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Using ActivityPub to federate communities

As I wrote 18 months ago, Drupal is not the future of Community Forge, and I outlined a vague roadmap, but now things are much clearer.

A new standard protocol called ActivityPub allows communities using independent web sites to federate around content management. Content is published to the network, and the content can be edited, tagged, answered, by members of other communities. One social network Mastodon was built using ActivityPub and it is growing impressively. To us, starting with the activityPub protocol offers two major advantages:

  1. Our different groups and different networks which are actually doing the same things, if they agree to use the same protocol, they can share lots of software, both on the server side, and components that make up the client (user interface).
  2. Local groups, especially adjacent ones can see and interact with groups around them, or globally.

Different social networks can collaborate to build this ecosystem whether they want to federate or not.

All groups need a similar ‘home group’ which authenticates to all the services them as members of a local group. Then different networks of communities will need very similar web services most of which are just storing content. Each service could publish re-usable code (like a React component) which could be used to assemble each community’s or network’s app. Starting with the basic components, each network publishing a app can tweak the user interface of the app, to modify the skin, language & user experience.

Groups can host their own services and federate with the rest of the network using ActivityPub, or they can use shared services, or a combination of the two.

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[CALL FOR PAPERS] Rethinking Money, Rebuilding Communities: A Multidimensional Analysis of Crypto and Complementary Currencies

CALL FOR PAPER, PACO 13(1): 2020 PARTECIPAZIONE E CONFLITTO,  issue 1, 2020 Call for paper for the Special issue on: “Rethinking Money, Rebuilding Communities. A Multidimensional Analysis of Crypto and Complementary Currencies”. Guest Editors: Marco Fama, Università della Calabria, Università di Bergamo Ricardo Orzi, Universidad Nacional de Luján, Argentina Stefano Lucarelli, Università di Bergamo, CNRS […]

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[Short Course] The Synergia Programme: Transition To Co-operative Commonwealth

John Restakis, Molly Scott Cato, Michel Bauwens, Rob Hopkins, Cilla Ross, Tim Crabtree, Pat Conaty Join us for this intensive two-week study programe with Schumacher College and Synergia Institute. This course offers participants a practical guide on how we can shift our economy to put people and planet first. This programme brings together international scholars and […]

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A look at participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Brazil’s mid-20th century military dictatorship (1965-1985) concentrated political and economic power within the federal government, leaving municipal authorities with little authority over local housing and urban development. Meanwhile, a high degree of economic inequality combined with the absence of land-use regulations encouraged the proliferation of “favelas” and other informal settlements.

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Racial justice and cooperatives: Q&A with United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives director Esteban Kelly

The worker cooperative movement seems to be gaining more prominence in the U.S., especially locally. “Altogether worker cooperatives represent a small part of the national economy. However, there may be a greater impact at the local level in areas where they are more concentrated,” a report by the Democracy at Work Institute, a worker cooperative advocacy group, noted.

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Civic sharing projects in Japan: Q&A with urban policy researcher Eguchi Shintaro

Egushi Shintaro is a researcher, author, and organizer, focusing on urban policy, rural revitalization, and civic economy projects. Originally from Fukuoka prefecture in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, Shintaro is now based in Tokyo. He is a regular contributor to Forbes Japan and has published four books, the most recent of which he co-authored “Civic Economy in Japan,” which was released in 2016 and involved extensive field work across the country.

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Digital cash

By Edgar Wortmann, Ons Geld. Since its inception in 2012, IMMR member ‘Ons Geld’ advocates the introduction of digital cash. What is that, and why is it important? Edgar Wortmann (Ons Geld counselor and IMMR core-group member) explains it. Historically, money represents a ‘nominal’ and an ‘intrinsic’ value. A silver coin for instance, had the […]

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