Spring 2022 Strategy Session

[[]] Spring 2022 Strategy Session.


Loads of good stuff. See the above link for group notes.

One thing that stuck out for me amongst lots of good stuff, was Matt Noyes' mention of Mike Hales' assertion that is more of a commons than a coop. I'd like to explore that more - found this:

One of the sessions was 'rose, bud, thorn' which I thought was a good facilitation framing.

My rose, bud, and thorn answers

rose: what is making valuable to you at this point?

  • Dual power: owning our own tools, being part of a social media platform that is actively building an alternative to big tech
  • People: making connections through the people that are on it, a lot of like-minded people
  • Learning: seeing a functioning coop from the inside, learning how governance operates, etc

bud: what potential do you see in what kinds of things could we do, or do more of?

  • As an inspiration and a learning resource for how to run social media platform cooperatively, help other Mastodon instances work as a coop
    • Use e.g. Agora - a collective knowledge management tool

thorn: what makes uncomfortable or less useful to you?

  • funnily enough, the format of Twitter style microblogging.
  • I find Mastodon itself absolutely terrible for conversations / deeper engagement


Some actions I took for myself to explore further.

  • action: wiki, encouraging documentation of what we do
  • action: investigate joining up of different platforms further
  • action: propose rekindling reading group
  • action: explore dashboards as an idea


  • been a member of since 2017
  • using mastodon and microblogging a little bit less of late
  • but keen to help out where I can

My skills

  • I can help out with bits and bobs of system administration
  • software upgrades, restarting services, creating user accounts, etc


what was discussed at last

list of jobs that need doing

list of steps for onboarding

  • request access to git
  • request email alias
  • request access to server
  • turn up next saturday
  • root
    • if we have root, is there anything we don't have access to
      • pretty all in the pass repo
        • Noah doesn't have access to this, Nick does
        • Nick will add Eduardo to the pass repo
        • need to have everyones key in order to reencrypt

create gpg key

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