A beginning of an explanation of what I eventually hope to accomplish here
On Reddit, last week, I made a public commitment to write an extended, coherent explanation of what I would like to use Hubzilla to achieve. It was, I guess, an attempt to force
myself to overcome my lifelong writing block.
It turns out, though, that merely making a highly visible statement of intention doesn't immediately address whatever accreted inhibitions have prevented me from writing extensively. I'm going to have to chip away at this problem, write a little bit at a time and weave those bits into a larger, more comprehensive document.
So here's the first bit:
Yesterday, my son listened to a podcast on "platform cooperatives" and asked me if that was what I was trying to set up here. This was my answer:
"Platform Cooperatives", as I understand the term, are more specialized in intent than what I'm trying to set up: photographers get together to sell their own photos, e.g.
I'd like to prototype platforms that serve as non-commercial, self-governing alternatives to the digital sharecropping of FB, Youtube, Insta, Twitter, etc. (where YOU are the product, your content is leveraged for their profit -- though they will reward a select few). My idea is to "seize the means of community", to deliberately and conscientiously build an ethos-centered community that will enable people to offer (real) mutual aid, collaborate on political and social projects, find CSA partners, jointly shop alternatives to Amazon, etc.
In the process, they will hopefully document the technologies and the rules of interaction that will then serve as a template for a wide range of perhaps more specialized cooperative communities (such as student local journalism or a virtual local "coffee shop" or a neighborhood green action group).