Enjoying the ramping up of #governance discussion that’s been happening in #socialcoop lately.

Reminded of some ideas I really liked from Alison Powell’s book [[Undoing Optimization: Civic Action in Smart Cities]]:

"In contrast to the smooth optimization that constrains citizenship, friction slows down the process and requires negotiation, balance, and acceptance of similarity within difference."

#Friction is not always bad. #Optimization is not always good.

Uploading the repair data from our local groups’ most recent repair cafe, it’s pleasing to see that we helped stop about 25 kg of things entering the waste stream, and perhaps ~200 kg of emissions of CO2e in the manufacture of new things.

But even more pleasing is that ~10 people shared their time and knowledge to help fix things. ~20 people cared enough to bring something along to make it last longer. Conversations were had, skills were shared, the community centre was buzzing. #BuenVivir.

I’ve been reading this article: [[Digital Ecosocialism: Breaking the power of Big Tech]]

Presents ‘#DigitalTechDeal’ with values of anti-imperialism, sustainability, social justice, worker empowerment, democratic control, class abolition. 10 principles: ditch IP, socialise and decentralise all the things (infrastructure, platforms, data), etc

Stronger on the socialist than the eco? More depth on the nod to staying within planetary boundaries would be nice.



We went to the bird reserve today, and I learned about ‘dabbling’ #ducks. Dabblers feed only at the surface – they don’t dive deeper. Makes sense!

My favourite dabblers so far are the Shovellers. Because:

a) they have comically large bills
b) they sound like a 17th century politcal movement

I got vaguely interested in quantified self many years back, it was initiated by poor sleep and persistent tiredness, so i got a sleep tracker, made lots of graphs, my partner at the time didn’t see the utility, concluding ‘look just get off social media and go to bed earlier’, they made a good point