James Mead by James Mead

Week 428 - Interesting links

Git hosting for Co-operators

Our fellow CoTechers at the Webarchitects Coop have set up this GitLab instance for use by members of their cooperative. You can join as an individual or an organisation by investing as little as £1. Go Free Range is in the process of joining and we’re planning to help them test the service. JM

A Fatal Mistake | The Sinking of the El Faro

This is a bit random, but I was pretty amazed to read this account of the relatively recent loss of a container ship with all hands in these days of sophisticated weather forecasting. JM

Government organisation register

Finding a canonical list of government organisations was something I remember wrestling with when we built the GOV.UK Whitehall app, so it’s interesting to see this new register with Neil Williams as its custodian. JM

Learn to code electronic music tools with JavaScript

I’m enjoying participating in this FutureLearn course from Goldsmith’s University. I’ve been involved with the development of the Web Audio API for a long time and it’s exciting for me to see it being used in classroom teaching. As a former employee of FutureLearn it’s also fun to be taking a course “from the other side”. CL

Reinventing Organizations

I’ve been reading Frederic Laloux’s book “Reinventing Organizations” after hearing an interview with the author on Ricardo Semler’s podcast. I’m not sure I fully buy in to the evolutionary arguments put forward in the book, but the detailed case studies of different types of organisations and how they work are fascinating. I particularly enjoyed learning about the decentralised way that Buurtzorg Neighborhood Nursing in The Netherlands works. CL

LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems

This project is part of Explorable Explanations, a movement to make learning active, not just passive. I found the example simulations pretty mesmerising! Via Ben G. JM

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