intelligence capable of cultivating technological autonomy and data sovereignty
An assembly is a group of members of an organization who meet periodically to make decisions about a specific area or scope of the organization.
Assemblies hold meetings, some are private and some are open. If they are open, it is possible to participate in them (for example: attending if the capacity allows it, adding points to the agenda, or commenting on the proposals and decisions taken by this organ).
Examples: A general assembly (which meets once a year to define the organisation's main lines of action as well as its executive bodies by vote), an equality advisory council (which meets every two months to make proposals on how to improve gender relations in the organisation), an evaluation commission (which meets every month to monitor a process) or a guarantee body (which collects incidents, abuses or proposals to improve decision-making procedures) are all examples of assemblies.
About this assembly
Who are we? We are a team of researchers and developers of free tools to support the construction of a local collective intelligence capable of cultivating technological autonomy and data sovereignty. We are also teachers, we work within the theoretical framework of Environmental Education, and, from this point of view, we try to cultivate ethical clouds that we consider new digital territories in which we seek to apply actions based on a kind of Digital Environmental Education for digital environments.
For us, data are at the centre of world economic life and, as Amazonians, we know very well the importance of knowledge related to our way of life, especially our relationship with rivers and forests. That is why we are seeking inspiration in the knowledge of our ancestors, indigenous people, quilombolas and river dwellers, as this is the closest thing we have to humans capable of communicating with non-humans (land, river, sky, forest, animals, etc.).
In this communicative process, much knowledge has been accumulated and has been fundamental for positive changes to the environment for both humans and non-humans. Among these commons is what is known to this day as “Terra Preta de Índio“, which are dense layers of fertile soil in the middle of the forest that are the result of interaction between indigenous people, animals and plants. Our point of view is that the work we are beginning to do in partnership with various people, collectives and organisations to create infrastructures for collecting, storing and processing data and communication is a kind of “Digital Indian Black Earth” and we consider this a common good, which, based on the social participation of the various actors involved, can help us to have a communication channel between people and territory, between man and nature, and from this understanding to become aware of the real situation of the environment, people and other non-human beings that inhabit it. Thus, who knows how to intervene to improve the existence of humans and non-humans.