New post up on the CoLET site! "Towards A Slow Tech Movement: Building for Tech Justice" https://colet.space/slow-tech-movement/
Imo, one of the most damning aspects of capitalism is that it encourages people to have consumptive hobbies over creative ones.
It actively seeks to bar people from doing things like cooking, or writing, or making pottery, or anything else of that nature. Activities in which you are making something
Things like that are made either too expensive (in terms of money, or time, or both) or framed as something not worth wasting time on, because you can't support yourself doing art/writing/etc
A Conference for Digitalization and Sustainability
Anarchists in mainstream media: AAAAAA FUCK LAWS MAKE BOMBS BURN DOWN EVERY BUILDING, EVERYONE DIES YOU EITHER KILL YOURSELF OR GET KILLED, 5EDGY3ME
Anarchists IRL: I just want to be able to spend 20 hours a week baking bread for my commune and spend the rest of the time tending my garden and hanging out with my cats
RT @firstname.lastname@example.org: Great speech from @MhairiBlack@twitter.com "This entire farce is emblematic of Britain's broken democracy, a referendum held to appease an Etonian boy's club that was won on the back of financial corruption of elites." 👏👏👏👏👏
Crowdfunder to help a Brazilian woman continue studying for an economics masters.
.... this is basically my hope for saving humanity - getting wider perspectives involved in constructing these economic systems that determine so much.
No cheesy heart tugging music needed to get behind that!
(Also really impressed with the other students who organised to support her)
For me, it kinds of sums up the disconnect that can exist between the very well-intentioned people who a) develop software, b) deploy software to support community-building goals, and c) use that software in their communities. I'm convinced that hosting more conversations that include all three kinds of people could lead to improvements in the #UX of ethical tech, to the point where it's much better than any of the #DataFarms. That's my vision for the CTA and/or #OAE:
What a nice thing to read in a UN report:
There needs to be a shift away from economic models that value growth for growth’s sake, toward a new mindset that respects planetary boundaries, recognizes the economy as a subset of nature, and supports the concept of living in harmony with nature (reflected in SDG targets 8.4, 12.2 and 12.8, in particular)
I'll be talking about 'Cooperatively developed software tools for food saving communities" (aka Karrot) at Newspeak house in London this coming Wednesday.
6:30pm upstairs in the drawing room at the start of ration club (so you can hang out after for eating and chatting).
More info ----> https://www.nwspk.com/events?id=445#event-445
Here's a list of things that matter more than your ability to hold a job:
- your mental health
- your physical health
- your heart
- your kindness
- your willingness to listen to others and empathize with them
- your sense of humor (lol)
- your family, blood or chosen
- your creativity
- your morals
- you, as you are
I love working in a kind of flexible/ad-hoc way on open source projects, I would love to explore if paid projects could be delivered like this.
Instead of project timelines, estimates, roles, deliverables, etc. just start with a git repo and build up a (paid) community of contributors over time.
Deciding how to split funds is tricky, I had a few thoughts here about using a variation of score voting for it https://social.coop/@nicksellen/101031811546850939
The main contradiction of liberal democracy is that it has largely been shaped through a history of various forms of illegal civil disobedience against entrenched power structures. Such civil disobedience is retrospectively seen as justified, and the people committing it are retrospectively seen as heroes. However, each successive generation is asked to believe that any further civil disobedience would be unreasonable.
To anybody in the UK who's interested in improving the quality of #SocialCare, consider supporting Equal Care Co-op's crowdfunder campaign.
They've got a very cool multi-stakeholder #cooperative structure and are also a #PlatformCoop. @LeoSammallahti and I spent an hour yesterday talking to Emma, one of the co-founders and I was quite impressed by her radical perspectives on care work and the value of cooperatives for changing power dynamics in the sector.
Went to my first #RadicalRoutes gathering last weekend.
RR is a mutual aid network of mostly housing co-ops. The website is shitty but we're working on it: http://radicalroutes.org.uk/
It was loads of fun meeting punx from all over these isles. Co-ops are a hack of the capitalist economy and I hope more people will be able to experience living and working together in them going forwards.
Though there is a lot of discussion about finance the main benefit of the network is all the new friends made!
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here