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  1. Aug 2018
    1. Social media is well-understood to be contributing to identity politics, but I’d argue it’s contributing to something deeper: identity paralysis. This condition is one in which we have a forced awareness of how everything we say and do — even the seemingly inconsequential, like the shoes we wear, or the airline we fly — reflects on us.

      This relates to another article on gender dysphoria in teens.

      Among the noteworthy patterns Littman found in the survey data: 21 percent of parents reported their child had one or more friends become transgender-identified at around the same time; 20 percent reported an increase in their child’s social media use around the same time as experiencing gender dysphoria symptoms; and 45 percent reported both.

      Is rapid-onset gender dysphoria a response—if only partially—to the identity paralysis borne out of an age of pervasive social media?

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  7. Sep 2016
    1. Shifting values: cooperation over competition, self-sufficiency, deep respect and advocacy for ‘other’

      Transitions in design (part of introduction).

    1. When we can take green from grass, blue from heaven, and red from blood, we have already an enchanter’s power — upon one plane; and the desire to wield that power in the world external to our minds awakes. It does not follow that we shall use that power well upon any plane. We may put a deadly green upon a man’s face and produce a horror; we may make the rare and terrible blue moon to shine; or we may cause woods to spring with silver leaves and rams to wear fleeces of gold, and put hot fire into the belly of the cold worm. But in such “fantasy,” as it is called, new form is made; Faerie begins; Man becomes a sub-creator.

      "When we can take green from grass, blue from heaven, and red from blood, we have already an enchanter’s power — upon one plane; and the desire to wield that power in the world external to our minds awakes... we may put a deadly green upon a man’s face and produce a horror; we may make the rare and terrible blue moon to shine; or we may cause woods to spring with silver leaves and rams to wear fleeces of gold, and put hot fire into the belly of the cold worm. But in such “fantasy,” as it is called, new form is made; Faerie begins; Man becomes a sub-creator.

    1. the post-capitalist archetype is the universally educated human being. It is important to understand this because the universally educated human being today is everyone who has access to the Internet

      !

    2. One of the most prominent characteristics of the emerging system is the concept of “distributed intelligence” Its a decentralized system that follows no ideology. So, if we’re beginning to see the end of centralized ideologies, what will the system look like on the other side? Is it intelligent enough to save humanity?

      "If we're beginning to see the end of centralized ideologies, what will the system look like on the other side?"

    1. Robinson’s work illustrates both the promise and peril of radical optimism.

      A good quote—and point—to include in dissertation.

  8. Aug 2016
    1. A very popular Tumblr post by the visual artist Olivia Louise, published in 2014, served as a major spark to the solarpunk movement, because it made explicit that the goal was an aesthetically pleasing habitable future. Louise called for “a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech, as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between.”

      Wonderful quote. Is this the fancy at work, or something deeper? Will it only become deeper, or 'come true', (per Heidegger), if it starts to become real?

    1. y, the very worldview of Mo

      I keep seeing reference to modernity and its identification as a problem. Was this what Tolkien was responding to, as well?

    1. A review of Duanne & Raby's Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, by Cameron Tonkinwise.

    2. visioning Real Utopias (Wright 2010)

      Definitely cite this; see further Hypothes.is annotations under 'eutopia'.

    1. study of the created world, reverence for its form, and direct inspiration from its existant beauty

      Does the nascent philosophy of solarpunk (yet) evoke this feeling?

    2. Tolkien makes strong moral distinction between Magic and Enchantment

      Enchantment works via the grace of theological allegiance. Magic works via the technique of self-discipline.

      Accurate?

    3. “(Fairy stories are) primarily concerned with possibility, but with desirability. If they awakened desire, satisfying it while often whetting it unbearably, they succeeded.”

      [not]?

      Does this not also describe the intended goals of transition, and transition design? Per possibility, plausibility, and preferability (need citation for this)?

    4. The consistency of the inner world must be rigorous for the spell of enchantment to be successful

      How does this statement apply to the pluralistic, decentralized, anarchistic world(s) of solarpunk?

    5. In the experience of ‘enchantment‘, the reader does not merely suspend disbelief but is drawn into an exploration of a created world.

      This is what Transition design needs, and what solarpunk is currently doing in an undisciplined way—but is ultimately very much capable of.

    6. Tolkien uses the term “Art” to describe “the operative link between Imagination and the final result, Sub‐creation”

      !!!! Not just world-building, but sub-creation—theological!

    7. “(enchantment) produces a Secondary World into which both designer and spectator can enter, to the satisfaction of their senses while they are inside; but in’ its purity it is artistic in desire and purpose”

      This is Coleridge's power, per Gareth Knight—the power of mythopoeia.

