Jul 012013

At the centre of my design interventions is the idea of working in the margins, on the edge, in the spaces between. “Embodiment” refers to the tension and struggle between a world in which what is valued is increasingly digital, distant, and idealized and a world of everyday relationships, sensations, and mystery. I have lived in the interstices, gleaning, struggling for meaning between street protests and my job in an ad agency, building furniture while […read the rest]

Jun 012013

There are quite a number of things that I would LOVE to be able to pay an artisan to make/fix/modify for me. The number one item is that I have a lot of heavy rubber shoe soles on which I need new shoes built. Shoe people tend to say “I don’t work with that kind of material”. A customized computer desk because I work in bed and the computer needs to be able to breathe. […read the rest]

Oct 032012

We have a story that people are lazy. They’d rather watch TV. I don’t think this is true. I think the truth might be the opposite. Many science fiction stories, including The Matrix, have presented chilling visions of the human energetic body and/or the processing power of the human brain being harnessed as resources. I think we are full of energy and intelligence. The evidence is the intense way that people seem to need to […read the rest]

Aug 052012

Last night I went to see some art, without knowing the topic in advance. And it was another theme. It was indeed frightening. (Fake smoke is amazingly moving –and versatile– with the right lighting and sound.) It seems many artists have taken it upon themselves these days to frighten viewers into action on global warming. It’s good to see artists embracing activism, and it’s good that people are taking these issues seriously. I want […read the rest]

Aug 032012
It's happening, musicians are figuring it out

Musicians, hackers, and writers are in mess right now, because they love making stuff and they want to share it, but the internet makes everything free, or below the wages that anyone could possibly live on. These days you can use Spotify to listen to any song you want, for almost no money. So folks are figuring out how they’ll be able to make a living from their creativity. In the meantime, some are giving it […read the rest]

Aug 032012

Now that I’m on twitter i can’t always keep track of where I hear things from, but the happy outcome is that I’m getting in contact with lots of stuff I like. Yesterday I watched a bunch of videos from The Avant-Garde Diaries. These are one of the products of an arts foundation run by Mike D of The Beastie Boys. They are very short videos with artists and others who are working in spaces […read the rest]

Aug 012012

Social entrepreneurship is a model of social change quite different than social movements, but it is not necessarily for-profit. (Bornstein, 2007) Responding to a political landscape that seems to offer only dead ends, energetic social entrepreneurs are making things happen with resolute utopianism. They are creating space, enabling new experiences, innovating, and providing meaningful jobs for other people who want to work their values. Social entrepreneurship as an approach to social change is personalistic, isolated, […read the rest]

Jul 262012

I’ve been talking with the awesome Charles Heying, author of Brew to Bikes (2010) about naming this movement. Is it: slow: “seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything…” Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slow (2005) local, specific to each place, its culture, style, ecosystem, “terroir” … and […read the rest]

Jun 162012
The Integrity Economy

I don’t usually eat meusli, but my body targeted its cravings that way last week, and I follow. I found a beautiful one, and expensive, from realgoodfood. I was especially pleased with it because the phrase “organic” emblazoned on the label turned out to refer not only to the grains which make up the bulk of the product, but also to the dried berries (biodynamic, actually). This is rare. I didn’t mind paying $10, because I […read the rest]