As 2012 (that fatal year in which many are convinced the world will change drastically or possibly come to an end offering all of the 7billion people on earth the possibility of a spiritual awakening) creeps nearer to its midway point, one can’t help but ponder the identifying feature of this supposedly spectacular year. On a recent visit to Spain to see my father the news was awash with one increasingly important catch word CRISIS. News reports on March, 18th 2012 attested to the fact that many children under the age of 10 claim to have heard of LA CRISIS! The economic crisis that has spread across the globe, hitting Europe especially hard, has even become commodified in many instances as ingenuitive entrepreneurs utilize the crisis craze to boost their chances of doing business. Silly adds with catch phrases like ‘Prices to Beat the Crisis’ scatter the subway systems of most European capitals. For those young people, myself included, who began our professional careers within the last 5 years as the crisis was just beginning to transform into a household name, the prospects are every day more bleak.
When I moved to London nearly 2 years ago it was with the intention of taking the necessary steps to get a better more satisfying job. I assumed that going to study my M.A at one of the best universities on the continent and searching for employment in a large international city was the right step to take. Two internships and half a M.A later I began to notice how many young people between the ages of 20-30 are in the exact same position as I am. Another thing I noticed which began to fascinate me more and more was the variety of ways people were putting their talents and creative energy to good use outside of the labour market. As finding self-realization in your job is becoming more and more difficult for the under 30s, people have found a million different ways to challenge the system, contribute to the community, use their skills, make contacts and in general raise very valid questions about why your inalienable creative capacities are only given value and recognition through money.
The Occupy movement worldwide has been the most vocal and most visible in postulating this challenge. The overwhelming amount of books, newspapers, online blogs, tweets, community projects, free schools, urban gardening initiatives, video installations, guerrilla theatre and reading groups, just to name a few, that have sprung up out of the Occupy movement is overwhelming. As the formal economy offers less and less opportunities the grassroots, underground, Do IT Yourself culture has begun to offer more and more, and its economy is booming! That’s why I decided to make another one of these initiatives in a very humble attempt to document it all! This blog is dedicated to all of these projects, social movements and the general creative burst that is springing up and spreading out across the globe. Its also dedicated to all the alternative ways of living and consuming that people are experimenting with more every day.
Is the economic crisis just what 2012 needed to make the promise of transformation and awakening a reality? Maybe so!