Portuguese expat living in Brussels since 2003, I'm interested by the intersection of technology, politics, participatory democracy, grassroots movements and human rights.
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So @firstname.lastname@example.org what do you prefer? A non profit that get some structural subsidies (without any obligations) from compagnies that Allow said non-profit to implement open-source solutions for civil society, NGO's and what not or you prefer to advocate for a non profit, very pure, very perfect, without money or funds to implement anything at all, a non profit unable to do its mission but very pure?
That's your MVP it seems and I don't think it's sustainable neither realistic, the freaking world is what it is, how are we going to change it?
By screaming at the impurity of others and their minimal lack of integrity, even if that sends them to being unable to operate? (but stay pure) is this how we're going to win this battle? By finding all the impurities out there, all the hybrid choices, all the in-between's and shot them in the head for being impure?
And then what? What's next? What's the end goal here? What's the purpose? What is being built if anything at all?
I'd rather get funds from companies and divest this money from big corporations and invest it in civil-society working for the greater good with autonomy, empowerment through digitalisation and ethical business than decimating the ecosystem for it being un-pure and not 100% in line with your one and holy thinking.
In short this issue, is precisely why the global Left is unable to win any battles since 20 years.. We're dogmatic, purists, cultists about our own certainties, to the point we turn against those acting for the greater good for the sake of their "impurity", dismissing their work, their past, their history for their un-pure present choices..
How far do you want to go? Alone or together?
How do we educate the masses to reach a similar understanding about the multi faceted problems we're having because of the choices made in the recent past?
How do share this understanding so that, as a collective of people, we can in respect of everyone's thinking and opinions move collectively to a safer place as societies?
I don't think it is by hitting at those trying their way out to move forward. And let me be clear here, I read you since many years, I follow you on different networks, I was inspired by you joining Diem and your tweets and blog post helped shape the choices I have made at a personal level for so many things regarding technology but now it's 2019, the world is a constant war, isn't there another path than confrontation & wars to move forward? isn't there a chance that in the last 10 years of ranting there was other ways to reach concrete goals and win actual battles by working from the inside at reaching the goals instead of ranting tilting at windmills ?
I don't speak about this often because in this space it's like you often need to be perfect 100% to have the legitimacy to speak up or earn a reputation in some other way that I don't have/want to have.
But I feel concerned and I work in a place that wants to do good (but is funded by the Brussels region, some compagnies that I wish were different, yes indeed) what should I do?
Abandon my work where I can help women and minorities to claim their ownership, their data, their infrastructure because the non-profit I work for is partially getting subsidies from companies that could be criticized or that seem in opposition with our non profit mission?
Is that the Left proposal? Become so pure that you loose everything but revered by your peers for having sacrificed everything for the sake of 100% integrity ? sounds like a cult to me.
I'd rather work for a non-profit determined to work under the hood and shape the infrastructure of tomorrow's internet landscape even if the money comes from compagnies (well obviously not Total, Shell or Facebook) but the same logic can be applied if your way of reasoning was to be applied to different sponsors or subsidies, there is always something to say, each person will have it's own red line on what is ethical or not, What would you do if your life income would depend on that? Does anyone need to become as radical in their personal lives, cut themselves from any hybrid situation, so that they can have a say in this debate ? again, sounds like a cult to me.
Also let's think about why you can make the choices you can afford? What privileges allow you to make them?
What are you going to tell to a women trying to launch her business (her main living source) by using whatever "free tools" she can get to advance her goals, because she doesn't know or doesn't have the know-how to make the same choice but staying fully autonomous and free from the big companies?
What are you going to tell her?
That her approach is wrong, capitalist surveillance based, lack of integrity etc... or are you going to try to grasp the moment where you will be able to help her reach the same goals but with open source tools, with an infrastructure she owns and control and that will be the base to run her business and will power her own empowerment ?
Between the two I'll gladly help instead of rant, we need builders, not ranters.
My blog is now part of the #indieweb webring, feel free to add yourself by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
It's fun to browse the webring and discover new people joining the self-hosted exodus or rejoining the openweb after a few years wandering in the corponet.
This is how I stumbled upon Cedric.io and will probably stumble upon new sites daily since I have no idea about the amount of blogs/sites part of the network.. This whole webring thing feels very 2000's to 2003 era when blogs were the basis of the "social network" in the openweb. Then came the giant Goliath and I hope will come the David's to reclaim the web, one inch after another so that this wonderful tool that is the internet can be reclaimed for what it was supposed to be : something to empower individuals and society at large with the intent and results of making it better, more inclusive, more accessible to all, something that will definitely need some care if we want the original ideas and manifesto of the web to survive the next few decades.
It's up to us all..