I went to visit Sudo Room the other day, which has recently moved to a new collectively run community center called Omni Commons. There is a cute little cafe, a library, and some other facilities. The building is an old event space which has a dance hall, stage, cafe, a disco dance room, and much more.
It was very inspiring to see and I hope to make it down to Oakland a bit more and participate in the future!
[10/19/14: This was a draft post I had written back in January of 2013, I never published it for some reason]
Last week I was invited to facilitate a meeting of the Occupy Sandy Incubation Team, Monday (1/27). As it happens I didn’t facilitate, but had an opportunity to be a fly on the wall with the people who manage a large chunk of funds donated to Occupy Sandy. Money in Occupy is a strange and often terrible thing. There aren’t many time tested procedures to deal with money within a flat organization which has no real beginning or end. When all it takes to “be” and member is to state that you are a member, how do people manage something as controversial as money? It’s clear to me that money within #OCCUPYWALLSTREET is like the one ring. To control it gives you great power, but also drives you mad.
A friend of mine is running for the Portland, ME school board seat. She posted up a design for yard signs and asked for some feedback. The community did an awesome job with the feedback so I thought I would come in and just give it the “professional” touch.
The professional touch is fairly simple:
Large print ready format (in this case PDF, 700 mm x 400 mm)
Proper colors, e.g. CMYK
Choosing a proper font (In this case Becky went with a nice one to begin with)
Cleaning up kerning and leading
Here’s Becky’s original design, it’s a yard sign:
I then took that, figured out the font using MyFonts.com/WhatTheFont (I had to isolate and make the main text black on white for it to work)
Dropped that into Illustrator and came out with this:
You can see the outcome of my work in these two PDFs:
I’ve been developing a WordPress Multisite with Buddy Press for the Agile Learning Centers (ALC) over at agilelearningcenters.org and I want to make it all more open so others can see what I’m doing and collaborate.
Write this list
Create a github.com organization for ALC
Add the following repositories to the ALC organization
make-child-agile Theme (for ALC Schools, based off Make theme)
agile-learning-theme, This is the main theme for the Network site.
agile-blog theme for personal blogs
ALC WordPress, the entire WordPress repository.
Backup live website files
Git init on live site
Push to remote
Prepare ALC WordPress
Add remote repo for cbox theme to themes directory ([email protected]:cuny-academic-commons/cbox-theme.git)
Add remote repo for make theme to theme directory ([email protected]:thethemefoundry/make.git)
create .gitignore file
create env.php for config file
edit wp-config.php to include ignored env.php
make custom .htaccess file to pull /wp-upload files
Over the three day hackathon, I created a mock-up for the Taarifa system’s potential front-end. This was based off of the field reports gathered by the awesome Willow (@willowbl00) and discussions from other folks who worked on this project for over the past few years. So now, let’s talk a bit about what Taarifa is and what its use cases are. Continue reading Hacking Tanzanian Water Systems with Taarifia→
You’ve probably been hearing about the computer bug Heartbleed recently. It’s bad and it affects you but don’t despair, this is a great opportunity to make your online life more secure and easier to manage. I’ll tell you how!
First off let’s talk about Heartbleed. Basically someone goofed and released a bug in some software that helps websites secure connections between you and their servers.It’s what makes the “s” in https stand for secure. You can read up on the details yourself [edit: XKCD has a great explanation] but long story short it compromised a lot of servers across the Internet, servers where you might have an account. Which you now need to update with a new password.
I’ve been credited in the following report done by James Owens.
There is some very interesting data in here, I’ll share some quotes and graphs from the document.
The movement helped build democratic power
in the form of alliances across social divides reinforced by the ruling order. The network of allies brought together by Occupy organizing in NYC in the first half of 2012 displayed the kind of inclusion across differences of race, class, and social identity that characterize democratic pluralism. The study found Occupy organizing in NYC enabled a pluralistic network of alliances connecting over 200 non-profits, emerging grassroots groups, religious organizations, and incorporated businesses with over 120 Occupy groups. Those partners described themselves and their constituents using a broad range of marginalized as well as professional identities.
This provides evidence that Occupy was much more inclusive than is commonly believed.
Of the 124 political projects analyzed in this study only 2 sought to create or revive Occupy assemblies along the lines of the New York General Assembly (NYCGA) or Spokes Council. That so few projects sought to produce GA style authority structures does not support conclusions that the leading purpose of OWS or the NYC Occupy movement was to produce large consensus structures. Another finding that challenges common claims about the movement is that only 4 projects in the sample sought to produce alternative systems compared to 21 projects producing campaigns to reform existing financial, education, legislative, and electoral systems. This contradicts generalizations of OWS or the NYC Occupy movement as primarily an exercise in prefigurative politics, that is, more an attempt to produce alternative systems than to reform existing systems.
Keep in mind that this data is focused on self reporting groups. The more radical factions of OWS probably didn’t report themselves as revolutionary. Though I think this information should put to bed the idea the OWS is a strickly revolutionary movement. Which, in my humble opinion, is a irrelevant and tired debate.
This chart reflects the stated priorities of OWS groups. While the one below looks at some specific groups and the racial and income identities they brought together.
This chart is interesting in so far as it shows that very few groups bridged the upper and lower income, while the middle income went both ways.
I’m happy to have an internal report like this that can back up my experience from within the movement that was very diverse. It was my pleasure to help (in some small way) bring this into the world.