Sep 152017
 

An #autumn #landscape with a #future piece of #technology. .. #art #artworks #painting #acrylic #ink #canvas #Artwork #linandaras_art #nonrectangular #fall #wales #Newtownpowys #britain

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Sep 142017
 

#connect and look forwards https://snaptee.co/t/z3wyk #tshirt with a #communication #tower, #green, #yellow #orange #tech #technology #mobile #mast #art #artwork #print #linandaras_art (at Newtown (Powys) railway station)

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May 292017
 

A #tower, a #cloud and a #forest phone #sketch #sketching #scifi #fantasy #space #technology #architecture #digitalart #snow #spaceships #linandaras_art #evening #morning (at Linandara art & craft)

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Oct 042016
 

Here’s my contribution to the debate

Many small scale experiments for a more resilient future

Now that we have an opportunity to rethink the future of agriculture, land management and the life of rural communities in Wales, let people to experiment and to find out what will work. There is no need to play havoc with all of the rural economy at once but please allow innovation and initiative on a small scale, as long as there is no clear and obvious risk to people, animals and the environment. There must be people willing to experiment, creating all sorts of new businesses, eco-villages, homesteads and seasteads, various intentional communities. Give them a good fighting chance then take evidence-based decisions, not affected by fads or overrated opinions of the most vocal of lobbies. Even then, no government should ever place all eggs in the same basket (be this sheep farming or timber). Diversity in business models and lifestyles improves the resilience of any economy just like biodiversity helps ecosystems to survive changes and hard times.

Why the contribution is important

Presently there are lots of things going wrong with our lives. Our towns are surrounded by countryside but people may feel very distant from it. The farmland creates backdrop to their lives but is inaccessible due to lack of footpaths, public transport and human connection to the farming community, lack of internet – and lack of interest too. This is not a healthy relationship. The people are suffering, stuck to cities and towns with ridiculously small gardens and manicured parks. People need real nature and countryside for mental and physical health. People need fresh quality food, need connection to the land and to the community. So, we need our intelligence to develop a way of living in harmony with nature, surrounded by nature everywhere where we are. I am thinking in the direction of sustainable small scale farming, food forests, “garden cities”, decentralisation, edible landscapes, living roofs and walls, passive houses, forest farming, green burial sites, silvopasture, permaculture, aquaponics, real community gardens serving real communities, etc. – whatever works. I believe human activity and flourishing could be conducted within a healthy ecosystem made of us, our stuff, wide variety of plants and animals.

I am an artist and a geographer interested in creating a prototype semi-rural intentional community (an eco-village, an eco-block or an eco-neighborhood), an ongoing experiment for a better way of living, more sufficient and efficient, closer to Nature, working with the help from newest technology. An open lab of an honest, creative and compassionate life, strong friendly community, better health and well-being. Doing research into reintroducing wildlife, into more efficient food production and waste recycling systems, into automation, working on the new ways to get energy, new building methods, new educational systems, restoring useful agricultural and building practices from the past, and so on. People of various interests and abilities creating better lives for themselves, their friends, neighbours and families, ultimately, for the whole Earth. In the world obsessed with divisions this should be a place of honest enquiry, free of prejudices and any party rhetoric.

What we need is relaxing of planing permissions and other regulations for experimental / alternative communities, eco-villages, or self-built houses; we need land and we need grants. It is vitally important that public money won’t go to some smoke screen / green wash projects for clever bureaucrats but to real people building real future. There also should not be any exploitation of vulnerable and gullible “volunteers”, like in some modern social enterprises. People who will be living and working in those future communities are also the best candidates for building them.

The wast green spaces of Wales are treasures. We have a chance to make them also different to all other rural parts of the world in being a magnet for innovation and future-friendly experiment, brain-and skill- gain rather than drain, place for openness and cooperation, honest work for common good.

If you are interested in participating, please join the New Good Town project athttp://goodnewtown.uk/ and our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/goodnewtown/

by AlexandraCook on October 04, 2016 at 11:27AM

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Nov 072015
 

if we fail to enlarge the possibilities for other people we diminish them, and that is unforgivable. Enlarging the scope of creativity for others, then, is an obligation. We enlarge others by enlarging the possibilities of the technium – by developing more technology and more convivial expressions of it. (..) can you imagine how poor our world would be if Bach had been born 1,000 years before the Flemish invented the technology of the harpsichord? Or if Mozart had preceded the technologies of piano and symphony? How vacant our collective imaginations would be if Vincent can Gogh had arrived 5,000 years before we invented cheap oil paint?

