Suggestions for using:

GET OUT THERE:

  1. Walk your campus – look down, stop, and get down into the plants.
  2. Identify & track: plants, animals, interactions, & patterns (there is a brief foraging guide on this site and there are books in the kitchen to help you. Also there are many great books, apps and web sites – sleuth around.)
  3. Forage: join with plants, animals, insects, fungi, & bacteria, via foraging, hunting & eating.
  4. Cook and share with others
  5. Tell others about it. write up a recipe or notes (put on chalkboards, add to web, make a zine)
  6. Become every day more and more directly dependent on other species. Fold into the food systems around you.
  7. Generalize the practice of foraging to all aspects of your life
  8. Use processes, forces and capacities of abundance.
  9. Work via consensus, & generosity.

MAKE THINGS COMMON:

  1. Refuse forms of scarcity, privatization, and enclosure - all those professional monopolies over everyday life: building, growing, health, work, military and education.
  2. Shift from having to doing: HAVING: Our everyday lives are primarily focused on resources, individuals, & needs. This shapes our engagements into questions of having (ownership & rights). Solutions appear as things to have: commodities, knowledge, or services. This is part of an individualistic entrepreneur-consumer outlook, which fosters decreased cooperation, trust & accountability in all of us.
  3. DOING: We wish to foster the realization that we are actively of a world (doing). We’re already engaged with dynamic fields & processes. As you fuse your health with the dandelions, you become focused on making and unmaking patterns, networks, assemblages, and communities. In moving from having to a worldly doing we actively make things common.
  4. Be on the lookout – commons/abundance practices are opportunistic
  5. Make an opportunistic household/environment - carry tools – guide, bag, small knife; keep handy: tarp, bags; learn how to dry, ferment, can, etc.
  6. Give away what you cannot use
  7. Share where and when things can be found
  8. Actively refuse pre-existing boundaries - begin with yourself.
  9. Refuse envisioning things as resources.
  10. Avoid the ideological mindset of scarcity. Organize via plentitude - remember those pesky weeds.
  11. Teach others and learn from others.
  12. Eating a Dandelion will help flourishing. Let discoveries & curiosity lead.
  13. Follow what you eat into new engagements.
  14. Become dependent. Make a fermented cider using your saliva & local fruit.
  15. Give those who assemble a voice - bats, bees, bacteria….
  16. What new processes, qualities & capacities emerge via these joinings? Try water + flour + your house = yeast = bread = gift
  17. Make new tools to dig, to cook, to share, to transplant, to co-produce with insects…
  18. Use tools to activate and stabilize new qualities/possibilities.

MAKE YOUR OWN PROJECT:

  1. Develop a Project that takes these ideas [link to further:
  2. Clear heavy metals with lambsquarter? Remove parking lots with knotweed? A monthly block dinner?
  3. Follow & change as the project changes & changes you.
  4. Test & be generous. Take delight in other’s projects – collaborate.
  5. Get multi-species feedback.
  6. If it does not work? Celebrate & re-entangle.
  7. Work directly with the others who are already working - with you.
  8. Develop a new language.

AS A COMMONS EMERGES:

  1. Take into account what is emerging across these sidewalk network meetings.
  2. Co-evolve intra-activly across meetings.
  3. Work for & from these emergent relations.
  4. Test & reinforce ways to hold these in common.
  5. Sense the agency of your messy evolving sidewalk system, give it voice.
  6. Celebrate often.
  7. Don’t short circuit what’s emerging by defaulting to having.
  8. Commons emerging = unfamiliar evolving boundaries (see note).
  9. Commoning: working within an emergent set of tolerances & evolving as a relational system.
  10. Become intra-dependent upon what emerges. Eating urban Geese could begin this.
  11. Sense and respect the dynamics of the common’s abilities/boundaries.
  12. Develop the common’s ability to shift through multiple states.
  13. Collaboration & reciprocity = emergent agents evolve ways to live of a set of relations.
  14. Multiply & celebrate different possibilities.
  15. Respect, & test the limits of your commoning processes.
  16. Develop a system of reciprocity relationality =the agents of the collective are accountable.
  17. Transform governance to recognize your commoning.
  18. Co-evolve with other emerging commons.
  19. Keep eating into a transforming with and of the multi-species commons!