I get very exhausted when people use their knowledge about how things are done in the big tech / surveillance capitalism (or maybe just "capitalist") world, and try and apply it in totally different domains, like community-focused volunteer projects.
Almost all the implicit assumptions don't hold.
Capitalist projects have a lot of resources to solve problems because they are willing to engage in destructive and extractive behaviours.
If we remove that part, the equation massively changes.
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