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Mon 7 Oct 2019

October 2019 Social.coop Strategy Thread

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Matthew Cropp Public Seen by 247

In the most recent Community Working Group Operations Team call, we discussed moving a process forward to collect members' thoughts on the strategic direction of our co-op, with an eye towards a developing a plan to guide the co-op going forward. We'll be given a short (8 minutes) slot during the Platform Cooperativism conference in early November to discuss social.coop, so that gives us a good deadline for completing this work.

So, I'll be putting out a schedule poll for a 90 minute Zoom call this month that all members are invited to participate in, and we also welcome folks to share their thoughts and ideas in this thread!

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JohnKuti Fri 1 Nov 2019

not an exhaustive list of things to distinguish in a social network / information commons:

  1. news vs knowledge vs wisdom

1.what’s important news for everybody, news for specialists in a particular area, personal reflection and ongoing communication between friends.

  1. who should and shouldn't be allowed to register as a user.

  2. speech and aggression.

  3. “work” that should be paid in money and “work” that shouldn't.

  4. issues where a collective acts as one and where each member acts separately.

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mike_hales Wed 30 Oct 2019

Here's a condensed version of what's in my pdf notes - more visual, single page

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Matthew Cropp Fri 1 Nov 2019

Facepalm Thanks for noticing, just updated with the link.

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mike_hales Wed 30 Oct 2019

@Matthew Cropp was there intended to be a link here, to the meeting notes? I don’t see one.

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Matthew Cropp Wed 30 Oct 2019

Notes from today's call. Thanks everyone!

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Matt Noyes Mon 28 Oct 2019

That was my understanding. Thanks for getting the conversation moving!

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mike_hales Mon 28 Oct 2019

No problem with abstaining Matt, I’m not trying to get these ideas endorsed here. I just want to float some thoughts for discussing on Weds, which first began to form during the meltdown weeks last year.

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Manuela Bosch
Abstain
Wed 30 Oct 2019

i did not have the chance yet to dive into this and have been not enought involved lately to be able to judge priorities. but i trust it's the right topics to discuss.

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Ana Ulin
Abstain
Tue 29 Oct 2019

Points #4 and #3 ("A-list") feel particularly important to me.

The financial underpinnings of social.coop and how we compensate those who "do the work" (tech or otherwise) feels like an existential matter for the continued thriving of social.coop.

Having a set of ideas that don't need to be re-litigated in times of crisis would make us more robust and help prospective members self-select. Can be a simple list, eg: https://doubleunion.org/base_assumptions/

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emi do
Abstain
Tue 29 Oct 2019

@mikeh8: thank you for putting so much thought into this. I think it's awesome that you are able to articulate and organize your ideas in writing. For me, the theoretical ideas you're presenting are a bit taxing to my energy levels towards this project and it's hard for me to reconcile the proposals you've made with the practical issues we are facing on the platform.

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Matt Noyes
Abstain
Mon 28 Oct 2019

I like these ideas, I do think we need to consider making the existing do-ocracy a bit more formal, and based on my recent introduction to MayFirst, which just became a cooperative, that process -- making social.coop a formal cooperative -- might have a good heuristic affect, provoking more participation and commitment...
Abstaining because I see these as valid topics for discussion but am not ready to endorse them.

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Leo Sammallahti
Abstain
Mon 28 Oct 2019

Mike, I understand that it's tricky to try to summarise what I'm sure are well thought out ideas in a short form, but I am not entirely sure of what you mean so correct me if I'm wrong a path here.

Regarding commoning, I have tried to improve and extend Wikipedia articles relevant to coops. I think that could be one nice activity Social Coop could organise.

@mattnoyes for example seems to be interested in Latin American coop movement. We could perhaps improve Wiki articles relevant to it.

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mike_hales
Consent
Mon 28 Oct 2019

The pdf had become detached from the proposal. It's re-attached now.

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Matt Noyes
Consent
Mon 28 Oct 2019

I like these ideas, I do think we need to consider making the existing do-ocracy a bit more formal, and based on my recent introduction to MayFirst, which just became a cooperative, that process -- making social.coop a formal cooperative -- might have a good heuristic affect, provoking more participation and commitment...
Also - not sure what is meant by #3 above. Core intentions of whom regarding what?

