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Going London!

This year my traditional Spring Trip leads me to London! I am invited to have a presentation and optionally a workshop on liberatory technology, during a conference held at Kings College (https://how2doit2016.wordpress.com/). Thanks to my friend’s hospitality I will be able to stay longer, so the current plan is that I arrive in the afternoon/evening of 4.04 and leave sometime at 14th. Between these dates I am going to run the conference events, meet friends from the UK (funding permitting) and do other things FB doesn’t need to know about.

So, if you want to meet me there, just join the event and we shall coordinate somehow.

It is going to be FUN!

THE BUDGET

As usually, the budget is next to nil.  As for now, I have fixed:
– Shelter for the whole time I stay, thanks to Z. and his family.
– 50 quid from the organizers of the conference, which will probably cover my Oyster card.

I am definitively short:
~ 120 Euro for the round trip air tickets (RyanAir).
~ 30-50 Euro of reserve for extravagances like a cup of tea.
[Food I hope to get for free — all suggestions will be appreciated]

My kind request to you, folks, is: If you can buy me an air tickets (can be one way — at least TO London), please pm me and we will arrange that.

Other than that, just find the fundraising section here to the right and drop something in. You will be satisfied, I promise.

Litany 21

Tear gas, batons and just-less-than-lethal bullets…

Not in my name.

Hot-spots, checkpoints and detention centers…

Not in my name.

Propaganda, marketing, social engineering…

Not in my name.

Austerity, bail-outs, corporate welfare…

Not in my name.

Privatisation, gentrification, enclosures…

Not in my name.

Police state, surveillance state, nation state…

Not in my name.

Festung Europa…

Not in my name.

State terrorism…

Not in my name.

World government…

Not in my name.

The power of law and the law of power…

NOT IN MY NAME. Continue reading Litany 21

More like a village

a different kind of cooperative

If one happened to see a cooperative around today (not a very widespread species), it is most probably a workers’ of farmers’ one. This type is predominant now and sets the standards in public thinking.

Workers’ Coop peculiarities1

Workers’ (or employees’) cooperative emerged as a way to counterbalance capitalism. As a logical extension of the concept of guilds, when artisans became workers and the owners (and, later, financial investors) took the power. As such, this kind of cooperative is focused on (and limited to) the workplace area. Its goal is to change the internal governance of the company, so the actual employees have dominant voice in management. It takes away (or redistributes evenly) the power of ownership, be it direct or through financial investment, and transfers it to those who are directly involved in the work process. In context of the most generic definition (A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.2), the primary need this type of cooperative caters for is employment, and the way to fulfill it is self-management. Continue reading More like a village

The Settlers

Towards a network of support for ex-refugees and their hosting communities

It is not about what they did to you. It is about what you did with what they did to you.

the-settlersLooking ahead, I see a great opportunity for European communities. The influx of refugees not only brought a lot of business to economies involved and released a lot of social energy (which hopefully will be later available to deal with other problems). It also forced large part of population out of their comfort zones, giving an opening for new thinking and new social practices2.

In this text I will try to outline a concept of international network to support the process of integration of migrants in the places they stay and live for longer. Neither the newcomers nor the hosting community are involved in it by choice – this is essential. But they (we) are involved anyway. And still we have enough margin within the confines imposed by „powers that be” to make the best out of it – best for us all. Continue reading The Settlers

Towards Liberatory Technology

This text is intended as an opening for the constructive discussion about development of liberatory technology (as coined by Murray Bookchin in his writings1) in the realm of European anarchist movement and its kindred spirits.

If there is one single question this text struggles to answer, it is „How to develop a technological component of a free society, to support prefiguration of confederated and freedom-oriented communities?

If there is one single goal of the travel that begins with this text, it is formation of a Special Interest Group to discuss and coordinate all technology developments done by its members, within the anarchist movement and beyond it.
Continue reading Towards Liberatory Technology

Solar Power to the People

[Please read comments below the post, all new developments are reported there]

panel-measurement-01102015It is my pleasure to inform that on Sunday, 27.09.2015, in Anexartiti Protovoulia in Thermaikos we have fully assembled and installed (inside the office big window) first prototype of a passive air heating solar panel, developed by Morris Dovey, who was here in August to teach us how to build it. The panel is working very well despite the fact that it doesn’t exactly follow the design specification at http://www.iedu.com/Solar/Panels/index.html. I will probably provide temperature measurements (outside, inside-input, inside-output), as soon as I put my hand on 2-3 thermometers.
Continue reading Solar Power to the People