Hope means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is not possible without hope.
I feel like part of my work at the smallest scale is to bring deep authenticity and honesty into every relationship. And then at the larger scale, I believe we need to be vision oriented. We need to not just be a ‘no’ telling people what we don’t want when we’re tired of what we’re beyond. We need to be articulating ourselves in the form of a yes. What is it that we deeply believe in? What is it that we deeply long for and love? And how do we want to organise ourselves to practice that every day right now? So that it becomes the muscle memory, that it becomes what we do under pressure, that it becomes what we do when we’re scared. How do we practice our vision, so the vision is what has produced under any pressure?
The folly of “design thinking” or “medium design” isn’t believing that design has political utility, but expecting it to offer deliverance from the crucible of living within capitalism. Design is not an art form, or a mindset, or a politics, or a trap door; it is a tool, and in order to use it effectively, you have to believe in something beyond it.
Enough should be a human right, a floor below which no one can fall; also a ceiling above which no one can rise. Enough is as good as a feast—or better.
A mycelial network is a map of a fungus’s recent history, and is a helpful reminder that all life forms are in fact processes, not things.
That September pairing of purple and gold is lived reciprocity; its wisdom is that the beauty of one is illuminated by the radiance of the other. Science and art, matter and spirit, indigenous knowledge and Western science—can they be goldenrod and asters for each other?
From the viewpoint of a private property economy, the “gift” is deemed to be “free” because we obtain it free of charge, at no cost. But in the gift economy, gifts are not free. The essence of the gift is that it creates a set of relationships. The currency of a gift economy is, at its root, reciprocity.
“The three questions we must ask when we are building things: To what end. At what cost. At whose expense”
— Srinija Srinivasan
We are individuals first, yes, just as bees are, but we exist in a larger social body. Society is not only real; it’s fundamental. We can’t live without it. And now we’re beginning to understand that this “we” includes many other creatures and societies in our biosphere and even in ourselves. Even as an individual, you are a biome, an ecosystem, much like a forest or a swamp or a coral reef. Your skin holds inside it all kinds of unlikely coöperations, and to survive you depend on any number of interspecies operations going on within you all at once. We are societies made of societies; there are nothing but societies.
"The ultimate hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently." - David Graeber