Over the last few years, with the rise in awareness of food waste and its environmental implications as well as emerging discourses around a “sharing economy”, there has been renewed interest in food sharing practices and particularly the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) can play in extending the spaces and sites in which food sharing can take place.
Lately I’ve been turning to Thoreau–the patron saint of radical simplicity, he of shedding false conveniences and burdensome accumulation in the favor of a life lived amongst the trees.
The foundational industrial and productive, surplus-creating, part of the economy still exists—only now it is mainly out of sight.
We are at the point, now, where we can replace the usual definition of wealth as having lots of money, with a definition based on surplus.
These images represent not only what I lived as a child, they were additionally pounded into the crevices of my being by years simply of living in America, the land of high expectations…