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Bob Haugen
Consent
Mon 28 Oct 2019

Loomio says the "attached pdf" does not exist.
Option to add: Make social coop more useful to coopers. First step: add Loomio polls to the social.coop client app. Loomio has done this for Slack(tm), wd be better to add to Fediverse...

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mike_hales started a proposal Mon 28 Oct 2019

Proposals for discussion in Zoom on Oct 30 Closed Wed 30 Oct 2019

Outcome
by mike_hales Wed 30 Oct 2019

Today’s Zoom discussion picked up three of the topics proposed. One of them - a list of ‘core concerns’ which defines the intentions and common purposes of social.coop - will be taken up. Another - the labour required to support the platform infrastructure of social.coop - seems likely to be an ongoing concern, which some people have a particular focus on. The third - developing a public knowledge base around the core concerns - was tacitly accepted, but with no clear definition of how this may be done. Editing Wikipedia entries related to coops was one proposal. Adopting fedwiki as a platform for use by social.coop members was not discussed in any detail. The fourth proposal - to regard social.coop as a ‘cultural commons’ rather than simply ‘a coop’ - was not discussed.

Looking forward to Wednesday’s Zoom discussion. I have three interlinked ideas that I offer for discussion, as possible developments in social.coop:

  1. Develop a self-aware practice as a cultural commons - which is not exactly the same as ‘a coop’.

  2. Start up a durable, evolving, ‘commoned’ knowledge base around the core concerns (maybe a fedwiki); and

  3. Adopt a statement of core concerns and intentions - an ‘A-list’. A fourth matter arises along with these:

  4. Review the financial basis of social.coop, and payment for the tech ops team members who maintain and develop the platform infrastructure.

The attached pdf has a bit on each. Plus fifth, a brief reflection on where we maybe are at, compared with the meltdown in 2018.

This isn't actually a call to vote. This is just a way to propose topics we might discuss. If the discussion thinks they're OK, this might become a vote later? But if you do have options to add, you can do this in the voting process.

Results
Consent - 2
Abstain - 5
Objection - 0
7 people have voted (3%)
DVN

Dave V. ND9JR
No
Wed 30 Oct 2019

Will be at work at the time.

MB

Manuela Bosch
Yes
Wed 30 Oct 2019

I can join the call only partly, i'll try to be there in the first part. i hope this is ok. joining anyway feels important. i'll be at the platform coop conference too and would love to reconnect before with social.coop and you guys.

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Django
No
Tue 29 Oct 2019

Can’t make it

N

Noah
Yes
Mon 28 Oct 2019

I will try to make it. Might be late.

M

mike_hales
Yes
Sun 27 Oct 2019

D

Darren
Yes
Mon 21 Oct 2019

Thanks for organising this, I look forward to it.

N

Nikita
No
Mon 21 Oct 2019

Can't make it, unfortunately. :/ No big deal!

CL

Carey Lin
No
Sat 19 Oct 2019

K

kekorraelagua
No
Fri 18 Oct 2019

AU

Ana Ulin
Yes
Mon 14 Oct 2019

ED

emi do
Yes
Sun 13 Oct 2019

AW

Aaron Wolf
No
Sun 13 Oct 2019

could possibly, and would like to, but it's 7AM-8:30 where I am, and that's the block of time I have to get my son ready for 9AM preschool.

LS

Leo Sammallahti
Yes
Sat 12 Oct 2019

MF

Mica Fisher
No
Sat 12 Oct 2019

This is during work for me but I hope the conversation is fruitful!

NS

Nick S
No
Sat 12 Oct 2019

Clashes with a childcare commitment

CD

Clayton Dewey
Yes
Fri 11 Oct 2019

J

JohnKuti
Yes
Fri 11 Oct 2019

I'm a very new user/member so I'm not expecting to say anything, But I'd like to understand what's happening. This is 17.00 in Saint Petersburg.

BH

Bob Haugen
Yes
Fri 11 Oct 2019

MN

Matt Noyes
Yes
Fri 11 Oct 2019

JF

Jake Franklin
Yes
Fri 11 Oct 2019

MC

Matthew Cropp
Yes
Fri 11 Oct 2019

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Matthew Cropp started a check Fri 11 Oct 2019

RSVP for 10/30 10am-11:30am EDT Strategy Call Closed Wed 30 Oct 2019

Please check 'yes' if you plan to attend, 'no' if you cannot make it. Tentative agenda (subject to suggestions):

  • Personal Check-ins

  • Round of thoughts about, reflections on, and ideas for social.coop (~1-2 min. each)

  • Lessons learned thus-far.

