This is just bloody awesome, and I love the physical seed library they have made: http://www.connectedseeds.org/visit
“The Connected Seeds Library lives at Spitalfields City Farm in east London. A seed library works a bit like a regular book lending library. In order to borrow seeds from the library you will need to become a member. Members can take seeds home to grow, and are encouraged to return some of the seeds to the library at the end of the season, in order to maintain the stock of available seeds.”
"Various conversations about AI and inclusion have already started. However, these important conversations run the risk of being shaped by an ‘artificial intelligentsia’ that discusses inclusion without truly including the voices of the marginalized people likely to suffer most significantly in an AI ecosystem that didn’t consider their voice in its design."
Some words from Roscoe, one of the first people to be jailed for their protest against #fracking in England
I went to a fascinating talk yesterday about participatory mapping and decolonising maps and was introduced to Digital Democracy who are doing amazing work.
One tool they've been developing is a peer-to-peer offline map editor called Mapeo. Indigenous peoples are using it to put their homes on the map in the Amazon.
Greta Thunberg is protesting outside the Swedish government every day until the elections (tomorrow) - refusing to go to school for the climate. She has powerful things to say to adults.
"New figures have shown that credit unions, long touted as offering a vital alternative to payday lenders, are on the rise."
"Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives owned and controlled by their members that have traditionally specialised in loans and savings for the less well-off. In a credit union, members typically pay in small sums to their account and can then access loans."
He also mentions the talk @douginamug has given about post-consensus, cooperative decision-making - https://douginamug.gitlab.io/slides/poco_coop_dm/#1
The second half of the podcast is all about #solarpunk
Welcome to all the new people who have joined the Campaign fediverse. Welcome to this corner of the #openweb! Here's an article that might be helpful if you are new to Mastodon: https://theoutline.com/post/2689/mastodon-makes-the-internet-feel-like-home-again?zd=1&zi=i53n74s2
Dissent is not a crime. A group of six women campaigners are defending their right to protest against a fossil fuel company which sought a wide-ranging injunction to restrict direct action at drilling sites.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RrphEZxmUo The famous mashup of early environmental nonviolent direct action produced by Richard Hering and George Marshall in 1993. The video collates actions from the beginnings of UK environmental NVDA 1991-93, along with other actions from around the world. Its extensive and humorous use of montage techniques made it inspirational to many actual campaigners as well as future ones. The video even appears in a novel.
A mastodon for mastodon
The bid to buy the Ulva Estate on behalf of the island's community was launched about a year ago - and it's been successful.
The estate covers Ulva and some of the isle of Mull, although there are only six residents on Ulva itself.
The group applied for a community right to buy of the estate under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
"California becomes first U.S. state to require solar panels on new homes [from 2020]"
"The decision ... came despite estimates it would raise the up-front cost of a new home by nearly $10,000 in one of the most expensive parts of the country.
"The Commission estimated the standards will add about $40 to monthly mortgage payments but will compensate for that by saving residents $80 a month on energy bills."
"In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer." Albert Camus
Founded on #4opens and moderated by an ethical code of conduct. Its a safe space for Campaigning and NGO groups to access their members via #openweb projects.
"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.
We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.
This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.
Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.
We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.
A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.