Circular

Sharon Stein created an exercise called “CIRCULAR” (first published in this article) that identifies eight expected intellectual, affective and performative dispositional patterns that modernity has imprinted in our unconscious and that it rewards. These patterns may prevent us from sensing, relating and imagining otherwise, but since they are perceived as normal and natural, there is …

The gifts of failure

We chose the word “gesture” for the title of our collective to underscore the fact that decolonization is impossible when our livelihoods are underwritten by colonial violence and unsustainability. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, our health systems and social security, and the technologies that allow us to write about this are all …

Cartographies of Aging

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The Cartographies of Aging have been created and are being stewarded by Jocelyn Yerxa (NS GovLab), Steeven Pedneault (PRÉSÂGES), Mo Drescher (Brave Space), and Rachel Derrah (Brave Space).  Our group has been working with the methodologies and practices of the GTDF collective for a couple of years and in January, we took a deeper dive …

The (shit) storm categories

The metaphor of the “storm” and the accompanying social cartography of (shit) storm categories seeks to capture the multiple, converging crises that we collectively face, but that we experience in highly uneven ways. The storm is more than just a temporary crisis that can be managed with existing tools and strategies. While there is an …

Mapping Indigenous Engagements

The social cartographies below (that are still work in progress) show two iterations of our attempts to map problematic (i.e. extractive and instrumentalizing) aspects of engagements with Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing and being, and to articulate, in the "Towards Braiding" possibility, the commitments and dispositions that would be necessary to create the conditions …

The Haruko Accord

Who is Haruko? This accord was developed by Haruko Okano as part of the Thread Artist Residency (funded by the Musagetes Foundation), in collaboration with the GTDF collective. Haruko is an established visual and community artist and QiGong practitioner in what is currently known as Canada.  Her accord is the invitation of an elder for …