Haystakt : “Does this necessarily correlate to being made by hand?”
I think it’s regressive to insist that everything should be made entirely by hand by one individual. We can’t turn back the clock and ignore the presence of machines and tools and multiple suppliers. So for us, the concept of craftsmanship is about 3 qualities:
- a dedication to understanding, working with, and transforming the material you have chosen to use
- the connections between a pair of skilled hands, a sharp mind, and a warm heart, i.e. good ol’ passion
- a process and outcome from which you can tell the maker’s personality and attitude to life.
I should come up with some original content to the website and then generate some income from ads on there.
This income would then fund the next issue of the DIY zine.
Sounds like a plan to me.
What’s next, DIY Lifestyle?
Today a colleague of mine and I were discussing the difference between dreams and goals. We end up googling it and this was what “dreams” can be defined as:
"Dreams can be anything. They don’t have to have a timeline or even really be achievable. They’re sometimes not realistic either, like a fantasy."
Goals, on the other hand, is something more tangible that can be achieved in the foreseeable near future.
This made me ponder, is this DIY project of mine a goal or a dream? I think it’s time for me to work on this consistently. This is no longer a school project, I got to make this real now.
This is my vision for DIY Lifestyle as a project:
- I want to organise events and have actual volunteers.
- Start a sustainable community, with regular activities. Perhaps by having a community garden.
- Become a sustainable social enterprise, eventually.
- Make my city and my environment a more pleasant place to live in and dream in.
Follow the Frog (by rainforestalliance)
Interesting video offering a different perspective about how to be a true environmentalist – being conscious in your daily choices.
The Story of Solutions (by storyofstuffproject)
Annie Leonard has a good point – whenever trying to redesign solutions to a social problem, refer to GOAL.
G: Give people more power.
O: Open people’s eyes to the truth of happiness.
A: Account for all the costs.
L: Lessen the wealth gap.
A project that is sustainable, democratic, and equitable can be more effective in bringing about positive change in our community and society.