I’m still interested in qualitative system dynamics modeling as an approach to grappling with digital ecosocialism and how to transition to it. The qualitative system dynamics model used in A leverage points analysis of a qualitative system dynamics model for climate change adaptation in agriculture was built using a triangulation process from individual models. I’m reading more about that in Identifying Strengths and Obstacles to Climate Change Adaptation in the German Agricultural Sector.
For a qualitative system dynamics model of digital capitalism, digital ecosocialism and the transition from one to the other, one might triangulate from a bunch of different existing models that are out there related to digital ecosocialism. Such as:
- Digital Ecosocialism: Breaking the power of Big Tech
- Platform Socialism
- Internet for the People
- Governable Stacks against Digital Colonialism
- Digitalization and the Anthropocene
- Leveraging Digital Disruptions for a Climate-Safe and Equitable World: The D2S Agenda
A new one for the mix that I came across:
It’s perhaps a bit less defined than some of those previous models, but interesting nonetheless, and with a Latin American slant, so a good perspective to have.
Some problems from digital capitalism recently in the news. To help map them out, I’m tagging them with some of the criteria I defined in my OU research.
Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.
– Karl Marx
Some latest news on concrete actions that are part of an ecosocialist ICT movement.
- Lots of interesting initiatives in Decentralized and rooted in care: envisioning the digital infrastructures of the future.
- Some good right to repair news lately.
Finally, a few other things I’ve been reading, listening to, and watching that are adjacent to the topics of ecosocialism and ICT.
- The Double Objective of Democratic Ecosocialism. First I’ve seen Jason Hickel explicitly mention degrowth and ecosocialism together (it’s quite likely that he has before, given his outlook – just first time I’ve noticed it). The prefix of ‘Democratic’ is interesting though. Deliberate positioning with democratic socialism I presume, as opposed to say degrowth communism.
- On Technology and Degrowth. Jason Hickel again, on green growth and degrowth. “It should be clear from the above that degrowth is best understood as an element within a broader struggle for ecosocialist (and anti-imperialist) transformation.”
- Kohei Saito on Degrowth Communism. Degrowth needs communism, communism needs degrowth. Perhaps a stronger version of Hickel’s democratic ecosocialism.
- W. Brian Arthur (Part 1) on The History of Complexity Economics
- What happens to your waste? with Oliver Franklin-Wallis. Waste, waste streams, and recycling.
5. Until next time
That’s it! See you next month. Until then, you can find latest streams of thoughts over at my website.