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What does it look like when co-ops work closely with architects to create shared living spaces? In November 2016, The Conversation looked at the #baugruppen model employed in some German #cities:

Some cities are proactive about incentivizing these kinds of developments:

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H/T to @muninn for suggesting this topic via our EtherPad:

Radio is still a very important communication tool and eastern DR Congo has a thriving community of radio clubs playing their part in building peace. Radio shows provide information from agriculture techniques to local militia movements.

Campaigning will still be a multimedia affair for a long time. It'll be interesting to see what mastodon can offer/is offering into the mix.

Fediverse folk!
Don't forget to boost interesting stuff.
The system relies solely on organic discovery.
We on small instances depend on boosts quite a lot!

Three dogs bound through Chilean forest with packs of native seeds on their backs to help rebuild forests destroyed by fire.

The and tags are a fascinating antidote to the doom and gloom messaging. And are usually good for a great story or two.

Loic Tallon, Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the largest art museum in the United States), about the success of #OpenAccess & collaboration with #Wikimedia:

"At The Met, more people (ten million a month) are now experiencing The Met collection on Wikipedia than on (two million a month). Furthermore, they’re doing so in languages and contexts that are near impossible for The Met to replicate and support on its own website."


A city, like a social network, can be hostile or welcoming, exploitative or cooperative; it can foster meaningful connections or impede them.

How can we become more intentional about the #cities we live in? We can look at examples of doing things differently, recognize patterns, adapt & apply them. This article by Amanda Abrams looks at a few examples of neighborhood organizing, from "senior villages" in the US to "sharing villages" in Korea:

I don't particularly believe the image is sensitive content. I was just trying out the image feature...

At a banner workshop for the film makers we will be making a bannner for the reinactment of the greenham march. it will be not too big but decorative with the text - 1981- never forget the greenham women ...probably the last banner we make

Have you heard of repair cafes, local meeting places where people come together to fix stuff that would otherwise end up as #waste? According to there are more than 1,500 repair cafes world-wide -- a growing, noncommercial global movement.

This article in The Guardian from last month gives a good introduction: "Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture"

The true impact of activism may not be felt for a generation. That alone is reason to fight, rather than surrender to despair

Rebecca Solnit is insightful as usual in this essay "Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option"

"Actions often ripple far beyond their immediate objective, and remembering this is reason to live by principle and act in hope that what you do matters, even when results are unlikely to be immediate or obvious."

The Hackable City recently released a series of informal toolkits on collaborative urbanism and grassroots citymaking, ‘The Hackable City’ Cahiers 1-3, available on the collective’s website. In Fall 2018, stay tuned for the forthcoming Springer edition The Hackable City Edited Volume: Digital Media and Collaborative Citymaking in the Network Society.

#urbanplanning #hackablecity

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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.
How are OMN projects run?