I totally support your religious right not to sell me a cake. However, if your business has declared itself as open to the public, I am the public and must be served.
To save us both a lot of grief (and so that you will not be guilty of false advertising) your business must declare itself as open only to specialized clientele that does not include me, by so stating in directories, on signage, in your ads, and in all appropriate documents, prior to my darkening your door.
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A meditation on a metaphorical boat
Summer of Commoning 3: The Assembly of the #Commons of Grenoble
"The spirit of commons in Grenoble has a long history. After the Second World War, unlike many other places, the city had, for quite a while, retained its own operators to manage electricity and water, which made it a very special case."
Currently reading Lao Zi, Kong Fu Zi, Zhuang Zi for more context. Always skimmed them, except for Zhuang Zi, before. Better hurry as I am 68 ...
@mattcropp I have people here waiting for dinner, but remind me some other time when you have the time... I've been thinking of an intercoop skunkworks lab for a while.
Not formal, sepia, naphtalene, and totally serious like the big co-op unions, more like a guerrilla marketing cell with representatives from many co-ops, who assemble periodically as a task force to drive specific points across.
"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."
<<Rule of thumb: assume every stranger you encounter has an invisible disability, a private inconsolable grief, or are in the midst of an undetectable crisis.
Offer each other moments of respite and grace.
Don’t allow projective envy to fool you into thinking you are the only or the most vulnerable person you will encounter in your day.
I listen to people’s sorrows and secrets every day - and every one is broken - especially the people you imagine are not.>>
Anyone interested in the well-being of their community should divide their time between emergency preparedness and charity.
Summer of Commoning 1: “La Fonderie” – 30 years of successful participatory housing
"La Fonderie is a project begun in 1984. This building was first a factory, bought by a developer forced to buy it as part of a lot, but who didn’t know what to do with it. He was delighted when the families (first 3, soon 10) offered to buy it so they could do some work and make their participatory housing project a reality."
Summer of Commoning 2: Mainstenant and the pirate island
"Laurence, a researcher at the university, is part of Mainstenant, a group of about fifty people who set out to revive abandoned places, villages and buildings – not only for leisure or work, but also to settle permanently and live with their families. And among the places they discovered, there is this extraordinary island."
Happy holidays, fellow overwhelmed introverts. Theorems on #alonetime which I've just articulated through gritted teeth:
• the negative effects of #solitude deprivation grow exponentially as the length of deprivation is extended
• solitude which is only available for short or unpredictable periods is much less restorative than that which is freely available
• quasi-solitude with the constant possibility of interruption even by relatively understanding people is not solitude.
I like the co-operative principles, and particularly #7 ("Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities") - but I think it should give a nod to remote communities and the planet as a whole. Is it implied perhaps? I suppose you could loosely interpret "community" as you want.
#Colombia is one of the most unequal countries in the world, a problem which can be traced back to an epic colonial #land grab, and was only made worse by companies like United Fruit in the 20th century (see 100 yrs of solitude)
How do they do it, you ask?
#Cooperatives, of course