New offerings

Technology & co-operative business coaching, consulting, coding & facilitation

Dear friends,

I am pleased to say that I am now offering technology & co-operative business coaching, consulting, coding & facilitation.

Coaching

For both individuals and organisations:

  • Become much more efficient with your screen time

  • Get answers on any aspect of running a modern co-operative business

  • Learn how to use any of the tools and platforms on my software page or Don't Go Back To Normal, and how they fit together

Consulting

I optimise and automate organisational processes and workflow, saving you time and money and allowing you to focus on what you enjoy.

  • Automate common tasks

  • Link your different platforms and stop manually copying/editing data

  • Wherever possible, I use no-code solutions that you can easily modify

Coding

For more complex projects, you can hire me to write code, benefitting from my 15 years experience in software development.

  • Super efficient: Clients are frequently astounded how much I can accomplish in just a few days work

  • Highly data-literate: Take advantage of my Masters' degrees in physics and complexity science

  • Skilled communicator: I'm an expert in translating complicated technical concepts

Facilitation

Great facilitators have excellent technical knowledge, fine-tuned intuition and wide life experience.

  • I facilitate team processes in visioning, conflict resolution, change management and more

  • I have uniquely wide training across the fields of physics, complexity science, software development, meditation, psychotherapy, plant medicine, sacred sexuality and political activism

  • I'm constantly learning myself, as a co-owner at not-for-profit worker co-operative Dandelion Collective and a contributor to Enspiral

Investment: Coaching from £100/hour, consulting, coding and facilitation from £500/day, with discounts for co-ops and non-profits.

Book a free initial 30 minute call

You will find the most up-to-date details of my offerings on my new homepage at stephenreid.net.

With best wishes,
Stephen

Unplugging from Facebook

I'm significantly changing how I use Facebook and other corporate social media

First published at https://stephenreid.net/blog/2020/07/09/unplugging-from-facebook.html

Hi friends,

I'm significantly changing how I use Facebook and other corporate social media. I'm not going to feed it, and I'm not going to let it feed me any longer.

  • I'm not going to post on my Facebook profile or page. I may occasionally post in groups.

  • I've set it up so I can't see my Facebook newsfeed on desktop or mobile (more on this below)

Essentially I'm just going to use Facebook as an address book/events discovery/search tool from now on.

I will also not be posting on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. I already don't use the newsfeeds on Twitter or Instagram. I will continue to follow a handful of channels on YouTube that aren't available on Spotify.

Where I will be posting

  • ~daily: articles I read to my homepage (webRSS)

  • ~weekly: blog posts to my blog (webRSS), written with Typora

  • ~occasionally: episodes to my podcast

  • ~monthly: newsletters to my Substack, which will feature a summary of content I've created since the previous newsletter

How I read/listen

I discover articles via Feedly, including following a few Twitter accounts/Facebook pages converted with FetchRSS.

I listen to podcasts via Spotify and (reluctantly) YouTube.

Hiding your Facebook newsfeed on desktop

Install Stylus (ChromeFirefox) or Stylish (ChromeFirefox), then install this tiny script I wrote.

Hiding your Facebook newsfeed on mobile

There's no way of hiding the newsfeed in the mobile app, so uninstall it and train yourself to only access Facebook through Firefox. Install Stylish and this tiny script I wrote.

Further reading/listening

Leave a comment

In Correspondence #12

Don't Go Back To Normal, Dandelion and the Tao

Dear friends,

Welcome to my latest update.

What I’ve been up to

Phoebe and I launched Don’t Go Back To Normal. You can watch the video from the launch event here.

I continue to put a lot of time into Dandelion (dandelion.earth): a platform for events/ticketing/local groups/co-created gatherings that is the amalgamation of/successor to the Psychedelic Society and Autopia codebases. I outlined some of the key features in this post and started making this guide including this introduction to organisations in Dandelion. If I do say so myself, it really is shaping up to be an awesome platform. Please consider using it for your next event/gathering – get in touch if you need any advice or support!

Having finished going through the meditations in Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising by Rob Burbea, I'm going back to the beginning and meditating chapter-by-chapter on the book that was such an important portal for me into the mystical – Jonathan Star's translation of the Tao Te Ching. I'm posting each verse the day I meditate on it (usually 30 minutes sitting in the morning) in an album on Facebook and on a new Tao Te Ching section of on my website.

