Part of why Cooperation Jackson was able to get going was Mississippi was bypassed by traditional capitalism. Preston is economically depressed. Rojavan revolution grew in the vacuum of conflict. Puerto Rico is reorganising as a community after natural disaster.

There is ‘the shock doctrine’ and ‘disaster capitalism’. We should have ‘the cooperation doctrine’, ‘disaster anarchism’. Or, more poetically, as per Rebecca Solnit, paradises made in hell.

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There’s a ton of ride sharing groups for activists on Facebook.

We got any in the fediverse?

(Say I wanted to hitch a ride from the UK to Calais, I’d post in the group or find someone who already posted that they’re going that way.)

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Remakery Brixton Restart Party

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018, 6:00 PM

The Remakery
51 Lilford Road, SE5 9HY London, GB

18 Restarters Attending

**This Restart Party is hosted by the Remakery** Remakery is excited to take the lead and host its first Restart Party! Bring along your broken appliances and take away new knowledge! This event runs from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Whatever needs fixing, be it a toaster or a mobile phone or a DVD player, bring it with you; members of the Restart Project tea...

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Attending Brixton Pound presents Accidental Anarchist
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.

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Mondragón and the System Problem

(Truthout)
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.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/19704-mondragon-and-the-system-problem

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My #socialcoop story

Joined social.coop about 7 months ago (214 days ago to be precise).

I’d heard about Mastodon before & had a profile on mastodon.social that I wasn’t really using.

Think I most probably heard about social.coop from the CoTech (a forum of UK tech coops.)

Since joining I’ve learned a lot more about co-ops, got more political, got involved in our reading group, and got a little involved in how our instance works through our Loomio.

It’s been great!

#Anniversary

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The making of the CommonsCloud - technical choices

(freeknowledge.eu)

Interesting article on the tech choices behind CommonsCloud.

freeknowledge.eu/article/makin

(CommonsCloud is a platform coop combining Discourse, NextCloud and Phabricator. They’re trying to build an online collaboration platform for the solidarity economy.)

en.goteo.org/project/commonscl

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Just saying, nomadic identity and cloning, these are smart ideas:

“Nomadic identity means true ownership of online identity. With Hubzilla, you don’t have an account on a server, you own an identity that you can take with you across the grid. You can clone a channel across multiple hubs for resilience against network failures or censorship, or you can completely move a channel from one hub to another, taking your data and connections with you.”

Kudos to #Hubzilla on that.

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by DazinismDazinism(social.coop)
Piece about tech #coops leading an upswing of workers coops in the UK and the causes of the previous decades of decline in number of worker coops. The sixth coop principle - cooperation between cooperatives is stronger in counties that have not seen the same kind of decline of worker coops. bob cannell: Some Reasons why the 1970s Wave of UK Worker Coops Faded Away and Why there is an Upsurge in the 2010s - https://bobcannell.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/some-reasons-why-1970s-wave-of-uk.html

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

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.

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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.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/14/poverty-was-entrenched-in-preston-so-we-became-more-self-sufficient

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/31/preston-hit-rock-bottom-took-back-control

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One of the things I love about The Dispossessed is that LeGuin doesn’t pretend that once anarchist society is established it’s all roses and freedom and happiness because she jumps right into all the contradictions of living in a society conceived of as a revolution and keeps on interrogating that. It’s great! Even the bits at the end that are heartbreaking but also familiar because, yeah, we’ve all dealt with that even in the spokescouncil model blah blah blah bleep bloop

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?

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by Josh DavisJosh Davis(social.coop)
TightShift Laboring Cooperative is a worker co-op composed primarily of formerly incarcerated people. They are raising money for a moving truck and insurance, and have a matching grant for donation received by May 1. https://www.gofundme.com/tightshift They're super awesome. You should definitely throw them a few bucks to help get their co-op rockin'.