  • Proposal(s) development for policies, reforms, etc.

  • Check-outs

Call Coordinates:

Topic: S.C Strategy Meeting

Time: Oct 30, 2019 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 113 470 915

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Meeting ID: 113 470 915

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13 - Yes
8 - No
MC

Matthew Cropp Mon 7 Oct 2019

It should be local for everyone.

N

Nikita Mon 7 Oct 2019

What's the timezone here? Is it local time for everyone?

MF

Mica Fisher Wed 9 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Wed 23 Oct 2019
Wed 23 Oct 2019
Tue 15 Oct 2019
Tue 15 Oct 2019
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mike_hales Wed 9 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019

The way the instance is run seems opaque to me (occasional user, involved in no other social media). Participating ('at large' member) in the ops team made me aware the active core of operational labour is small (& tenuous?). 'Steering' labour too. So I'm still unclear in what way social.coop can operate as a coop, in the sense that a food distribution coop or a producer coop might be; or even my commercial telephone consumer coop in the UK. But great conversations!

MN

Matt Noyes Wed 9 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Wed 23 Oct 2019
Tue 15 Oct 2019
MB

Manuela Bosch Tue 8 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Tue 22 Oct 2019

My availability may change, this is what I can say for now. Thanks for the initiative.

NS

Nathan Schneider Mon 7 Oct 2019

Darn, none of these times really works with my family schedule.

BH

Bob Haugen Mon 7 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Wed 23 Oct 2019
Tue 22 Oct 2019
Tue 15 Oct 2019

I am most interested in discussions about how to make social.coop more useful for people involved in and/or organizing cooperatives and especially coordinating more than one cooperative. Not necessarily less social, but more cooperative.

CZ

Chris Zumbrunn Mon 7 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Tue 22 Oct 2019

AW

Aaron Wolf Mon 7 Oct 2019

Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
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Nikita Mon 7 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Tue 22 Oct 2019

My main thoughts are: (1) you people are amazing, and (2) I'd love to see more transparency and ease of contributing. I'd love to help with that as well, I'm just shy and/or busy. I mean improving the wiki, making sure working group lists are public and up to date, adding clear instructions for participation, etc.

AU

Ana Ulin Mon 7 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Wed 30 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Tue 22 Oct 2019
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Leo Sammallahti Mon 7 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
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Wed 30 Oct 2019
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Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Fri 25 Oct 2019
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Tue 15 Oct 2019
Tue 15 Oct 2019

Have a bad habit of forgetting these calls but now I will put an alarm on my phone...

MC

Matthew Cropp Mon 7 Oct 2019

Thu 31 Oct 2019
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Matthew Cropp started a time poll Mon 7 Oct 2019

Social.coop Strategy Conversation Zoom Call Closed Wed 9 Oct 2019

Outcome
by Matthew Cropp Fri 11 Oct 2019

It looks like October 30 at 10am US Eastern Daylight Time is our most mutually workable day! I will create an RSVP poll with the call coordinates, and look forward to the conversation!

If you're interested in joining a call to contribute your thoughts to the strategic direction and future of social.coop, please indicate which times might work for you to join a Zoom call. We also welcome folks' thoughts in the thread this decision is embedded in as well.

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Total
Mon 14 Oct 2019, 20:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Mon 14 Oct 2019, 21:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Tue 22 Oct 2019, 10:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
Tue 22 Oct 2019, 20:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Tue 22 Oct 2019, 21:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3
Fri 25 Oct 2019, 09:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Fri 25 Oct 2019, 10:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6
Fri 25 Oct 2019, 11:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
Sun 27 Oct 2019, 20:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Mon 28 Oct 2019, 09:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6
Mon 28 Oct 2019, 10:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
Wed 30 Oct 2019, 09:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8
Wed 30 Oct 2019, 10:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9
Wed 30 Oct 2019, 20:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Thu 31 Oct 2019, 09:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8
Thu 31 Oct 2019, 10:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8