Bookmarked Announcing our new podcast – We Are Open Co-op by Doug Belshaw (We Are Open Co-op)

A podcast about the intersection of technology, society, and internet culture – with a dash of philosophy and art for good measure. Hosts: Laura Hilliger & Doug Belshaw

Laura Hilliger and Doug Belshaw have started a new podcast associated with their participation in We Are Open Co-op. I feel that this has been years been years in the making as I am pretty sure Doug mooted it while TIDE Podcast was running. I have long followed both and enjoyed their newsletters for years (Freshly Brewed Thoughts and Thought Shrapnel). It is interesting then to hear them in conversation.

I cannot help but compare with TIDE, but this podcast seems different. Although it has a wealth of talking points, the contrast between the two is a bit different. It also comes back to their work with/for/in the WAO (We Are Open Podcast).

Liked Moral and Refuge (

I want to do better at not alienating people and helping people transition to a better world. I want to help people see the benefits of a healthy planet, a healthy workplace, a healthy society. My first step is to check my assumptions and biases by giving myself a bit of refuge from everyone else’s assumptions and biases.

It recently occurred to me that I had somehow become unsubscribed to Laura Hilliger’s newsletter. Maybe I did it, not sure. Whatever the reason, I subscribed again. It has been great to have her voice coming back into my inbox again. Thinking about the many dots that extend my serendipity surface, I was left wondering what it is about Laura’s ‘moldy trash of a newsletter’ (her words, not mine) that means it is often the first one I open. Maybe it is the humour in her voice? Or the honesty and insight of her reflections? Maybe it is her ability to spark my thinking. This week, it was her discussion of ‘meditation rage’. Whatever it is, I am grateful. Maybe it takes a village to create learning space and such a space includes many voices.
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If we want to have a different, better future, we have to make decisions that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. We have to recognize the bits of us that are in control, when it feels like we have so very little control. I’ve said it many times, to family, friends, clients and colleagues – our actions matter. Now more than ever.

We all have time now. Time to reflect. Time to do some research. Time to choose differently. It’s not enough to imagine the ideal future, we have to make decisions that get us there.

Great call to action Laura. It reminds me of a post I wrote a few years ago

Sometimes our desire to change education is beyond our means. Whether it be because we are not a part of leadership, there are no funds to support such a change, it does not fit within the school’s annual implementation plan, the list goes on. The challenge for us in this situation is often how we actually respond, just as much as what our eventual response is. Instead of baulking at the challenge, one answer is to break the problem down into its parts. In doing so, it is important to look at what it is that is trying to be evolved and consider whether there is anything that we can do to get one step closer towards our ideal.

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Thank you Laura for the response. Personally, I wonder that ‘sharenting’ along with ‘screentime’ can be a distraction? Kate Eichhorn offers some interesting insights on the matter in regards to the end of forgetting. Kristen Turner and Ian O’Byrne also discuss this on the Technopanic Podcast.
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If I hadn’t written my master thesis on web literacy, I probably wouldn’t be a founding member of We Are Open Co-op. If an ex-Mozilla colleague hadn’t pointed me to the Open Ambassador’s program, I wouldn’t have joined that community and found like-minded people looking to solve the intellectual puzzles of open principles. If I hadn’t had the support of the Planet 4 team early on, we wouldn’t have convinced Greenpeace to run this thing openly. If I hadn’t reached out to people at Red Hat about a collaboration with Greenpeace, I wouldn’t have been nominated for this award.

Congratulations Laura.
Read Maybe Zombies

Maybe this book is about zombies. Maybe it’s not. Either way, it’s an adventure and there’s some odd stuff going on. It’s fiction, thankfully. It’s a thriller that is part cyberpunk, part futurism, part technocratic intrigue with a reluctant feminist anti-heroine.

Maybe Zombies? Maybe mind-control? Or maybe just not real? These are some of the questions grappled with in Laura Hilliger’s novel. It is a meandering journey of Maggie’s inadvertent trail of carnage and excess. It touches on technology, power, perspective, privilege and truth. However, it is all a reminder that it can all be gone in a second.
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I have advice for people who are grieving or will grieve, as we all will for some reason in life: Allow it. Grief is every human emotion tangled up and out of order. There is no grieving well or not grieving well. Whatever emotions you experience are valid. Be kind to yourself, no matter what kind of crazy shit the emotional depths geyser into your conscious thought.

Definitely feel more mortal this week ☹️
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An inclusive community is a more creative and effective community. But how can you make sure you’re accommodating the various personalities that call your community “home”?

This is an interesting post Laura. I really like your point about what sort of people and personalities make up different communities.

Learn to recognize your own preferences and understand how your brain works—but also remember that everyone’s neural networks work a bit differently. Then, as a leader, make sure you’re creating space for everyone by championing inclusivity, fairness, open-mindedness, and neurodiversity.

I wonder though what the exact purpose of such tests as the Myer-Briggs actually is? I feel the work Goldman etc is useful as a provocation, but what else?

Liked September 21, 2018 by Laura Hilliger (Freshly Brewed Thoughts)

Because food. No, I’m serious. Why doesn’t the far right recognize that without cultural diversity they’d be eating…well even potatoes, corn and tomatoes are products of indigenous communities in South America. The Incas invented corn by cross breeding and altering plants. Back in the day. Incas are cool. I digress. What would the far right eat if they only ate white people food? Paleo doesn’t include tubers, does it?

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Just because all the people you interact with regularly are believers, doesn’t mean that we’ve managed to shift the status quo.

I find public speaking so interesting. I wonder if sometimes success comes down to confidence over what is actually being communicated? Personally, I get lost in being ‘correct’ or ‘right’ this leaves me feeling anxious at times. I loved your point about believers and the status quo. Personally, I wonder if I have read too much Deconstruction? Or maybe I just care too much? Really not sure.
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My computer did some crazy, and I had a moment today when I though my computer was dead forever. FYI I work in tech, I still suck at backups (like everyone), and a dead computer is … not cool. I literally signed up for two years of Backblaze five minutes ago.

Isn’t it kind of funny the assumptions we make about those in EdTech. It is funny living within the expectation of perfection when as Quinn Norton suggests:

All the grown-ups are making it up as they go along. I have also waggled my eyebrows suggestively while saying it, to make it clear to her that I mean me, too

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Apparently, no one can remember the word “zythepsary”, nor can they spell it. I’ve thought about setting up a new one, but really, I don’t want to go through the trouble. What do you think? Should I set up something @ since that’s my domain probably forever? Or should I keep Zythepsary forever too because there’s hilarious hidden old things on it like this.

I sometimes think that maybe if I wasn’t so arcane, didn’t have such a weird username or had better Google juice – I can’t believe how many Aaron Davis’ there are and they all seem so much more exciting than me – then maybe I too might have more subscribers etc Then I remember that first and foremost my newsletter is for me.
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We know that behaviors can be modified, as a social species we use all kinds of narratives and manipulations to modify behavior. The question is who is trying to modify them and to what purpose. Me debating with myself about machine learning.

I always thought that the best ‘thought experiment’ was and is fiction. Maybe Google should read The Circle. As I watched The Selfish Ledger I wondered how much it would cost to be removed from the grid?