Stir It Up
New Work Field Street Collective's New Paradigm
Building up the house.
Published: February 19, 2014
“I’ve trained two people to do leather craft,” he says. “[I] anticipate that when we can purchase more tools and supplies there are two people from the community who want to train with us.”
There is also a retired neighbor who wants to start a landscaping business, not so much to make a profit but to create work for youth in the neighborhood. That’s part of the whole idea, basing enterprises in the neighborhood and having buy-in from the neighbors. Collective members and others expect to have a community garden soon, and they’re working on a renewable-energy project using biomass to generate electricity.
It’s a very down-to-earth response to something that can seem very abstract and beyond your grasp. Talking about the end of work as we know it and new paradigms sometimes doesn’t speak to you where you live. Community gardens, quilts and belts are something you can get your arms and head around.
It can be very basic. Like the way the Field Street residence took shape. “There was a space,” says Anderson. “We had a need and a vision.”
New Work Field Street Collective can be contacted through the group’s Facebook page.
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