During the group assembly process of the Malmö conference, an earlier proposal has been reactivated by @gandhiano and me to help sustain web-supported, accountable communication practice for degrowth networks. In doing so we wish to provide contemporary means of communication, based soley on libre tools. These have well evolved in the past years to aid the escape from communicative echochambers or implicit knowledge hierarchies, such as Facebook or mailing lists¹.
The proposal addresses explicit needs of communities within the degrowth network, which come up in everyday practice with information and communication technology. These are:
- Presentation of all associated services in a single place online
- Unified login for all services
- Sharing of files and calendars
- Communication channels of different qualities
- public and private
- structured and real-time
- integration with e-mail
- Visualisation of participating communities
From these needs, which were collected in unstructured survey with different peers during the conference, and by engaging with the group assembly process, we concluded the proposal as of:
With some special voluntary effort during the last week we have realised the following components:
Entry page to the available degrowth networking facilities
Private cloud, for files, calendars and more
Place to come together and have one’s own place for discussion online, which also hosts the group assembly process
Pads, just write the title in the address, i.e. pad.degrowth.net/my-first-pad
Map of Degrowth, to be continued …
Identification by a single login for all services
Remaining and upcoming are:
Messaging across all platforms (Web/Android/iOS)
Simple documentation system for providing accessibility and guidance to the new conversation streams
Other existing platforms will continue to function:
conference platform for call for papers, peer review and scheduling of sessions
ticketing, event registration and mass mailing system
We are almost finished with configuring the services, but need help in taking the group process online and initiate first exchanges through the new channels. This also means for us to be explicit in describing the conversation channels, mentioning the groups and coordinators that moderate them and to provide overall documentation early on.
I have compiled an overview of good settings and missing content for them at:
Please have a look there, if you feel like helping out with bootstrapping a concise online environment for degrowth communities. We have done the technical part, and now we need only a little support from your group.
What’s left to prepare from your point of view?
Thanks in advance, Jon