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Issue 8 of Branch is planned for April 23rd 2024, and the call for contributions is open until Tue 27 Feb. We hope to make the issue feel super collaborative, getting as many people as possible involved in creating the issue and discussing ideas arising from it.

Issue 8 theme choice

The issue’s theme is “finding beauty in the imperfect”. This theme is deliberately open to interpretation and can be taken in many different directions. And we really hope it does!

The theme idea originally stemmed from frustrations some CAT members felt when trying to move the field of digital sustainability forward. Instead of being met with constructive ways to build on ideas or make things better, there was resistance saying that because ideas/methodologies/tools were not already mature they weren’t in any way helpful. If it wasn’t beautiful/perfect to their eyes, it shouldn’t exist. Don’t even bother.

This theme has been borne from a desire to use the next issue of Branch to bring the digital tech community together to counter that way of thinking through positive story telling, fact sharing, discussion and creativity. We want to demonstrate that we can make things better, and create a more beautiful, sustainable tech industry through embracing flaws and imperfections, and building each other up.

Submit your contribution now!

Conversation starters

Success for this issue is getting tech people to discuss and share ideas on what “finding beauty in the imperfect” might mean to them. Here are 10 prompts for the kind of things we hope to include in issue 8, and to get people chatting about:

  1. Let’s discuss the idea that sustainability isn’t just about being perfect. What are some examples you’ve seen where imperfection actually leads to progress?
  2. What do you think we can do to make the web a better place?
  3. Let’s explore the idea of building a web that’s not only sustainable but also just and humane. What do these things/terms mean to you? How do we build this?
  4. How do you deal with the often overwhelming news about climate change? Do you think there’s a right way to react to both positive and negative updates?
  5. Isn’t it interesting how the concept of beauty shapes our online experiences? From the polished facade of Instagram to the authenticity of genuine human connections. Which do you value more and why?
  6. Have you ever struggled with effectively communicating your environmental concerns without facing backlash? Could you share some real-life examples or strategies for compassionate communication?
  7. Can you recall a situation where technological limitations pushed you to work harder or inspired you to devise a new, innovative solution?
  8. Can you share an example of a climate-friendly technology you’ve seen at work or in your daily life that you think could be better, but still helps make the world a nicer place.
  9. What technologies, despite their imperfections, help you connect with others and nature? Could you picture life without them?
  10. Which eco-friendly technologies do you think are seen as flawed by others but are important to you? Why do they matter to you?
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A Sustainable Internet for All - Issue 8

Issue 8 of Branch is planned for April 23rd 2024, and the call for contributions is open until Tue 27 Feb. We hope to make the issue feel super collaborative, getting as many people as possible involved in creating the issue and discussing ideas arising from it.

Issue 8 theme choice

The issue’s theme is “finding beauty in the imperfect”. This theme is deliberately open to interpretation and can be taken in many different directions. And we really hope it does!

The theme idea originally stemmed from frustrations some CAT members felt when trying to move the field of digital sustainability forward. Instead of being met with constructive ways to build on ideas or make things better, there was resistance saying that because ideas/methodologies/tools were not already mature they weren’t in any way helpful. If it wasn’t beautiful/perfect to their eyes, it shouldn’t exist. Don’t even bother.

This theme has been borne from a desire to use the next issue of Branch to bring the digital tech community together to counter that way of thinking through positive story telling, fact sharing, discussion and creativity. We want to demonstrate that we can make things better, and create a more beautiful, sustainable tech industry through embracing flaws and imperfections, and building each other up.

Submit your contribution now!

Conversation starters

Success for this issue is getting tech people to discuss and share ideas on what “finding beauty in the imperfect” might mean to them. Here are 10 prompts for the kind of things we hope to include in issue 8, and to get people chatting about:

  1. Let’s discuss the idea that sustainability isn’t just about being perfect. What are some examples you’ve seen where imperfection actually leads to progress?
  2. What do you think we can do to make the web a better place?
  3. Let’s explore the idea of building a web that’s not only sustainable but also just and humane. What do these things/terms mean to you? How do we build this?
  4. How do you deal with the often overwhelming news about climate change? Do you think there’s a right way to react to both positive and negative updates?
  5. Isn’t it interesting how the concept of beauty shapes our online experiences? From the polished facade of Instagram to the authenticity of genuine human connections. Which do you value more and why?
  6. Have you ever struggled with effectively communicating your environmental concerns without facing backlash? Could you share some real-life examples or strategies for compassionate communication?
  7. Can you recall a situation where technological limitations pushed you to work harder or inspired you to devise a new, innovative solution?
  8. Can you share an example of a climate-friendly technology you’ve seen at work or in your daily life that you think could be better, but still helps make the world a nicer place.
  9. What technologies, despite their imperfections, help you connect with others and nature? Could you picture life without them?
  10. Which eco-friendly technologies do you think are seen as flawed by others but are important to you? Why do they matter to you?