The Symbiosis Project

Symbiogenesis

More and more people are waking up to the fact that something is drastically out of balance in the world. Oil spills, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, government repression, super-storms, recession, alienation, debt. We generally categorize these different problems into different social arenas, with terms like…

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PermaBlocks- Ecosystem Legos

PermaBlocks is a project I’m working on to make it MUCH easier to design open-source permaculture systems. My hope is to create a platform that makes it easy to share knowledge in a simple and standard format, to allow for citizen science, massive collaboration, and…

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Silent Disco Dance Parties

WHAT? One Sentence Organized a weekly dance silent party, where people listen to the same music on headphones in public parks. One Paragraph I bought 30 FM radio headphones direct from the manufacturer. My freind J has a radio show on Tuesday nights from 8-10pm…

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The future belongs to those who tell a better story.

This is a true story. It all starts one week from today. After reading about it on the internet, a single person in a neighborhood in Portland, OR, decided to start a community beer-brewing co-op. He gathered a group of eight neighbors, and together they…

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Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Just what, exactly, is going on here? How did we get here? What is life? What is time? What is matter? When did it start? What does it mean to be conscious? There are some really fundamental questions that we all ask ourselves at certain…

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Taking it to the streets!

My first prototype is done! So, here’s how it works: There’s a tupperware of seed paper squares and markers on the table (not in picture) Passersby can write their hopes for the future anonymously and deposit them into the box When they turn the knob,…

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Phone Pole Repair

I was walking through my neighborhood a few weeks ago, and I realized how ugly phone poles are. And they’re everywhere. I thought it would be fun to design something specifically designed to make phone poles into interactive community art spaces, so that anyone could…

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It begins!

My original idea was to get people to share their hopes for the future on seed paper, and then I could compile them into a word cloud. I had a feeling that the most common words would be deeply powerful and together, would give us…

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Philosoraptor, Occupy, and Social Change in the Age of the Internet

This a presentation I gave on Occupy to a packed auditorium of 700 students today! The administration wouldn’t allow filming or recording of any kind, so this is an approximate transcript, based on my original notes. I wasn’t able to talk about the seed project…

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Earthships!

This blog is dedicated to documenting the social and environmental implications of the development of mainstream permaculture. Today, we’re going to talk about Earthships. Earthships are passive-solar, high thermal mass buildings made out of earth and recycled tires. They catch rainwater and use it 3…

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