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Solarpunk in Zine Form: Check out OBSOLETE!

There are several awesome things about OBSOLETE! Press – especially, obviously, that their latest issue from February 2017 is on Solarpunk.

I immensely enjoyed their About page, so I’ll just go ahead an quote a couple of t why the name OBSOLETE!?

In post-post-post-modern society even the term “obsolete” is becoming obsolete- products are obsolete before they hit the market-place, technology is only good as long as its replacement is in beta-testing.

And this beautiful explanation of why a zine in print form was created in the information age of digital everything, where knowledge does not equal wisdom and cultural rigidity is indeed more ripe than we like to admit.

 In the early part of the 20th century, Harold Innis, a Canadian media theorist and predecessor of Marshall McCluhan, postulated that great civilizations were those that balanced “time-binding” media (which retain ideas and history), and “space-binding” media (which allows ideas to travel rapidly). He felt, back in the 50’s, that western society was relying too much on space-binding media like radio and television, and that the over-exposure was leading to a culture where “…The emphasis on change is the only permanent characteristic.” He felt that this trend would kill shared experience and local identity and create and atmosphere of paranoia and rigid political militarization. No one knows what Innis would have thought of the internet, but despite all of the great gifts of modern technology, some of Innis’ warnings seem to be coming true. Despite the gushing flow of “free” information, cultural rigidity appears to be setting in.

And lastly, spoken by true Solarpunks:

The books we publish reflect our love for the physical world and the DIY aesthetic.

I’ll add here that digital versions are also available as the good OBSOLETE! peops recognises the digital media!

Peace yo, and keep up the good work!

Obsolete Solarpunk Issue # 10

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The Art of Solarpunks: Marina DeBris

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that currently form the centre of my artivism focus!

Making art and fashion – pardon me, I meant of course – trashion out of “junk” collected on beaches is how Marina DeBris encourages us to re-think, re-use and re-cycle stuff.

What an excellent, Solarpunky way to question how we use stuff and what happens to it when we are done with it.

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Meet: The Swarm

Over the last eight months I have continued to be a lazy blogger. However I do have pretty valid excuses and exciting real-life results to show for it! In short, the laziness has not extended to my real life, rather I have been networking and organising and spending time to create and hold safe but casual space for people to come together and grow…something good.

This is our newly formed Theatre Group after its second workshop – what a great form of human bonding as well as gaining confidence and trust!

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Unity. Trust. Creativity. Networks. Community! Cultivating a larger focus on the important things in life.

And that is also part of what The Swarm does. The Swarm was one of the network eddies that has extended its ripples my way, giving me the highly anticipated opportunity to connect with other #solarpunks.

The Swarm is a “new international community of artists, experts, creatives, dreamers, and change makers. We have come together to create new ways to shift the mainstream understanding of what is possible, to help re-invigorate smart campaigns about climate and system change, and link these to the mainstream through the power of arts and culture” (copied from Swarm website – I could not put it any more to the point!).

Now that the new website is going, our newly formed community is really starting to collaborate and brainstorm and empower each other. Exciting events and projects are in the creative pipeline, a new era of artivism is on its way…

Stay tuned and don’t be shy if The Swarm idea resonates in some way or other – this community is all about inclusion and participation. Actually, participation is the only way it will grow and prosper…

Below some artwork from one of The Swarm’s amazing visual artists, Camille aka Nylnook – this is RaDiCaL dReAmInG! #solarpunk YO!

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Much Love & Peace

x

Our future – worth believing in!

And certainly worth fighting for.

So, I have heard THEM say that nothing is going to change between NOW (2013) and THEN (2050)?!!!???!!!??????

… – 9 billion people – 1.5 billion cars – famines – wars – disease – pollution – …

I might just be some crazed up writer person but I am convinced that, before we resign ourselves to the fact of our own self-destruction, we humans got a couple of other things up our sleeves to try out for a bit.

Such as – getting some fresh new trustworthy people to take the reigns of world governing for a decade or two!

Sounds crazy?

Well, not as crazy as the future that is being painted for us by economists, experts on whatever they say, the media, Governments and so on. I don’t sign up for that and I don’t think anyone else should either.

Because in reality, REAL reality – we’ve got plenty of options! You just need to take a good look at us! Our amazing history! Our evolution! Our enormous brains! We have a massive set of skills! We are incredibly capable of innovation! Highly adaptable! Cooperative!

I mean, just, you know, like, a decade or two, give it a chance, and then we shall see what we have then…apparently we’ve got nothing to lose anyway?! It really could be quite good, who knows if we don’t even try?!

Oh yes, but it’s not that easy you say. Of course…but I found three suitable quotes on the topic “nothing is easy“:

“Nothing is easy to the unwilling.”

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

by Thomas Fuller; and

“Nothings that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

by Nicholas Sparks.

So there we go. It will not be easy to change our future historical path on Earth, but it will be worth our while and it will get easier, especially if we are willing.

So, what are we waiting for!?!