Hello! I am so grateful that you are reading this blog, and I am glad for the opportunity to share what I have learned so far, and to continue learning from diverse communities and movements as I “cross-pollinate” near and far. I have started a Patreon campaign to help me to really dedicate my time to… Continue reading Crowd-funding Campaign
In the first week of August, I had the honor of assisting a small but powerful group of radical youth “artivists” who are working on an exciting collection of projects in collaboration with the Beehive Collective, Sustain Us, and Canticle Farm. The California Allegory Youth Fellowship, or “Callegory,” is the beginning of a long-term project that will… Continue reading Ideation with California Allegory Youth Fellowship
Recently I got a great opportunity to facilitate collaborative art with an AP Art class at Flagstaff High School. It was very challenging because of the time constraints - I had 4 days in class, each 55 minutes (or about 49 minutes after attendance is counted), plus one optional session which was nearly 2 hours… Continue reading Collaborative Art in Public School
Just dug up this oldie... I am pleased to share a little promotional piece I made in 2012, at the request of the gallery director at The New School in New York City. This was my first wildly successful innovative collaborative graphic-making training. I had learned the basic concept, what the Beehive Collective generically names "Graphics… Continue reading Cross-Pollinating Ideas – “Graphics for the Commons”
This diagram is a preview of a work in progress. I intend to share the finished story-telling diagram on a tour in collaboration with members of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. We will not only share stories and systemic analysis [history from 'conquistador' to 'corporate' colonialism, including industrial revolution, climate change, and the new 'disaster capitalism;'… Continue reading Profiteers and Predators: Creating and Capitalizing on Climate Crisis
Please check out this lesson! This is an incredibly powerful half-day training - I could feel a certain kind of transformative energy crackling around the room as we were facilitating - originally created by one of the most talented and experienced organizers I know, and then recently spiced up and illustrated a little by yours… Continue reading ORGANIZING FOR POWER: Capacity-Building & Strategic Escalation
I am very pleased to share this report/syllabus from our successful one-month residency at Roanoke College in Virginia, September 2016. This was a conceptually complex and ambitious undertaking: the gallery director requested that we inhabit the gallery and co-create an installation “live” over the course of the month, along with facilitated students, in a kind… Continue reading Beehive Process, Meet General Public: The “Think Tank”
This is a workshop I have conducted just a few times thus far... still definitely a work-in-progress. But I have received very positive feedback from every group I have worked with. Essentially, this workshop can serve the purpose of helping others to use Beehive graphics to tell their own stories, or just simply to understand… Continue reading The Heroes We Are Seeking Stand Within Us
Introduction There is a very long back-story to how I ended up with a teaching gig at a fancy design school in India. But I do not want to bore those of you who already know it, so that story can be told elsewhere. What I am excited to share is the process we… Continue reading “Story-Telling like a Super-Organism” – Srishti Design School, Bangalore
Here it is - the full script, complete with corny jokes and everything. Note that this is significantly different than the presentations we were giving while on tour. Every day was a work in progress, as we were not only learning about the issues and constantly updating the show while we were travelling, but also… Continue reading ROCK BOTTOM in the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction: Complete Script
I hope this helps folks! Its certainly not complete or comprehensive, Id appreciate feedback, especially let me know if there is anything missing. And dont take my advice if if doesnt apply, make your tour whatever you want! ** Please note that you can click on the screenshots to makes them bigger (right click to… Continue reading Tour planning 101
The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Training Team is on the road with "Building the Movement for Mutual Aid" combination story-sharing and participatory workshop! The team had great success with their first stops in Albuquerque and Tucson, and now they are continuing on to 7 locations throughout California. All events listed here. Unfortunately, I had to… Continue reading The Tour Begins!
I had a wonderful week on the shores of Lake Superior, at the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation (A band that has done so much to protect the entire region against destructive metal mining and has stewarded a very special wetland area called the Kakagon Sloughs, which are about 40% of the wetlands around Lake Superior, and… Continue reading Traditional Ways
I got an opportunity to visit communities on the Gulf Coast last month. I am very grateful to the California Allegory Fellowship, which helped make it possible by purchasing a couple extra plane tickets for me – I traveled to the Bay Area by a very circuitous route! After visiting the Earth First! Rendezvous in Ohio and participating… Continue reading Summer Heating Up!
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief's “Building the Movement for Mutual Aid” Training Tour was such an inspiration in Spring 2018! Even though our small team encountered many logistical and organizational challenges, we stuck to it and we succeeded in bringing our innovative curriculum to hundreds of people in many diverse communities - 28 cities in total,… Continue reading So Many Summer Conferences!
Hi friends! Recently I have written a series of essays about the great necessity and powerful potential of the movement for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. If you missed them, here is another chance to read about: *The Need for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief* Reflections on the "many floods" that created the unnatural disaster of Hurricane… Continue reading Links to all Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Essays
The 23rd of October 2017 is a big day for movements of resistance and resilience! Today the indigenous-led coalition Mazaska Talks kicks off their "Divest the Globe" campaign, with world-wide mass actions against the banks that fund pipeline developments and tar sands extraction. These 3 days of action are so important, not only because indigenous… Continue reading The Future of Resistence and Resilience
On this day, we must remember that for some communities, disasters have been unfolding for centuries, depriving people of life and liberty every single day. Indigenous peoples in the Americas have been attacked and oppressed for over 500 years. This continues today. Every day. Indigenous communities in the United States have exceptionally high rates of… Continue reading Resistance is Disaster Relief