Posts

#genderfluidity #ethics-in-tech #anti-oppression

The Gender Spectrum

The Gender Spectrum

Written by: Samantha Foust on December 5, 2017

It’s a complicated thing to come out as genderfluid to your professional network; to be male-bodied and prefer her / she pronouns but have no intention of getting surgery or taking hormones; to wear makeup and change your name to Samantha, or Sam for short.

October is Co-op Month!

October Is Co-op Month!

Written by: Sam Foust on October 3, 2017

“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.” – International Cooperative Association

Anti-Oppression in Business IT

Anti-Oppression In Business IT

Written by: Sean Foust on July 23, 2017

So let’s think about the traditional IT stack- MS Office, Windows, local networks, and local software. As I researched why these tools have such dominance, it becomes clear that it’s because people are very accustomed to using them, not because they are the most effective. There is a better solution which has the added benefit of increased anti-oppression within an organization.

Radical Transparency

Radical Transparency

Written by: Sam Foust on July 16, 2017

Almost universally, the more transparency a company practices, the better the organization functions. Employees tend to be happier, company culture becomes more trusting, ideas flow freely, and certain customers really click with the idea. As Tapscott and Ticoll’s book The Naked Corporation puts it ‘hold corporations accountable for the benefit of everyone’. A book written in 2003, was clearly ahead of it’s time, and highlighted the movement which lead to more and more radical practices that do great benefit and honor values of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and B Corps.

Simbi: Digital Time Trading

Simbi: Digital Time Trading

Written by: Sam Foust on July 4, 2017

Time trading is an exchange of services for services. Simbi — a startup who went through the tech accelerator Y Combinator — raised enough capital to build a digital platform to connect a community to do just this. Simbi’s founded by KJ Erickson and funded by Venture Capitalists who believe in their mission. In traditional tech startup fashion, they currently have no revenue streams, but are likely focusing on user acquisition, engagement, and retention. They seem to be doing well. A Tech Crunch article from a year ago claimed 15,000 services and they now boast 65,000.

One Day Website

That’s me right now, the sleepy cat with ambiguous emotions. I’ve spent today building this whole site, as you see it, however I’ve added quite a bit of content since the build.

I’ve been chewing on the idea of how to offer sliding scale work to small organizations on a budget, and I’ve been thinking through how I can improve processes, communication, client expectations and avoid roadblocks in work, among other things.