If you were looking to write the perfect *non-technical* book on decentralisation, what would you include? 🤔
(I'm thinking things like co-ops, left-libertarianism, anarchism, etc.)
Thanks to everyone who replied to this thread. I collated some thoughts briefly here: https://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2020/07/20/decentralisation-book/
What I meant was a cooperative by itself is not necessarily decentralized. Many are centralized.
A network of cooperatives might be centralized as-a-network even though each of the co-ops are themselves centralized.
For example, I know several farmer co-ops where the farmers are decentralized (individual farms) but their cooperative is an aggregator and distributor of the farmers' produce.
Likewise a platform co-op is centralized.
@bhaugen @dajbelshaw I'd say it depends on their particular structures.
If you have lots of worker-owned agricultural projects that are not part of a centralized distribution system, it's a case of decentralization whether they are federated or not.
In that case, federation would be a way to scale horizontally in a sustainable way and not just have para-structures that might lack resilience.
I agree. The fediverse, for example, is mostly made up of multi-user instances like social.coop, but I also have a single-user instance that is also federated with social.coop.
Likewise, SSB, which thinks of itself as the ultimate in decentralization, is also a network of people that are interconnected. They don't want to call it federation, but what's the essential diff between SSB users and me as a single-user fediverse instance?
@adinfinitum After some drama, I resigned and the team all quit. This post was deleted by the CEO but you can read it on the Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20200612160715/https://blog.moodle.net/2020/moodlenet-v1-0-beta/
@dajbelshaw @firstname.lastname@example.org yeah, the website is woefully out of date as there's a lot going on in different repos and branches. It's heading towards a decentralised ecosystem of modular/extensible apps. More public updates soon hopefully!
As far as I understand, there was no central control, it's was local groups who used "gorilla" tactics to disrupt the enemy. Info was passed around for larger more coordinated efforts & for safety. The reason is that the enemy couldn't "chop off the head" because there wasn't one! & If one was captured they could only give limited info - need to know kind of thing.
It's a principal thing that can be repurposed, from enemy disruption to internet disruption!
@dajbelshaw talk about the commons, a sheep field is a good example, to illustrate the difference between decentralized organization vs individual pursuits.
@decentral1se Yep, good shout, although I don't think Bookchin covers *all* the things that you'd want to put into such a book - does he?
@dajbelshaw nah but he does certainly help set up the guard rails to avoid all sorts of ideological slippage, otherwise you might end up with something like the attached image :)
@dajbelshaw I'd include decentralization of wind and solar power.
https://www.buzzn.net is an example from Germany. The distribution is administered centrally, but the producer-consumer relations are decentralized.
(If something like buzzn were co-owned by all the producers and consumers involved, now that'd be awesome!)
Also decentralized sewage treatment systems, e.g. for hospitals or rural areas.
Or would that be too "technical"?
@dajbelshaw surprised no one has mentioned @richdecibels' book Patterns for Decentralised Organising https://leanpub.com/patterns-for-decentralised-organising/ and The Hum online course with Nati https://www.thehum.org/online-course
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