You might benefit from spending some time wwoofing!
“WWOOF UK is a membership charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience in the UK. WWOOF UK was founded by Sue Coppard in 1971 – she is still active with us today.“
With the help and encouragement of some good friends I was recently able to go for my first time wwoofing and I strongly recommend it, as; a cure for burnout, a break from capitalism (while building post-capitalism) and possibly a solid lifestyle choice which could change the world for the better without the need for pitchforks…well without the need for repurposing pitchforks…if you get me?
I was offgrid and virtually offline for a fortnight’s healthy eating and gentle, meaningful exercise and I feel SO much better for it, physically and psychologically. Using the pitchforks for their original purpose is much more satisfying than the prospect of upturning them!
After livestreaming with Love Activists Brighton at the Housing and New Homes Committee meeting, I finally got around to filming a few of Brighton’s empty buildings, from halfway down North St to the top of St James St.
There were 16 visibly empty buildings in that short route – some long time derelict, some being refurbished.
I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, as it’s so blatant and deplorable a juxtaposition, when so many people are sleeping in the doorways of shops which have been covered in steel.
The people who are responsible for these spaces actually employ round the clock private security to protect their investments from people desperately in need of shelter.
This investment could be transferred to a homeless person as a 24-7 live-in property guardian, with a mutually vested interest in maintaining and improving the property, rather than protecting it while it rots and people die in their doorways.
Needless to say, there were also several people bedding down for a night sleeping rough in shop doorways and/or begging and/or in need of medical assistance from our massively overburdened, undervalued and underfunded NHS.
I’m hoping to crowdfund a modest budget to seek out, experience and document postcapitalism in the UK.
I plan to blog and vlog, filming and writing about my expedition(s), while broadcasting regular livestreams.
I plan to produce either a one-off documentary, or possibly a short series depending on the results.
I will be accompanied by Ree Melody of Love Activists Brighton who will be co-presenting with me. I have previously documented the Love Activists’ popular street kitchen in Brighton. Love Activism is arguably another example of post-capitalism in action in the UK.
Background: What is postcapitalism?
“According to some Classical Marxist and some social evolutionary theories, post-capitalist society may come about as a result of spontaneous evolution as capitalism becomes obsolete. Others propose models to intentionally replace capitalism”. – Wikipedia
Prominent British economics journalist, Paul Mason believes that organisations like wikipedia symbolise a world on the verge (or in the middle) of a revolution. Many economists agree that the economic system has become desperately dysfunctional: inequality is growing, climate change is accelerating and virtually everybody is righteously angry as hell about it.