Food with Context

The action and logistics of this world accumulate and destroy. Increasingly, Life and Expression are mere inputs. We are in a mighty struggle for meaning against the contempt that is commodification. Our intentions, decisions, and actions are the battleground between humanity and our machines. The economic logics we have created are as ruthless as any robots.

The Future should be Durable

Stefan Schridde studied business administration, and spent 25 years as a project manager. Now he runs the Murks Center. Murks means “botch”, or “bad work”. “Products designed with planned obsolescence don’t meet the needs of the society.” When he started this project, he was accused of lying, but now he is surrounded by the constituent […]

Local Objects exhibit at Gaffa

exhibit: Local Objects . artist: Amory Starr . gallery: Gaffa, 281 Clarence Street . context: Sydney Design Week 2013 . run: 25 July – 5 August. . opening: 25 July 6-8pm ______________________________________________________________________________________ Local economic relationships can transform a commodity into a community through sensual, convivial experiences. The Local Objects exhibit evokes these sensations to trigger […]

Building an artisan economics movement

To build a movement, we need to spread the idea, far beyond the subculture which has nurtured it. We need to translate to older and newer ideas, and expand our way of seeing to recognize resonances and amplify them. As Matthew Crawford points out in Shop Class as Soul Craft, “by the mere fact that they […]

The cognitive riches of artisanship and craft labor

Matthew B. Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. 2009: Penguin Books. If the regard that many people now have for the wider ramifications of their food choices could be brought to our relationships to our own automobiles, it could sustain pockets of mindful labor… [102] This is the book […]

The Integrity Economy

They’re diluting the olive oil with canola to save money. I paid $14 for the feta and now I’m furious. Charge me more, but don’t cut corners.

What kind of economist are you?

This is a story is about falling in love with food. It’s about working for something because it’s beautiful, and hoping the money will be enough to keep doing it – a story that I keep running into while distractedly turning a corner. It’s about a search for meaning in the money, connection in the contract.