There are very simple reasons why our system is careening towards disaster:
One is that our system all about getting ahead, standing out, winning, out-competing.
The best way to do that, like any self help book will tell you, is to focus on that goal, your success, above all else.
And so cooperation, compassion, empathy become hindrances.
The higher you climb in a hierarchy the more effectively this pressure will reward those who only care about their success and weed out those who have any other priorities.
So of course the people at the top do not care about the common good or the health of our planet.
I've been thinking a lot about spheres of "value logic" whilst reading doughnut economics book. Something like this, in order of proximity to oneself:
Friends/family freeconomy → managed commons → state → market
Capitalism seems to like to move things from left to right, in general I'd like to move things from right to left.
The further left, the more non-monetary benefits seem to emerge. Like community. And enjoyment. Very effective if you calculated full value to people.
Wowsers - currently 90% off all ebooks at Verso: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4395-ebook-flash-sale-90-off
I'm very proud that we implemented democratic features directly into https://karrot.world/ - currently there is a network of trust to gain editing rights, and discussion then score voting for group removal.
I'm not aware of other bits of software that use democratic processes to actually perform actions within the software. I'm sure there must be some others though...
Standalone democratic process tools kind of miss the point for me. I want to see democracy deeply embedded into our tools.
I was inspired seeing your lovely watercolour sketches on your cycle trip @distel - someone bought me a little watercolour set and I had a go!
I think last painting I did was probably 25 years ago in school :/
Any tips/advice/resources? ... I have some way to go ...
A critical look at community land trusts and how the community control can be eroded in favour of investors. Important lesson on be aware who you are accountable to.
The Inventaire & OpenData week begins in just under 3 weeks! There is still space for a few more people...
Books, free software and #opendata are friends 📖 💻 🔓 Inventaire.io is the platform which brings them together.
This event will be for working on the platform, introducing opendata and reading/discussing books 😉
Since it's being hosted at Kanthaus, you'll also get a taste of zero-waste, communal living (in picture) 🏠 ♻️
More info & sign-up:
video that shares stories from some of the front-line struggles being waged by women around the world – from Indigenous communities fighting against the colonial dispossession of their lands, to the challenges faced by migrants forced from their homes by economic inequality, climate change, and war.
Family death Show more
My mum died peacefully tonight after receiving a cancer diagnosis three years ago. She was a wonderful mum. Always encouraged me to explore.
a rant about being too busy to live Show more
They can read all notifications […] Very useful when eating […]
but why would anyone want to read notifications while eating? isn’t it unhealthy as hell?
for me, it’s the opposite that we should be encouraged to do: leave all our devices away while eating, sleeping, traveling or making love. then, we’d finally get in touch with reality, instead of being constantly and overly busy
Attention lovers of books 📚 developers of software 💻 and enthusiasts of #opendata! 🔓
You are invited to the first Inventaire & OpenData Week from the 18th to the 25th of July at Kanthaus (Germany) 🎉
Inventaire.io is the Free book platform made by and for book lovers. It uses and contributes to #Wikidata, building our data commons 🌐
No charge. You don't need to be a dev, just enthusiastic. See you there?
More info & sign-up: https://wiki.inventaire.io/wiki/Inventaire-OpenData-Week-2019?lang=en
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