    1. Mass extinctions are no doubt catastrophic, but they are only tragic if nature is viewed as something perfect that we are destroying, rather than as a state of flux in which we are participating.

      Exactly. Excellent perspective.

    2. Nature, after all, includes us in its list of animals

      This paragraph references the wealth of literature—particularly as discussed by those within the phenomenology / deep ecology / holistic science traditions—on participation.

    3. Like the bereaved who must learn to speak of the dead in the past tense, if we are to move forward in our habitation of the planet, to face the future and not the past, to say “yes” to the anthropocene, we should change our language.

      Brilliant [implicit] endorsement of solarpunk, here...

    4. This melancholia, I would argue, is connected to the death of God, or the ability to conceive God in a certain way, and stems from that Romantic transference of the divine into nature.

      !

    5. When we talk about sustainability, then, what is it that we hope to sustain? We certainly do not sustain nature “in itself.” Rather, we sustain nature as we humans prefer it. More precisely, we preserve the resources needed for human consumption, whether that means energy consumption or aesthetic consumption. In one sense, we preserve nature for industry.

      Interesting. We'll see if this coincides with my own thesis; that sustainability is the ability of life to preserve itself within a cosmic context. Sustainability as the 'verbing' of life.

      This is overwhelmingly a discussion about worldview.

    1. CPC is currently developing our first research project, on how to make a rapid transition to a post-carbon civilization

      Something to consider publishing to?

    1. Such a volume would thus differ widely from the traditional and contemporary "literature of Utopias" in being regional instead of non-regional, indeed ir-regional and so realisable, instead of being unrealisable and unattainable altogether. The theme of such a volume would thus be to indicate the practicable alternatives, and to select and to define from these the lines of development of the legitimate Eu-topia possible in the given city, and characteristic of it; obviously, therefore, a very different thing from a vague Ou-topia, concretely realisable nowhere.
    2. But these two volumes—"The City: Past and Present,"—are not enough. Is not a third volume imaginable and possible, that of the opening Civic Future?

      On the distinction between "Ou-topia" (utopia) and "Eu-topia".

    1. Solarpunk could be such an organizing principle, and in doing so turn what could be a diaspora of strife into a network of peace and progress.

      Solarpunk as catalyst for Transition design—as remedial, "transitional mythopoeia".

    2. Perhaps they need not even be infrastructure in the traditional, utilitarian sense, but efforts to create lasting human works that can provide keystones of cultural continuity for centuries to come — works I believe capitalism has proven nearly incapable of building, or in some cases even maintaining.

      This is the tie-in with Transition design!

    3. These projects could themselves be the organizing principle around which unique solarpunk communities are organized.

      Interesting. Could this include/be exemplified by "city labs" such as the Venus Project, Arcosanti, Earth Center, etc...?

    4. As I argued in my discussion of cities, solarpunk should be careful not to idealize either the gothic high tech or the favela chic.

      The author seems to be arguing that it is through the philosophies and political enaction(s) of distribution that solarpunk shall achieve its aims. "High-tech backends with simple, elegant outputs"

    5. solarpunk should be careful not to idealize either the gothic high tech or the favela chic

      The author is arguing that it is through the philosophies and political methods of distribution that solarpunk shall achieve its aims.

    6. Without some political intervention, the middle class may very well disappear, cleaving the world into two kinds of urban living: the gothic playgrounds of the rich, immaculate and decadent, and the vibrant, dangerous, untamed favelas of everyone else

      This is the 'future reality' solarpunk seeks to change—through distribution.

    7. A similar fate awaits us if we try to build a solarpunk community from scratch, and fill in the people later, instead of starting from what real people actually want and need

      Co-design, social permaculture, design for social innovation...

    8. a literary genre that has rabid fans but has yet to produce any literature.

      This is untrue by obsolescence; see Solarpunk Press.

    9. While it is useful to imagine comprehensively optimistic futures and fantasies, solar-punk can’t be the same as solar-utopia.

      A place to bring in "eutopian dialectics", per my MSc thesis?

    10. Solarpunk can see the spots where trees have broken through the asphalt for what they are: great places to grow trees.

      The notion of an "ecological intelligence" or "sensitivity" applies here, as does the concept of wabi sabi, permaculture... any others?

    1. Only if we heal the entirely mind-made separation of nature and culture, only if we truly understand our interbeing with all of life, can we reconcile humanity with the rest of nature

      This is the shift. Joanna Macy called it "The Greening of the Self"—one of the better coinages.

    2. The false separation between nature and culture is the root cause of many of the converging crises we are facing
    3. Towards Regenerative Society: Plan for Rapid Transition

      Link here.

    4. ‘8 Forms of Capital’

      How does this compare to the Forum for the Future's "Five Capitals" model?

