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The aim of this project is to explore a broad application of sustainability, beyond the conventional discourse with money and energy. It is inspired by an interest in creativity and self-organisation and what it is that sustains a community, relationship or activity.
  
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There is a moral interest in the relationship between growth and efficiency. Those who speak of growth often talk about more effective use of resources. In what sense are resources 'available' for use or consumption.
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The discourse of sustainability is focused on the consideration of the movement of resources. There is no depletion of resources as such but a 'liquidity' subject to agency. To 'consume' is the capacity to cause an effect and through action redirect resources. From this perspective the limits of sustainability are governed by the ability or inclination to track this movement of resources efficiently and to quantify their potential. In the productive sense measurement is directed toward a given aim and fails to record so-called 'externalities', or irrelevant effects, and certainly many inputs fall outside the audit process.
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The Creative Industries are notoriously bad at this.
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Individuals and ecologies that are considered sustainable must at some level accept a degree of interdependence and interact.
  
  

Revision as of 23:31, 27 October 2008

Coordinated by Neil Cummings

Working Group Cinzia Cremona, Trevor Giles and


Sustainability

Grew from our Big Ideas brainstorming, and we initially discussed these topics

  1. Is art reproduced through a competitive market sustainable?
  2. How can art be subject to the discourses of sustainability?

energy, resources, materials, but also things like generosity and volunteering

  1. How can we/do we sustain best practices?
  2. How to sustain the activity that makes Critical Practice what it is - a reflexive structure for collaboration?
  3. Should we strive to maintain Critical Practice, if it's based on 'free' work?
  4. Self-organising groups tend to run on generosity and good will, often leading to exhaustion and 'burn-out'. The question is, how can self-organising groups take responsibility for the things that sustain them?

Our interest in sustainability resonates with other themes and ideas within Critical Practice like Wellbeing, A Market of ... it also links to an emergent interest in Care of the Self and a biology of collaboration.


A Mission Statement

This is intended to illuminate potential partners as to the who? what? where? why? how?

The term is much used and abused, what definition do we offer, or what do we mean by 'Sustainability'?
Hmmm...
avoiding a negative impact? Stability - a desire for stasis? This is perhaps a somewhat naiive and Conservative ambition, almost suburban/Daily Mail in its values. Maintenance of change - a desire to manage something chaotic (in the scientific sense) and unmanageable?


The aim of this project is to explore a broad application of sustainability, beyond the conventional discourse with money and energy. It is inspired by an interest in creativity and self-organisation and what it is that sustains a community, relationship or activity.

There is a moral interest in the relationship between growth and efficiency. Those who speak of growth often talk about more effective use of resources. In what sense are resources 'available' for use or consumption.

The discourse of sustainability is focused on the consideration of the movement of resources. There is no depletion of resources as such but a 'liquidity' subject to agency. To 'consume' is the capacity to cause an effect and through action redirect resources. From this perspective the limits of sustainability are governed by the ability or inclination to track this movement of resources efficiently and to quantify their potential. In the productive sense measurement is directed toward a given aim and fails to record so-called 'externalities', or irrelevant effects, and certainly many inputs fall outside the audit process. The Creative Industries are notoriously bad at this.

Individuals and ecologies that are considered sustainable must at some level accept a degree of interdependence and interact.







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pending actions

  • Write a 'Mission Statement'
  • Think about possible partners

See minutes from previous meetings


Next Meeting

Thursday 30th October, 5pm–8ish

  • Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, to review the developing Sustainability 'mission statement' and 'what next?'.
    Need directions?