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  1. Interesting thoughts from a non-Jehovah's Witnesses source https://oya-online.de/article/read/372-eine_welt_ohne_geld.html# sorry, in german. Not all is ok and good for us, but we can separate the good ones. Similar to Isaiah. This is roughly - not literally - how I imagine the joint production of goods in the New System. Just needs-oriented and created out of love for the other person. Peer production, on the other hand, is production for others, which is not forced and does not take place for the sake of money. Peers produce for others because they can and because it is a way to find more peers. This is because the more people use the results of a project, the more potential contributors there are, since the contributors usually join in gradually from the circle of users. Those who do not share a project with others and co-produce it for others deprive it of the chance to attract "young talent". The distribution of tasks in peer projects takes place in an open process, for which the term "stigmer energy" has become established. The participants leave references (Greek stigmata) to work that has been started or is desired, encouraging others to take care of it. These signs, such as to-do lists and bug reports in software projects or "red links" to not yet existing articles in Wikipedia, form an important part of communication. All participants follow the sign tracks that interest them most, thus ensuring both automatic prioritisation of open tasks - what is important to more people is generally completed more quickly - and that the different knowledge and skills of the contributors are used almost optimally. One usually works on what one feels most comfortable with. And since you choose whether and where and how much you will work, those involved are more motivated than people who are assigned a task or who have few alternatives as employees or self-employed on the "free market". Thus the second monetary function also becomes dispensable. Peer production shows that money is by no means the only motivator. Making good decisions together Peers produce for themselves and others. I do something for the others and trust that the others do something for me. Everyone chooses the areas that are important to him or her or that they like. Even if some do nothing at all, this is not a problem as long as enough others become active. Peer production only works if you really see the others as peers, as equals. Individuals cannot realise themselves at the expense of others, because the others are not stupid and will not support them - and without support you will not get far. Even a peer-producing society will have to decide how to use the available resources - do you prefer to produce food for all or biofuel so that some can continue driving after oil reserves are exhausted? Do we prefer to rely on decentralised renewable energy sources or on nuclear power plants, which expose people in the vicinity to incalculable risks and burden future generations with obligations for thousands of years? Do you prefer to build a cultural centre at the most beautiful spot on the coast for everyone to use, or a castle for someone who thinks he or she is better? Anyone who has understood how and why peer production works will probably have little doubt as to the answers to these questions. But the most important thing is that they can be asked and answered by those who are concerned with them - all of us.  Isaiah 60:3
  2. Discord, more known to be mainly for group voice chat, now added group video to their group chats. Not only is it free but you can - open servers with multiple text and voice channels(now with vid), - adjust everyone's individual volume, - mute anyone you like without being a admin The only downsides I can see is that it has a slightly higher learning-curve, the quality of video and voice needs more adjustments. It doesn't filter out noise as well.
  3. A brother and I were chatting about how many brothers and sisters today have learned basic programming skills, and ten times as many witnesses use software daily (for example, this very moment you are using Invision Community software which is powering JWTalk.net, which is serving up this content to you to read!) Given these two trends, which appear to be only accelerating rather than going away any time soon, we've been wondering if any other witnesses either on this forum or whom any forum members might know from other online communities, social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) or in real life, who may want to collaborate in large numbers to develop software that can assist or even solve common challenges that witnesses might be confronted with, especially in their use of technology today. For example, when I was regular pioneering I tested multiple service apps, and even collaborated with the developers (brothers) who had published these apps, in order to adapt them to the specific needs of pioneers (who juggle large numbers of RV's, studies, and things such as hour counting both in the ministry and in other special forms of service). As is often the case, the needs of the users sometimes fall out of line a bit with what the coders think users need (or design interfaces with a specific purpose in mind, when the users tend to use their software tool in a way not originally foreseen, but immensely desirably). I have searched around a bit and have found a few 'JW apps' which appear to already have adopted the open source model, according to this search on OpenHub.net. I may also reach out to the developers of apps I have used in the past to gauge any interest (programmers tend to be less... shall we say social, and are not necessarily the type of person to be browsing a large social media / forum site such as this one. So please consider sharing this thread with witnesses who may be interested in this idea who are outside of the forum, especially!) If any of our forum members here know of any witnesses who are interested in this idea of open-source collaboration but are not inclined to join our forum, please PM me! I will be happy to provide my email or other contact information for you to forward to these ones in order to get the ball rolling. -- Brandon P.S. feel free to copy the text of this post and email or send it out to any brothers or sisters you want to. Even with half the human population now online, the internet is still a pretty fractured place with regards communication, but we're trying to get the word out to as many witnesses as we can with these ideas!

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