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One of my proudest moments to date: Dandelion Collective Ltd, the not-for-profit company behind the Psychedelic Society and dandelion.earth, is now a worker cooperative. Meanwhile, the Psychedelic Society’s Experience Retreats, which I co-founded and were the first psilocybin-assisted retreats of their kind, are branching off to become a new, independent organisation, Alalaho.

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I moved house and wild camped on Dartmoor for Hana’s birthday.

What I’ve been reading & listening to

Since my last newsletter, I’ve shared a total of 73 links that you can read via my website (RSS), Facebook or Twitter. I also finished two books:

The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman: Amazon.co.uk: Davi ...

The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman, as told by Davi Kopenawa to Bruce Albert

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

Hana introduced me to a bunch of anime films, my highlight of which was Princess Mononoke.

And finally…

Until next time, with love,
Stephen

In Correspondence #11

Dear friends,

I hope you are keeping well. I’m hosting an online meetup by donation for readers of this newsletter on Wednesday 6th May, 6pm – 7pm. Register here

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Autopia is now Dandelion

The not-for-profit company behind the Psychedelic Society has been renamed from PsychedelicsUK Ltd to Dandelion Collective Ltd, and we are in final stages of registering Dandelion Collective as a worker co-op with Coops UK.

In addition to the Psychedelic Society, Dandelion Collective will host a number of other projects, including what was Autopia and is now simply called Dandelion (at dandelion.earth), a mapping-focused social and events platform.

I’m the lead developer (yep, amongst other things, I’m a Ruby developer ☺️). It’s been my main lockdown project and I’m feeling really pleased with it. Soon we’ll be encouraging all 65,000 supporters of Psychedelic Society to start using it to connect with people locally. Check out the Psychedelic Society organisation on Dandelion for a sneak peek and get in touch if you’d like to use it as your ticketing or organising platform.

What else I’ve been up to

What I’ve been reading & listening to

Since my last newsletter, I’ve shared a total of 94 links that you can read via my website (RSS), Facebook or Twitter. Some of the highlights:

Books & essays

Podcasts

In other news

Recommendations

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and beardAlleviating poverty with Celo Cryptocurrency | Token Minds
  • Celo is a new cryptocurrency that counts Charles Eisenstein as one of its advisors. I’m planning to participate in the auction over the coming days; if it interests you, please register for the auction via this link and I will receive a small referral bonus.

  • The most clicked link in my last email was matched betting

  • Bitcoin is up 20% in the past week. ICONOMI is my preferred way to trade

  • If you appreciate my work, you’re welcome to make a donation via cryptoPaypal or Patreon. You could also take a look at my recommended products page (I receive a small commission for most products featured there).

Until next time, with love,
Stephen

In Correspondence #10

Coronavirus Sensemaking

Stephen Reid
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Image via Unsplash

We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness, and strength so we can help transform the situation. The ocean of tears cannot drown us if karuna [compassion] is there.

The Four Qualities of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh

People I recommend you pay attention to at the moment

How I recommend you pay attention to them

Feedly, using FetchRSS to turn Facebook pages/Twitter feeds into RSS, and Facebook’s Get Notifications feature for Facebook profiles:

Staying focused

I've found that accessing my Facebook newsfeed on mobile is sufficient, and that I don't also need it on desktop. The best solution I've found:

Your Facebook homepage on desktop will then look like this:

Consider also downgrading your phone (or at least having a dumbphone as an option when you leave your home)

Remote income

Matched betting is a clever (mathematically risk-free) way of turning the free promotional bets offered by betting companies into real cash. On average people make around £15/hour for 12 months. (At some point the betting companies realise what you're up to and 'gub' you – stop offering you free bets – but most people get at least 6 months out of it.) Read more

Ditch the old financial system

Let’s take this opportunity to move beyond our unfair, unsustainable, centralised financial system. Make the switch to crypto: I recommend Wirex for day-to-day spending and ICONOMI for savings/investments.

In other news

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Ayrmer Cove

Hire me

The coronavirus has freed up 2-3 days per week of my time, and I'm currently open to offers of paid work. Check out my bio/training and get in touch if you think I can help you/your organisation.

Some other ways you can reciprocate if you appreciate this newsletter:

  • Make a donation via cryptoPaypal or Patreon

  • Check out my recommended products page (I receive a small commission for most products featured there)

  • Hit reply and let me know what you found useful/introduce me to someone/make me a recommendation

Until next time, with love,
Stephen

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