Help out the tightshift coop get to their fundraising goal.
“Tightshift Laboring Cooperative’s mission is to model a just, equitable economy, where workers profit from their labor through cooperative ownership.”
Brixton Pound presents Accidental Anarchist | Friday Film Club @ The Brixton Pound Cafe - Friday, April 20, 2018 at Brixton Pound Cafe, London, England.
Accidental Anarchist is a gripping documentary charting a British diplomat’s unexpected journey from Whitehall’s corridors of power to northern Syria, where in a frontline in the war against ISIS a new model of democracy is being pioneered.
The bankruptcy declaration of Mondragón Corporation's major subsidiary, Fagor Electrodomésticos Group, illustrates the need for large-scale cooperatives to go beyond competition in the existing economic system and begin to address system design.
Interesting read about some of the issues faced at the system level as cooperatives get large and embedded in global markets. As experienced by Mondragon.
US friends – just so you know:
it is bullshit and illegal under federal law for electronics manufacturers to put “Warranty Void if Removed” stickers on their gadgets, and it’s also illegal for companies to void your warranty if you fix your device yourself or via a third party
Goal: turn the Barbican in London into a permanent autonomous zone.
Goal completed so far: 0.01% (had idea)
#london #barbican #paz
Great interview with David Bollier on the commons (natural, urban, digital), commoning, re-recognising the value in things that sit outside of market economics and exchange value. (Contains the bombshell that apparently 20% of the human genome has already been enclosed and patented. WTF?!)
In general, how do you become a member of a housing coop? (And more specifically, how in the UK? Anyone with experience of doing so?)
After the latest update, syncthing is really killing my battery on Android.
The revolutionary potential of the solidarity economy. As part of a bigger package of citizen participation, a genuine alternative beyond market and state. Important it’s not just theoretical – hence the value of autonomous zones (from small to large scale) putting it into practice in the here and now.
The Preston Model infographic.
“a holistic framework for integrating community, cooperative, and public assets into a mutually supporting system of local economic prosperity”
Joined the Open App Ecosystem loomio group. I like the aim: ‘This is a neutral group to talk about how we can build a suite of interoperable, open source tools which support transparent, democratic, and decentralized organizing.’ Not 100% sure what the approach is yet, but good to talk with other who care abou this and are thinking these things over. https://www.loomio.org/g/exAKrBUp/open-app-ecosystem
Managed to move my calendar relatively painlessly to nextcloud from google.
Need to get on top of my accounts a little bit. Looking into plain text accounting. Basically you keep your ledger in plain text files and the apps provide various helpers and reporting functionality on top of that. Integrates quite nicely with org-mode, so works for mean. Just need to choose between ledger, hledger, and beancount though. Beancount has fava built on top of it, but it doesn’t seem as good for budgeting options. I might go with hledger and use the beancount converter to display it in fava.
Fascinating to read about ‘the Preston model’. Preston is a town about 30 minutes from where I grew up in the north-west of England. (Narrowly) voted for Brexit. In the middle of an attempted transition to localism and cooperativism inspired by Cleveland in the US and Mondragon.
Yeah it was great for that. Also challenging lots of preconceptions. In many places my first reaction was ‘hmm not sure I like the sound of that..’ Like the dormitories, the absent parenting, the kids just being assigned a name. And then over time I’d start thinking ‘wait, exactly why don’t I like that idea?’ Like is there objectively something wrong with it or just because of the particular cultural hegemony I’ve grown up in.
Which contradictions were you thinking of?