Kevin Kelly

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Feb 012015
 

It is noble to dream of a better future for the humanity. It is not so to try to impose your version of “paradise” on everybody.

To all the people imagining happy future humanity as a bunch of separate primitive villages: it won’t work. Living like that is not just being closer to nature. It is also hight child mortality, tribal warfare, superstitions and ignorance, women’s inequality, inability to spread a good idea between many people who deserve to know.

We are explorers. Consumerism is a dark side of this plus ancestrial fear of going back to a mud hut.

Even if some well meaning luddite like Mark Boyle or (more likely) a global disaster managed to kill the civilization for a generation or two, new people would be born who lead people out of mud huts. And people will gladly follow.

We need better, close relationships with people around us. Maybe lets all live in intentional communities, some in mud huts, some in futuristic floating cities or whatever we fancy. One size hut doesn’t fit all. We need better technology, not the absence of it, so we can preserve and reconstruct wilderness around us and enjoy it without fear of being pinned by a spear or starving to death. We need to follow our explorer spirit which would eventually lead us to the stars. To the greatest wilderness of all.

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Feb 012015
 

It is noble to dream of a better future for the humanity. It is not so to try to impose your version of “paradise” on everybody.

To all the people imagining happy future humanity as a bunch of separate primitive villages: it won’t work. Living like that is not just being closer to nature. It is also hight child mortality, tribal warfare, superstitions and ignorance, women’s inequality, inability to spread a good idea between many people who deserve to know.

We are explorers. Consumerism is a dark side of this plus ancestrial fear of going back to a mud hut.

Even if some well meaning luddite like Mark Boyle or (more likely) a global disaster managed to kill the civilization for a generation or two, new people would be born who lead people out of mud huts. And people will gladly follow.

We need better, close relationships with people around us. Maybe lets all live in intentional communities, some in mud huts, some in futuristic floating cities or whatever we fancy. One size hut doesn’t fit all. We need better technology, not the absence of it, so we can preserve and reconstruct wilderness around us and enjoy it without fear of being pinned by a spear or starving to death. We need to follow our explorer spirit which would eventually lead us to the stars. To the greatest wilderness of all.

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Jan 302015
 

Alexandra Cook‘s review Jan 30, 15 · edit
3 of 5 starsbookshelves: currently-reading

While breaking of communities is rightly a huge problem, ditching all advanced technology would be a crime. Tell everybody who’s relatives were saved by our advanced medicine that their loved ones have to die because it is better to live like “noble savages”. And the only way to save Earth from an extinction caused by a future asteroid impact would be our advanced technology.

I think the industrial phase is necessary in the development of any intelligent species. Destroy humans, elephants will do it, or something like that. We can’t go back. It is a spiral, not a circle. What we need is realistic solutions for the new era. And more tightly knit interdependent communities could be an important part of the solution.

Only the civilization can spread somebody’s message all over the globe. Ditch it, and so much goodness will be gone unnoticed… 

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Jan 302015
 

Alexandra Cook’s review Jan 30, 15 · edit
3 of 5 starsbookshelves: currently-reading

While breaking of communities is rightly a huge problem, ditching all advanced technology would be a crime. Tell everybody who’s relatives were saved by our advanced medicine that their loved ones have to die because it is better to live like “noble savages”. And the only way to save Earth from an extinction caused by a future asteroid impact would be our advanced technology.

I think the industrial phase is necessary in the development of any intelligent species. Destroy humans, elephants will do it, or something like that. We can’t go back. It is a spiral, not a circle. What we need is realistic solutions for the new era. And more tightly knit interdependent communities could be an important part of the solution.

Only the civilization can spread somebody’s message all over the globe. Ditch it, and so much goodness will be gone unnoticed… 

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Sep 192014
 

#machines … #steamengine #engine #vintage #technology #victorian #museum #metal #linandara_retro #linandara_stillife

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Sep 192014
 

#machines … #steamengine #engine #vintage #technology #victorian #museum #metal #linandara_retro #linandara_stillife

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