Hello newsletter subscribers! Many of you originally subscribed in April 2020, but this is the first time we’ve actually sent a message. 😅 In case you’ve forgotten, the Malleable Systems Collective discusses and experiments with extensibility for user empowerment.
2020 is almost over… finally! It’s been the longest and saddest year in recent memory due to the global pandemic. I hope you and your family are staying safe at home. Let’s jump into this 2020 digest of collective activity and try to forget the general madness of the world for at least a few moments.
In the early days of the collective site (March 2020, which feels like several years ago), there were 10 related works listed in our catalog. With the additional suggestions and curation of our community, we’re now up to 19 works in the catalog, with 27 further suggestions waiting for curation! Thanks to everyone for their contributions.
The new additions to the catalog include:
When we first set up this site, it wasn’t clear which communication styles and channels would see the most use. Looking back over the first year, our Matrix room has by far seen the most activity among the community!
Here’s a sampling of interesting conversation topics from our room in 2020:
The collective’s goals and dreams intersect with some other communities, which we encourage you to check out:
In the year ahead, we hope the collective will continue to grow and take on a more active experimentation role as some of us try out various ideas we’ve discussed. In particular, we’re hoping to have more projects and experiments shared here on the site as people try out various approaches to extensibility and user empowerment. As always, please do contact us if there’s something you’d like to share with the collective. I’m planning to share my own efforts here, and perhaps that will encourage others to do the same.
2020 was quite a draining year, and I found it hard to have energy for new efforts. I imagine many people may have gone through something similar. I’ve got big plans for 2021, and I bet many of you do as well. I hope the world state will allow us all to follow thorough on our dreams of malleability in the new year.
— J. Ryan Stinnett