Notes on Framework

Whole-Earth-Catalog

For around a century now in the United States, industrialization has encouraged thinking and working with less need to understand a whole system. Media and the marketplace continue to promote a techno-utopian idealization of the future for a collective humanity, a promotion that is either naïve to or specifically benefits economic or political interests.  This promotion continues in the face of every new disaster: as much as we alter our own ability to inhabit the planet, we will always be able to correct the damage with another advance in technology. When I consider fragmentation, whether in learning, attention, or the obscure links within a long supply chain I find myself asking: who has access to the larger picture, and the power that comes with it?

I’m currently studying the potential for micro and macro networks to participate together in interdependent systems of exchange: with each other, with the earth, and with non-humans. The Internet seems the perfect place for this research to land (with its centralized… no its decentralized… technological… no, networked attributes).

This site will comprise itself of short essays, scanned notes, collected and uploaded research. It will be organized using the overarching framework of the 1968 Whole Earth Catalog as a set of overlapping categories:

  • Shelter and Land Use
  • Industry and Craft
  • Communications
  • Community
  • Nomadics
  • Learning
  • Understanding Whole Systems
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