Karass Website

After creating The Karass Inn’s logo I set to work creating a website for them. They used checkfront.com to handle the booking side of things so I was left to simply create the presentation side.

http://thekarassinn.com/

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I used the Make Theme with only slight modifications to the CSS. Mainly to create the pop-ut Book Now button. The site looks great on mobile too:

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The address, phone, and email at the top work incredibly well on mobile. By using proper Uniform Resource Identifier schemes with the links available applications will launch when they are clicked. You’re probably already familiar with mailto: which almost all email links use, it looks like this:

<a href=”mailto:TheKarassInn@gmail.com”>TheKarassInn@gmail.com</a>

While the phone uses tel: like so:

<a href=”tel:8028755878″>(802)-875-5878</a>

So when you’re on a phone and click the link it automagically launches the phone application and makes the call.

I love being able to add these little details!

If you’re ever in Chester Vermont you should stay with The Karass Inn

Two Old Guys Go Hiking Book Cover

My dad recently wrote a book about hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He reached out to me to do a book cover, here’s what I made him:

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I used one of my favorite fonts: norwester and integrated a public domain hiking icon from the noun project

The real fun bit was that the original photo he wanted to use only had one old guy hiking, so I used some photoshop magic to add in the other old guy.

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A surprisingly quick project that came together really nicely.

Hate Has No Business Here Poster

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So there’s been a bunch of mean people supporting terrorists by spreading xenophobic hate speech in the news recently. In response Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis put up a sign in their window stating that “All are welcome here“.

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I was contacted by The Main Street Alliance to re-create the poster for the #hatehasnobizhere campaign.

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I also created social media assets for sharing across the internet.

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This included Twitter and Facebook cover images and profile pictures.

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I added all these into a shared Google Drive folder.

It’s been amazing to see my poster pop up in small businesses across the country, check it out.

 

Platform Cooperativism Dump!

A few weeks ago I went to the Platform Coop conference in NYC. It was an interesting cross section of several circles of friends. There was my coop chums, and my nerd friends, and my free libre open source people, and the intentional community folks. Everyone who is doing cool things was there.

What follows is a dump of links and information I randomly collected in my notebook. It’s not really linear and you can just jump around picking up links and little gems.

Is it Valuable to Them!?

Get your value proposition correct. Why should I join your coop, platform, group, etc. what’s in it for me? Nail this down early. Why is your thing valuable.

There was a lot of talk about how Airbnb and Uber are bad actors who exploit their providers (the drivers and homeowners) yet again and again people said how happy those same providers were with these exploitative platforms.

Personally I think that most people have been trained to roll over and accept abuse, especially if it’s not as bad as it could be. Most people don’t seem to care who steals their data or if they get a fair cut. At least they are getting a little scratch while some big guy fucks them.

College Educated people are taking blue collar jobs.

All these over educated millennials are taking jobs that others in their cast would scoff at. Taskrabbit and house cleaning services are making it okay to work jobs that only immigrants and high school dropouts would do.

Labor Displacement, or stealing jobs from immigrants. Which is kind of funny considering how freaked out everyone seemed to be about it being the other way around. Turns out cleaning someone’s home isn’t beneath a masters in art history… This, of course, means that tech savvy young people are pushing out the working poor (they just can’t get a break).

Start with the people you want to end up with.

This is a cool idea, when you start a project consider that the people you start with might very well be the people you end up with. So you might as well pick good people.

I think this also gets into diversity of groups. If you want a diverse group you can’t start with a homogeneous one, or you can but it will be more difficult to end up with something that isn’t just as homogeneous.


 

Society seems to think that Monopolies are okay, but we hate cartels.

Check out OuiShare:

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New economy from Europe! I love the new economy, it makes so much more sense than this current economy.


 

Through ownership we become free.


 

http://backfeed.cc/

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I don’t quite get what backfeed is, but it’s something.


DEMAND MANIPULATION FACEBOOK


New Economy

http://www.cicopa.coop/

The International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Cooperatives, or CICOPA, has been a sectoral organisation of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) since 1947. Its full members are representative organisations of producers’ cooperatives from different sectors: construction, industrial production, services of general interest, transport, intellectual services, artisanal activities, health, social care, etc. Its associated members are support organisations promoting cooperatives in those sectors.

marketing cooperative

This idea seems close to what Agile Learning Centers is becoming. A coop of small businesses (schools) that pool their resources to manage a central marketer who maintains branding, web, social media, etc. for the coops involved.

Business Model Canvas

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This is a tool to figure out your business! I found this tool for creating it.

What is your Coop’s accountability process?

Blockchained Together

So what is the blockchain? Decentralized Digital Property. You own digital property with no need for a centralized authority to grant (or remove) access.

La`Zooz – Rideshare on the blockchain

http://lazooz.org/

I’ve converted their white paper into a PDF you can download here.

trustless database…?

DCO

Distributed Collaborative Organization

DAPPS

Distributed Applications (read more)


“The trust web” vs “The trustless web”

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http://www.swarmbot.io/


Liquid Democracy

https://liqd.net

There was so much more, but I am out of time now.