Not Culture War, But Class War… or better yet, Anti-War

I wrote this piece at the behest of the org Community Rights US. It speaks for itself, so please do give it a read. Thanks! - tyler. Today, we find ourselves mired in a so-called “Culture War,” a post-modern pissing contest with no winners, only bruised egos sinking further into a swamp of resentment. But… Continue reading Not Culture War, But Class War… or better yet, Anti-War

Facilitators’ Guide for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: “Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness”

Oops, looks like I forgot to publish this post... ages ago, but here it is now, with a few updates too. The Facilitator's Guide for our full-day workshop about "Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness" can be found on the MUTUAL AID RESOURCES page of the Mutual Aid Disaster Relief website. Since the beginning of the… Continue reading Facilitators’ Guide for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: “Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness”

Water is Life! Collaborative Youth Mural

a group of 10 students participated in the collaborative ideation process that envisioned this powerful story of historical colonization, current water mismanagement and pollution, and the next generations renewal of life-loving and water-protecting values that will reshape a more sustainable future. over 70 students worked together to finish the mural! story-telling and historical context on… Continue reading Water is Life! Collaborative Youth Mural

Ideation with California Allegory Youth Fellowship

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

Collaborative Art in Public School

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

Cross-Pollinating Ideas – “Graphics for the Commons”

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”

Profiteers and Predators: Creating and Capitalizing on Climate Crisis

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

ORGANIZING FOR POWER: Capacity-Building & Strategic Escalation

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

Beehive Process, Meet General Public: The “Think Tank”

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”

The Heroes We Are Seeking Stand Within Us

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

“Story-Telling like a Super-Organism” – Srishti Design School, Bangalore

  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

ROCK BOTTOM in the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction: Complete Script

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

Call to Action – Stop Line 3

CRUS Director Tyler Norman visited a blockade camp in Northern Minnesota. Corporate criminals at Enbridge are currently building “Line 3,” a pipeline which would carry nearly 1 million gallons/day of a partially-refined oil-like product from the world’s most destructive and inefficient source of petroleum in Alberta, Canada… pumped 1,100 miles across precious Northwoods wetlands, sacred… Continue reading Call to Action – Stop Line 3

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

This is an important moment for everyone in the US to recognize the value of indigenous lifeways, traditional ecological knowledge, and spirituality centered in connection and care. The ancient wisdom held by indigenous peoples around the world is exactly what we need to counteract our unrooted global civilization’s trend toward separation and fear, apathy and… Continue reading Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

Greetings from the Apocalypse: a message of gratitude and hope from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

Diverse species participating in community organizing, nestled in the root ball of a dead fallen tree. Our work includes mourning, singing, listening, caring, mutual aid and community defense. "For the Long Haul" by Beehive Collective - beehivecollective.org Oct 1, 2020 [NOTE: I wrote this in October, for Earth First! Journal 40th anniversary edition... now I'm… Continue reading Greetings from the Apocalypse: a message of gratitude and hope from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

Lightning

momentary muse, set loose from the stormlandscape lit by electric emotiondancing away but ever returningspirals profound grasp heavenspill glimmers of it here on earthbefore diving again into rocky darknessever returning, ever revolving, ever leaping and falling...untraceable, unpredictable, yet abiding and resoluteembracing rain & soil & sky just for an instantbut always present, latent, existent in… Continue reading Lightning