August 21, 2012
finding folks with similar interests and skills. wanting to find people ready to develop a strategy for what we do with our skills beyond honing them and teaching others in isolated learning events. i am primarily interested in structural, systemic shift in how our society functions. practical alternatives, measurable and tangible goals, models with data to take to our policy makers so we can shift this mother to a system that works for us. i am not looking to be a kool-aid connoisseur.
i have lived with someone who actively resisted being branded as a permaculturalist, who is a 5th generation grower (as opposed to "farmer") and radical ecologist. this person was my mentor and close friend in chicago. i prefer self-guided learning to paying high dollar for certification. my level of understanding prefers to see this concept extend beyond the backyard, since human culture has never sat still in one place for very long. my background is mostly the arts, and within that i studied pre-industrial textiles made of natural fibers, and experimented with using post-industrial materials like cardboard and plastic bags to recreate pre-industrial textiles. i'm utilitarian and practical but i have an active imagination of what "permaculture" means to people living in 2013 AD (or CE), not 2013 BCE. call it what you will (none/basic/advanced).
i live on about a quarter acre and it is my sanctuary. primarily i'm playing with an edible landscape that mirrors something mythological or sacred. elsewhere on the property are more merely utilitarian things. my main project is this contrived design thing, because it's more fun for me. plans for other things are plans, but it's difficult to make time for them.
actually acquiring political power, as a group. because it's fun to say "guerrilla" but it's annoying to me that we should want to "guerrilla garden" in our front yards. we should guerrilla garden in places we are not permitted access, i.e. actually guerrilla. we should have full access to the lands we pay rent on. we should be able to affect policy change, rather than find contentment in breaking the rules. we should want to change the rules. i would also want us to discuss environmental injustice issues, the ways class (and everything that intersects with it--race, gender, sexuality) affects and is affected by this venture. i want to discuss actual, effective, practical, organized alternative economies--transitions that hold water. i want to discuss models for change. i want to discuss the oppressive cult of personality, and pedagogical practices. i want to discuss internalized oppression, and how that affects group dynamics. i want to address strategy and goals for progress.
Born and raised in Jax, been spending school months in Chicago for the past 4-ish years, but am back in the Fruit Cove area, ready to roll. I am a cultural critic, and I have constructive suggestions. I have many ideas but limited time and energy.