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March 25, 11am EST
University of Antwerp, Belgium

My interview with Emma Moormann, PhD researcher at NeuroEpigenEthics, will highlight creative-collective risk taking. I will challenge Western civilization’s taken-for-granted convenience-culture standard of living and explore social anarchism in the context of daily eco-ethical commitments. I will discuss parenting as the art & science of collaboration: parental practices that counter normative petroleum parenting and how they connect vulnerability and collective action / the personal and the political / the private and public.

Radical Accountability through Creative-Waste Culture asks:
How can we shift our epidemic of individualism from consumer convenience-culture bred entitlement to creative self-accountability that integrates profound, sustainable changes in individual behavior, community action, infrastructural design, corporate accountability, and policy reform? My argument calls for collective action that disrupts ossified superstructures; collective imagination in which each of us co-creates opportunities for public investment in humane infrastructures in which human rights and ecological resilience is implicit in every social system. Countering the normalcies of consumer convenience-culture, I will offer an invitation to embody reciprocal, rhizomatic interrelationships: the personal is political as the political is personal. Parenting can be a daily commitment to anarchist, collective responsibility. Living my parental environmental ethics as an antidote to petroleum parenting (what I identify as market-driven choices parents make that overwhelmingly contribute to both environmental destruction and body-phobic institutional practices) involves not only my practice of decolonizing economies, it is at the core of the private-public, personal-political interface—the private as it seeps into and reshapes the public. Instead of ignoring other peoples’ exploited labor as a resource, we can establish infrastructures that support our local communities—where economies and ecologies can co-evolve rather than be in competition or opposition. Both the words economic and ecology derive from the Greek oikos, meaning home. Collaborating across cultural, economic, and ethnic differences, oikos can become a model for interdependency that generates community, cultural diversity, and biodiversity for ethical everyday living. A radical paradigm shift that embodies ecological civilization can only take root if we embrace our individual vulnerability and support one another collectively. The individual must function as collective change.


See the Programme for Saturday→

See also  NeuroEpigenEthics→