My new paper with Prof. Isa Baud in Habitat International just became available online. [gated, but write me] It is part of a special issue on Configuring Knowledge for urban water-related risks and vulnerabilities. Though several shorter pieces written for a lay audience will follow, the paper centres on why despite the fact that all
In the same way that the assumption that more transparency will automatically lead to empowerment, it is not enough to assume that encouraging urban agriculture will automatically lead to social cohesion. Contrary to what many might think, most people involved in community gardening don’t have a green thumb. Many have never gone farther than buying
This is a really useful infographic that actually uses the benefits of spatial relationships inherent in mindmapping. Beyond the capitalist paradigm is a mapping from BlaqSwans and the P2P foundation and their blog the Commons Transition. These guys are working on what the sharing economy actually means, going beyond discourse as a marketing tool and
Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method tells the story of the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Jung’s patient-turned-lover-turned-colleague, Sabina Spielrein. There’s a particularly striking scene when Jung and Freud are chatting on a steamboat to America. Jung shares one of his dreams, which they analyse together, and it represents the changing nature of their
Sheldon Frith has put together a fantastic blog post: ‘Introduction to permaculture for the uninitiated’. It’s not too long and brings the essentials together. Click here. What is particularly interesting is his section on ‘The value of permaculture’, where he talks about four major design principles:
We have this cultural understanding that ideas are sparks, that there is a Eureka moment, when suddenly the penny drops, the apple falls from the tree and the planets are spinning around the sun. However, what happens before that? How do we sow ground fertile for good ideas?