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Occasional references to in worker and movements in Duke UP's Reader (which is great, btw) are tantalizing but don't get an extended discussion. Anyone know where I could learn more about that history & about contemporary projects?

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Blog post about some stuff I'm doing - Jupyter Notebooks for Digital Archaeology (and Digital History too!)

interactive notebooks in your browser for teaching and learning digital archaeology. I built many of these; edits welcome.

t.co/grc03aDge2

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Important news from North Carolina.
newsobserver.com/news/local/ed

“After about two hours, many of the marchers headed to Franklin Street, followed by some of the officers. A core group of protesters stayed with the statue.

“A short time later, Silent Sam was pulled down, sending people screaming and jumping in disbelief. Smoke bombs were set off around what was left of the monument.”

Well done.

Natural language processing, Indigenous languages Show more

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Hey newbies; one neat side project of our instance is a reading group!

If you'd like to join, hop on this Loomio group: loomio.org/join/group/48bb4654

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What kinds of development methods have successful tech worker adopted?

I'm assuming these methods look more like variants on than "waterfall", but I also expect they're different from variants from outside the coop movement (Scrum, etc).

If that's true, has there been any effort to compare experiences and come up with some takeaways from them (if not actually formalize a new method and give it a name)?

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Is there yet a Mastodon instance themed around language learning, multilingualism and polyglot people?

I could be interested in opening one, if this niche is not filled yet.

Some context to my question re carrying out a coop conversion when some number of workers don't want to buy in:

I work at a software consultancy with around 20 workers. We're big enough that achieving total consensus is hard at best, but we're small enough that losing even a small number of people would seriously hurt the company.

I don't think I've read *any* case studies on tech companies on this scale becoming coops—I'm interested most of all in takes rooted in similar experiences.

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Solidarity Research Center in partnership with Red Nation Coalition and US Solidarity Economy Network presents

THIRD WORLD SOLIDARITY ECONOMY

A livestream panel discussion between Black, indigenous, and people of color organizing autonomous communities and liberated economies from Los Angeles to the Navajo Nation to Jackson, Mississippi.

Date: Saturday, 8/11/18
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm ET/5:30-6:30 pm CT/4:30-5:30 pm PT
Location: solidarityresearch.org (livestream)
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Some of the reasons I love Mastodon:

1) People are so much more likely to respond/comment on toots here (and positively, too!)

2) When you ask for help/suggestions/crits/support people are so willing to do what they can to help.

3) So much more positive messages/media are shared here, and things that are less positive/problematic are often CWed

4) It feels like people are here to communicate, not just consume media or search for popularity

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Just added the lexicon of Moeris (920 headwords) to the Index of Ancient Greek Lexica: dcthree.github.io/ancient-gree

We're discussing a cooperative conversion at my workplace, and there are people who aren't interested who are afraid they'd be forced to leave.

How normal is it for worker coops to leave employees the option of *not* becoming members but still staying on as employees? (I'm assuming all employees always *have* that option, mind you.)

How does it work out when they do? Does it create informal pressures that undermine workplace democracy, or is it functional?

Correction: Tuesday evening. Anyway, sorry to miss you, @BeechMtn.

@tbeckett @caseymerie @nathan

@nathan and @caseymerie too, though you're a bit farther from Durham. @BeechMtn @tbeckett

@tbeckett @BeechMtn "Work it, Own it: Worker-owned coop learning circle", taking place in Durham this Wednesday evening—y'all coming? :) usworker.coop/civicrm/?page=Ci

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A couple of places jump to mind. Although neither of them are exactly what you are looking for.

Privivera del Ixcan which I visited 6 years back. Was created with rolled-in.

hackwriters.com/primadi.htm

blog.mimundo.org/2007/02/the-r

Also the Cooperative Intergral Catalonia/Fair Co-op related resettled industrial colony

calafou.org/en/content/about