- Ideas around sympoiesis ("making with" and collectively producing systems) from Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway
- Indigenous teachings from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Matter cannot be created nor destroyed. All we have is all we have; a new thing is just the connection between two old things that have never touched before.
In weaving well-being for land and people, we need to pay attention to the lessons of the three rows. Ecological well-being and the laws of nature are always the first row. Without them, there is no basket of plenty. Only if that first circle is in place can we weave the second. The second reveals material welfare, the subsistence of human needs. Economy built upon ecology. But with only two rows in place, the basket is still in jeopardy of pulling apart. It's only when the third row comes that the first two can hold together. Here is where ecology, economics, and spirit are woven together. By using materials as if they were a gift, and returning the gift through worthy use, we find balance. I think that third row goes by many names: Respect. Reciprocity. All Our Relations. I think of it as the spirit row. Whatever the name, the three rows represent recognition that our lives depend on one another, human needs being only one row in the basket that must hold us all. In relationship, the separate splints become a whole basket, sturdy and resilient enough to carry us into the future.
If there is no church in the wild, if there is study
rather than knowledge production, if there is a way of being together
in brokenness, if there is an undercommons, then we must all find our
way to it.
Fugitive Planning & Black Study
Stefano Harney&Fred Moten
I think of a relationship like a spiderweb, something that can look very diaphanous and tender, but that’s actually extremely strong because of the material, because of the time, because of the energy that was put into it. I love the idea of webbing. It doesn’t have to be a solid thing that we’re creating with relationships. It has to be something that is just as thick as it needs to be to hold this particular group up. A web allows things to fall through, like a sieve. Some things are not meant to be caught. The things that are meant to be caught and held will nourish us.