For a general introduction to guided imagery. What to expect, different kinds of guided imagery, tips, and principles behind the practice.
a “simple yet powerful, non-invasive strategy” to introduce yourself to guided visualization. You can skip to 1:30 to begin practice. This visualization is to tap within to find guidance, and to listen to your internal wisdom.
The Reproduction of Everyday Life, Fredy Perlman, 1969.
After ‘leaving’ Western Michigan University where he had been letting students run courses and grade themselves, and before moving to Detroit in 1970, Perlman wrote and published this pamphlet with some of his former students.
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber, 2013.
“It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.”
“How can one even begin to speak of dignity in labour when one secretly feels one’s job should not exist?”
Are technological advancements threatening to make human labour redundant across broad swathes of the economy? If so how should we respond politically? Should automation be resisted or should we look for new paths toward a future where the link between labour and flourishing or even survival is severed? Is a Universal Basic Income the way for us all to enjoy the gains made possible by automation?
Anti-Oppression Facilitation Resource Sheet, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance, 2014.
Didn’t get to attend the anti-oppression facilitation training workshop? Looking for some basic skills and best-practices that will help you better communicate in group settings? This is a quick review of some basic principles for good meetings and a review of what facilitation looks like. This is also a very useful reminder for those familiar with facilitated meetings. We’re especially fond of their use of “Move Up, Move Up” rather than “Step Up, Step Back”.
Exhaustion and Exuberance, Jan Voerwort,
A Primer on Universal Basic Income, Dorothy Howard, 2015.
“Universal basic income (UBI) is a social welfare provision and a form of social security that would provide all citizens (unconditionally) with a sufficient income to survive each month.”
Wages Against Housework, Silvia Federici, 1974
A classic feminist text serving as a manifesto of sorts for the International Wages for Housework Campaign. In the demand for a wage, the often uncompensated labor performed by women in the home becomes visible This text and accompanying movements have served as a critique of Marx’s failure to address reproductive labor.
Wages for Facebook, Laurel Ptak, 2014.
This is an adaptation of Federici’s text in light of the digital labor performed increasingly with the rise of social media. Although some might take issue with drawing an equivalence between reproductive labor and the work we do through our social media platforms, the text successfully sheds light at online exploitation and the potential for a refusal of digital work.
The Dialectical Articulations of Party Organization and its Immediate Objectives & Hastening the Passage from Workers’ Autonomy to Workers’ Leadership: The Wage Against Work, Power Against Command, in Workers’ Party Against Work, Antionio Negri, 1973. pp. 88-117.
At this point, Negri is still very much an organizer first and theorist second which you can tell from him saying things like, “we are not going to become Leninists just because we have read Max Weber. Like mafiosi and some reformists, we are simply going to become good organizers who know the reality on which we must act” (83). Here he does a really thorough analysis of Marx & Lenin to understand the power of the ‘party’. This is a great read if you believe that the revolution (rather than the insurrection) will come from the inside. Focus on pages 88-113 in this PDF.
The Abolition of Work, Bob Black, 2009.
An argument against work as a compulsory activity that sustains survival. An argument in favor of a ‘ludic’ life of activities performed as play, conviviality, and art. “An optimal sexual encounter is the paradigm of productive play, The participants potentiate each other’s pleasures, nobody keeps score, and everybody wins. The more you give, the more you get.”
Solidarity Economy: Building Alternatives for People and Planet Edited by Jenna Allard, Carl Davidson, and Julie Matthaei
A great summary of Solidarity Economy Practices. Chapter 6 is recommended.
6. Building a Solidarity Economy from Real World Practices, Ethan Miller and Emily Kawano.
Report on workshop discussions and exercises. Covers why we need a solidarity economy in the wake of neoliberal globalization. Discussion of “stepping stones” or real world examples of existing economic alternative that could pave the way in building a solidarity economy.
These are projects, organizations, and people who we work with and who inspire our work.