Too messy to fail: ancestral mutual aid and instinctive sharing as the topsoil for the cooperative ecosystem

I’ve come to believe that mutual aid is the dynamic heartbeat at the confluence of the theories of change in this framework. When I was 33, I went up on a forested mountain near my home for a 4-day fast with no food or water to inspect my life and bring back some renewal andContinue reading “Too messy to fail: ancestral mutual aid and instinctive sharing as the topsoil for the cooperative ecosystem”

Why are Gallery Walls White and Why Do We Know the Answer?

This prompt brings to mind Material Return, an enterprise of The Industrial Commons (TIC), and its movement ecology which hinges on the principals of a circular economy. All three theories of change (Personal Transformation, Changing dominant institutions, Setting a New Shared Ownership Agenda) are employed along the way, whether it’s the internal culture of theContinue reading “Why are Gallery Walls White and Why Do We Know the Answer?”

From Ownership to Stewardship?

Response to Part Two The prompt left me reflecting on eco-system models that can hold the intersection of “alternatives, institutions, and personal change.” In watching our cooperative eco-system grow we constantly encounter the foundational need for personal change so that those eager for a piece of the change, and often those who have been harmedContinue reading “From Ownership to Stewardship?”