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Worker-owner at Agaric web development collective, co-author of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7, and person who gives a damn about justice, liberty, and gaining the most power possible for all people over our own lives.

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benjamin melançon

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Note that a qualifies as for-profit so go for it! https://matter.vc/apply/ (confirm with @benwerd first)

benjamin melançon

Two days left to apply with your for-profit startup building a more informed, inclusive, and empathetic society https://matter.vc/apply/

Note that a qualifies as for-profit so go for it! https://matter.vc/apply/

It seems unwise to launch a media-for-good venture under non-coop ownership after billionaire acquirer shuts Gothamist and DNAinfo down.

benjamin melançon

Modern Monopolies: What it Takes to Dominate the 21st-Century Economy

1 min read

by Alex Moazed & Nicholas L. Johnson

Picked up at the Spry Group HQ. Only read a few pages. It would be well worth reading with in general and specifically in mind.

The more commoditiized a service or profit offering — more commoditized means it "has only a limited number of relevant characteristics that consumers care about" — the less complexity purchasers should have to deal with.

"The hard part is determining how commoditized or noncommoditized a platform really is"

benjamin melançon

At DrupalCon Dublin? 5pm BOF in Wicklow Meeting 3 with @stevepurkiss talking & http://drutopia.org & more

benjamin melançon

The lack of a feedback loop from the practice of medical care to the science of medical care is shocking. I'd been thinking about how little learning occurs, how little data is gathered, from the actual outcomes of people based on what doctors do to them, prescribe for them, or tell them to do— but at the highest levels, in a high-profile case, the seven patients who died within a year or three of a new type of surgery are reported as not known if the procedure led to death - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37311038 - that indicates a complete lack of even the most rudimentary system of tracking patient outcomes and trying to learn from them. I don't think our medical care should be informed solely by randomized scientific trials (or on utter malarkey, whatever makes up the balance)— we can and must have methods of learning from the outcomes of medical care as practiced. An opportunity for a own-your-data kind of business, as tracking and making use of this highly sensitive data should be under control of those with the greatest stake in outcomes— people who receive medical care, not insurance companies nor medical or pharmaceutical corporations nor even nurse or doctor associations. More data could also enable us to learn more from epidemiological studies, such as the presence of environmental toxins— those that aren't everywhere already, at least. All this is a matter of life and death, and we can do better.

benjamin melançon

Who wants to build a work availability forecasting with @roomifyus's new Booking and Availability Toolkit (BAT)? Yay Free Software as a service! Oh, they've already done it— https://roomify.us/blog/building-jira-team-planning-app-bat-drupal just need to rip out any dependencies on JIRA...

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Putting powerful platforms under cooperative control: Why, how, and what exactly? http://agaric.com/blogs/putting-powerful-platforms-under-cooperative-control

benjamin melançon

Central currency was created to extract value from people's exchanges. –Douglas Rushkoff

benjamin melançon

Come talk about how platforms for huge numbers of people can stay democratic - 5pm room U204 or https://meet.mayfirst.org/pwgd