[NetBehaviour] Netbehaviour renewal - Occupy? a commons? by a fire, in the ruins in an ancient woodland

nathaniel stern nathaniel.stern at gmail.com
Sat Jun 12 18:28:55 CEST 2021

Happy Lurker agrees.

nathaniel stern

> On Jun 12, 2021, at 9:03 AM, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
> Dear everyone,
> Thanks so much for helping me to work through some of my niggles with the list. I now have a much better sense of what its value is to some of us at the fireside and a few of the people from the woods. I've also been greatly enjoying the recent exchanges!
> I also found Adam's email beautiful. Especially personally resonant because I lived for a year in Penryn unaware of the history of the Ordinalia there. I find the format of passion plays - "acts" of faith "performed" by people in the places where they belong - enthralling.Thanks for that Adam!
> Annie's response was also really helpful for me. The revolutionary impulse of the early media art initiatives that interested me was tied up with infrastructural critique and a desire to create a new art context together. This revolved around efforts to create open access, and co-ownership of the media and platforms we needed for collaboration. Bringing together FLOSS and Art. There is still a lot of inspiring work in this area Constant https://constantvzw.org/ <https://constantvzw.org/> for example. 
> While I "get" the Occupy vibe here, it doesn't feel so useful as an analogy for this list/community as it stands at the moment. Occupy's central commitment was to participatory democracy. The location of occupations were chosen for their symbolic significance to state-corporate capitalism, right? I guess we could think of this list as a prefigurative community resisting corporate platforms (I share everyone's love of this as an advertising-free space). But I detect less interest among this group in the question of how bottom-up decisions should be made to ensure fair distribution of power, and how that might in turn lead to the overthrow of capitalism. Occupy activists developed social technologies (some digital platforms, some gestures and techniques for use in large groups of people gathered physically) to make ALL the decisions together about all the things - from collective vision to organising waste-disposal. It's more emergent here.
> If we can agree that Commons are "shared cultural or material resources managed by communities for individual and collective benefit" then maybe this is what we have been working out here over the last couple of weeks and Netbehaviour is a kind of commons. If we can agree that we (all subscribers) collectively own this place, and are willing to reflect on this occasionally - that's more than enough for me. We can stay with furtherfield legacy infrastructure and near-zero moderation by Marc and me for now (if that suits everyone).
> Finally, I would be curious to hear your feelings about this proposal for list renewal.
> =======================
> Over a 1 month period starting xxx
> We invite all subscribers to do one of 3 things
> 1. Make a post on any topic or responding to anyone else's post
> 2. Send an email with "Happy Lurker" in the subject header
> 3. Do nothing.
> At the end of this time, moderators could 
> 1. gather a list of everyone who posted
> 2. unsubscribe everyone else.
> In this way we will know who we are, we will be able to see ourselves collectively and know who is in the woods.
> This is something we can do intermittently.
> ========================
> If you all love, hate or have alternative suggestions to this idea I'd love to know.
> warmly
> Ruth
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> Ruth Catlow 
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