Research dump (July 21)

By 31st July 2021 Creative Practice

I’m beginning to lose track of all the interesting and relevant leads that I want to read around – a lot of them are appearing from different sources at the same time, or coming in at the right time (synchromysticism?). I’m going to collate them all here, learning about them more as I list them, so I can revisit easier. Also, thought it would be helpful to others exploring similar paths.

These avenues of interest have mostly been collected from the FuturesVentures AfterArt training, online workshops with various organisations, and reading. Italics are to remind me why that person / idea is relevant to where I’m going, or what I’m thinking.


People and Practices


Starhawk: author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. Permaculture. Environment. Activism. Magick. Ritual. Community. Gaia.

Eduardo Galeano: Uruguayan left journalist and writer, told the story of Latin America. Open Veins of Latin America and Memory of Fire. Activism. Storytelling. Politics. Truth to power.

Rebecca Solnit: writer, historian, activist; feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster. Best known for writing Hope in the Dark. Social change. Truth. Hope.

Allan Kaprow: Performance artist and theorist, known for “happenings”. Art as community. Ritual. Experience.

Toni Cade Bambara: Civil rights activist. “The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible”. Activism. Truth to power. Storytelling.

Suzanne Lacey: artist and activist. Artivism. Storytelling. Social change.

David Abram: philosopher who bridges phenomenology with ecology. Animism. Environment. Eco-psychology. “more-than-human”. “Deep Time Walk”. Gaia.

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Indigenous author, scientist, professor best known for ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’. Environment. Animism. Gaia. Ki/Kin.

Silvia Federici: author of Caliban and the Witch, a historical telling of how womens bodies (and racial division) were used as the vehicle from feudalism to Capitalism, diminishing folk/tradition/sacred feminine in the process. Historical backdrop. Feminism. Truth to Power. Storytelling.

Lyla June Johnson: Indigenous musician, poet and activist. Spirit. Environment. Activism. Reconnection to Earth.

John Dennis Liu: Film-maker, researcher and ecologist. Regeneration. Environment.

Robert A. Arrucha: Humanity Development Goals (a. a life of purpose, b. healthy relationships with others, c. a respectful relationship with nature)




Stockholm Resilience Centre: Centre for sustainability science. Resources. Science.

Earth Treasure Vase Initiative: Sending healing and protection to the Earth. Ritual. Making. Community. Gaia. (David Nichol): Subtle Activism network. Gaia. Ritual. Magick. Spirit. Environment.

Unify: Global meditations and social impact campaigns. Social change. Ritual. Community.

The City Repair Project: artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. Social change. Placemaking. Community. Permaculture. Making.




Shambala Warriors

Regenerative Landscape Management



Kemitism (needs based economy)

Council Ways

Constructive Programme (NVDA)

Parallel Institutions

Five stage revolutionary movement framework (George Lakey)


Useful tools and resources

Culture Magic definitions

Mass Movement Manual

Training for Change tools


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