Resources for constructivists

An evolving list of all the different resources which have interested, inspired and helped me, in no particular order. Reading times are algorithmically calculated, ymmv.

Governing the Commons is a theoretical and empirical study into how to maximize use-value of resources without centralization or privatization, winning the author the Nobel Prize in Economics. ~9 hours.

Winston Churchills 1909 speech against Land Monopoly succinctly and beautifully describes the problems with renting in the current system, providing a solid basis for the justification of Land Value Tax. ~5 minutes.

The Relative Theory of Money for kids is an engaging and compelling presentation of the concept of Universal Dividend, both the philosophy and practice. ~15 mins.

The manual of S14, a Belgian hackspace. An living document by which the space self-organizes. ~10 mins.

The Cooperative Hostile Takeover, an article about how employees might turn their existing firm into a cooperative, without the permission of owners/stake-holders. ~10 mins

The Loomio Co-op Handbook outlines how the organization which creates Loomio works . The handbook has information on their own conflict resolution process and other conflict resolution resources. ~2 hours.

The Tyranny of Structurelessness is a short critique of the women’s liberation movement from an activist of the time. Deals with issues of informal power structures and organizational efficiency and offers practical advice. 24 minutes.

The Scrum Guide outlines “a framework for developing and sustaining complex products.” Created with software projects in mind, Scrum still has relevance for many projects dealing with rapid change. 20 minutes.

The Agile Manifesto is a declaration infamous in software development largely associated with the birth of iterative product development, offering interesting organizational memes. 1 minute.

Agile Retrospective Resource Wiki is a repository of templates and other ideas for retrospective meetings, where a team reflects on a period of work and identifies changes to be made in future.

Swarmwise is a book written by the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party about its inspirational journey to success thanks to countless, coordinated volunteers. A lot of practical advice, perhaps a little militaristic. ~3 hours.

Google Design Sprints are templates for rapidly designing new products and although aimed at software, provide useful advice for other designing other things. 10 minutes.

Reinventing Organizations Wiki is based on the book by the same name which places a large emphasis on self-management. Interesting ideas for conflict resolution, (semi) autonomous decision making and more.

Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction is an interactive essay about design from the perspectives of abstraction and pattern matching. Worth reading for effective design, especially for ‘non-scientists’. 24 minutes.

How to Nurture a Living and Evolving Doocracy describes an interesting community of 13 people in San Francisco that are “experimenting with culture and commoning” and abandoned regular meetings and ‘consensus’ in favor of decentralized doocracy - and how. 8 minutes.

Blocking Progress gives a damning critique of consensus in the anti-nuclear movement in the 70's and 80's from empirical and theoretical perspectives. 13 minutes.

Critique of Consensus is a deep inspection of the ideology and practice of ‘consensus’ from theoretical and philosophical standpoints. 14 minutes.

Axioms of Morality and Ethics in Negative Utilitarianism considers how decisions should be made by outlining logical and non-extreme criteria through a mathematical and computational lense. 26 minutes.

Why I’m Not a Negative Utilitarian is an essay that explores what it means for ‘reducing suffering’ to be more important than ‘increasing happiness’. 19 minutes.

Valve Handbook for New Employees outlines how the game company functions successfully with the primary driving force being individual action — with wonderful and comical illustrations. 38 minutes.

The tyranny of safe spaces is a short article delving into the theme of how safe spaces aim to create a type of society but may be procedurally ineffective in doing so. 8 minutes.

The Dispossessed is an epic sci-fi novel about a scientist wrestling with the capitalist society of one planet and the anarchist society of its neighboring moon. ~7 hours.

The Emperors Dilemma inspects the basis and implications of pluralist ignorance, situations where ‘nobody believes, but everyone believes everyone else believes’. 7 minutes.

The Membership Hanbook of the Anarchist Federation explores how one anarchist association operates including general decision-making, faction-forming and the last half exclusively with restorative justice. ~1 hour.

The Noisebridge Manual is a wiki for a hacker community in the states with specific interest for autonomous decision-making and conflict-resolution.

Butterick’s Practical Typography appears to be the first and last word on all matter typographical: if in doubt, check it out.

Laws of UX, a nice web-doc about how to give users a nice time.

Wikipedia articles on Restorative Justice and Social Justice are helpful when thinking about safe-spaces and conflict management. The story of Capitol Hill Babysitting Co-op is of interest for local currencies.

Cosmos and Taxis is a section of a book by Friedrich Hayek which is concerned with endogenous and exogenous order. Of interest to those concerned with self-organization, markets, networks, etc. ~1 hour.

Networks, Swarms, Multitudes by Eugene Thacker is a pair of self-descriptive essays which focus on considering distributed organization in terms of connectivity and collectivity. ~1 hour.

Eloquent Javascript by Marijn Haverbeke is the best JS book I’ve come across. Suitable for people who are new to coding but definitely not patronizing. Incremental practice exercises from the beginning. ~10 hours.