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I’m listening to the weekend sound of my neighbourhood: kids in the street, someone’s playing drums, neighbours chatting. Thinking about small communities, pros and cons. We take care of each other: everyone drives into this street slowly because we have many little ones who might be playing in the road. But we also surveil and gossip. Our street is in a town of 6000. Today at the store I was served by a girl I knew when she was 5 years old. In small communities (workplaces, instances) care becomes conformity very quickly. It’s a delicate balance.

@katebowles hmmm…been thinking a lot about care today because I’m working on an ethics of care paper. And care as conformity, care as responsiveness (from Noddings’ The Challenge to Care in Schools), care as how we expose and hold interstitial spaces between paradoxes.

@katebowles Care as the foundation of equitable social justice (Kittay’s Love’s Labor talks about this)…

If relationships are the connective tissue of our lives, how do we hold care for those we embrace in those relationships as an ongoing ethical practice undergirded by reflective decision making? How do we do this without surveillance or burning out or somehow forgetting what care actually means?

@csoren1 I’m slowly forming a question about what happens to care reciprocity under radical decentralisation. “The community I belong to” changes dramatically when the connective tissue is me, shuttling between different interactions but not necessarily ever entering a stable community where I belong.

@csoren1 So rather than belonging-to being a foundation for care of specific others (colleagues, say, of family), then care becomes a way of responding to strangers in the moment — perhaps all strangers, perhaps always? This is a radical practice of openness for decentredness: care without structure.

@katebowles @csoren1 This sends me "back" to review connectivism, the George Siemens concept from circa 2004 ff. That was about networks & knowledge (definitely not care) but it was envisioned in a more decentralized environment, pre-FB, pre-Twitter, meaning before they were dominant. Blogging was ascendant. I used to introduce connectivism in the same course with Oldenburg's Third Place, as well as community, as I grokked all those ideas at the time.

@harmonygritz @csoren1 Remembering blogging is important here, thank you. That’s helped. I also wanted to think about the new context for efforts at care since 2020, especially in terms of social trust.

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