    5. We are also beginning to apply our understanding of nutrient, energy and material cycles in mature ecosystems to the redesign of cities

      Solarpunk needs to adopt/steal this insight!

    6. Applying permaculture principles, ethics and attitudes to the redesign of the human presence on Earth offers effective strategies for the transition towards diverse regenerative cultures every-where

      Quotable quote.

    1. I see the task of contemporary Commons development as the cultivation and engineering of an alternative, parallel, infrastructure building on these overlooked resources
    2. I’ve come to regard the emergent Post-Industrial culture as a kind of insurgent civilization emerging amidst the declining Industrial Age, filling the gaps in its progressively crumbling edifice with new systems and structures of its own, recycling and repurposing its detritus.
    1. Greathouse reckons Solarpunk could one day leap from the confines of Tumblr blogs and Google brainstorms to become a rebel yell to action
    2. Each little step, he says, represents a Solarpunk signpost for a brighter tomorrow. “It gives context to shutting off your lights or conserving water instead of it just being a nebulous good thing to do.”

      This is a uniquely "Solarpunk" way of thinking, with direct parallels to Transition design.

    3. Solarpunk sailboat

      This is so freakin' cool.

    4. guerrilla tech is a solarpunk staple

      Good line.

    5. Quite 'journalistic' and clickbaity, but decent introduction to the topic of solarpunk.

    1. One way to do that––to make risk more approachable––is to run small tests. To build something that isn’t necessarily grand, but rather light, lean, and quick—experiments that we can send off nimbly through the gates and learn from, regardless of what returns. A Trojan Mouse instead of a Trojan Horse.
    2. Unless we’re willing to experiment, we can’t expect big breakthroughs. 
    1. now he was enthralled with the notion developed by Chris Langton and Kauffman that organisms live at the edge of chaos where, in the words of his colleague Mae-wan Ho, there is ‘maximum freedom to the individual with maximum coherence to the whole.’

      The 'prime directive' of complex adaptive systems.

  9. Jul 2016
    1. Healing and including marginalized people—like the physically and mentally disabled, the poor and homeless, people of color and immigrants, abuse victims, the chronically ill, LGBTQA people, all of the most vulnerable members of society.

      I think this might be more important than I had first thought.

    2. ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community
    3. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have

      Key theme of solarpunk; this article describes it well.

      "I see the task of contemporary Commons development as the cultivation and engineering of an alternative, parallel, infrastructure building on... overlooked resources. Adaptive reuse as a way of life."

    4. Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination

      That's one hell of an inspiring name! Here's a link to the center.

    1. Post-Industrial futurism
    2. Stories of little creatures that had created secret, hidden, civilizations within the overlooked and forgotten interstitial spaces of our built habitat, repurposing the detritus of our own civilization.

      This is so perfectly solarpunk!

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    1. I am adamant that the solarpunk movement should NOT be separate from the genre. Literature is so important to activism, so having the genre reflect the movement, and the movement reflect the genre, are going to strengthen both.

      Key.

  11. Jun 2016
    1. IV. If We Fail

      Very important considerations here.

    2. I for one argue for a comprehensive set of reforms that were inspired by the discussions held around the world during Occupy: a global debt jubilee to free both countries and individuals from debts that impoverish and enslave them; a tax on extreme wealth to control inequality and rein in the power of oligarchs; a guaranteed basic income to provide for the poor, the infirm and those more useful as caregivers, artists and thinkers than employees of businesses; a dramatic reduction in the workweek to slow down unsustainable levels of economic expansion and to eliminate the countless “bullshit jobs” that serve no function but to bore those who hold them; the regulation or even abolition of usury (once considered as great a sin as slavery), so that investments in sustainable infrastructure that will pay off in cathedral time are not hampered by interest payments that will eventually exceed principal.

      Some great examples, each of which have their own movements and proponents.

    3. You’ve heard of the hacker slogan “move fast and break things”? Solarpunk should move quietly and plant things.

      Important statement for discussion.

    4. anarchist theory

      Postulate: "-punk is inherently anarchist".

    5. In the same way I think solarpunk should work to reinvent civilization from within.

      How does this argument relate to the creation of a new metaphysic / 'weltanschauung'—particularly one which hosts the collision / synthesis of humanistic + ecological paradigms?

    6. If we do this right, Solarpunk could be the philosophy of those who fill in the gaps, the aesthetic of the assemblies that coalesce where government fails to show up.

      This is huge—directly connected to other "hacking" movements like design hacking, civic hacking, etc.

    7. Solarpunk is partly about building infrastructure that can be sustainable into the long term — and that can sustain many generations.

      An ecological ideology; i.e. permaculture.