I'm taking my #Hubzilla
instance for a test drive, and trying to learn about all its features and possibilities. The one challenge of finding tools, software, and platforms in the #decentralized
social world is simply the number of options, and their various quirks
I'm interested in the idea of social networks and virtual social spaces bridging the physical/virtual divide, where groups of physically-proximate communities could collaborate to host servers for their communities, rather than relying on physically distant, often abstract entities to host their server-based tools.
For a couple of years now, I've thought about Community Centres - in the sense of the actual physical locations and organizations of people that exist here in #Winnipeg
- as potential places to start in terms of a physical unit of organizing hosting and tech support.
Another model that is interesting is that of "community bike shops/collectives." Here in Winnipeg there is a growing number of these organizations that train volunteers to help others repair their bikes, and learn to repair their bikes, and even build their own bikes from parts. On a number of occasions, they've organized volunteers to salvage bikes from the piles of old bikes at the city landfill, and then had a marathon volunteer bike-building session where, using the parts from salvaged bikes, they build bikes for those in need.
I like the idea of the #social.coop
. The #cooperative
movement is strong on the Canadian prairies, and I think the idea of #platformcooperatives
could certainly resonate among Winnipeggers and other prairie folk. I do think, however, that there is some additional value in terms of adding a tangible physical-local component to such a model.
Coming back to Hubzilla, one of the reasons I'm drawn to it as a platform, and to some of its underlying concepts and philosophies, is it seems like something that could serve a great virtual hub, to mirror a supportive and cooperative physical-local hub, such as is presently represented by #community
These are all just thoughts and ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for a while and I'm, just now, trying to fill them out and ground them in reality. Any thoughts or comments anyone has would be appreciated