This is just bloody awesome, and I love the physical seed library they have made: 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.”

Prison Culture is a great resource for learning about the US incarceration system and they are incredible organisers - well worth seeing what they are up to and how they do it if you do any campaigning yourself.

usprisonculture.com/blog/

I'm tired of talking about ethics in tech without talking about the inherently unethical economic framework that tech shapes and participates in.

"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."

points.datasociety.net/lets-av

The first "World #Commons Week" starts next week! Excited to hear what developments have been made in this field :) worldcommonsweek.org

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.

digital-democracy.org/mapeo/

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.

medium.com/@wedonthavetime/gre

This company that sells clothing says it had to stop selling to EU because of GDPR. This image IS their site now, it says: "Blame your government (no, really)".

Really though? It's that hard to sell me clothes while respecting my privacy? You only have to blame yourself on this one 😂

"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."

#creditunions

theguardian.com/money/2018/aug

Interesting podcast where @richdecibels talks about #Loomio and organisations. Somehow felt a bit relevant to #socialcoop stuff

He also mentions the talk @douginamug has given about post-consensus, cooperative decision-making - douginamug.gitlab.io/slides/po

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 ! Here's an article that might be helpful if you are new to Mastodon: theoutline.com/post/2689/masto

I made a flow chart of which #Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

#FAQ

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.

desmog.co.uk/2018/09/03/people

youtube.com/watch?v=-RrphEZxmU 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.

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.

bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-gla

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]"

news.trust.org/item/2018050920

"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."

#goodnews #positivenews #environment #renewables

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