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Let me tell you how this book found me.
Two copies were posted to me from Finland by somebody I don’t know, on the request of someone else I met only once in New York in March 2014.
A few weeks after that encounter I moved back to London, and you’d think that would’ve been that.
But we didn’t unfollow each other on social media because take just a little care and then that isn’t necessary. And I had gotten to know his friends online and started supporting their radical media project, $10 a month. I still liked his work. 18 months later I found, quite suddenly, the work of my own.
Life went on. A month or two ago, @inhabit.global crossed my Instagram feed. I recognised something there. I DM’d. A reply. A network of other people - complete strangers - mobilised to share resources. To post books internationally. To meet at Defcon for a conversation.
This is possible.
That’s what this lil book is about. “Imagine a life that reaches past your individual borders. You change the way you move through your environment to intentionally come into contact with others. Fleeting encounters become real relationships. You wander through your neighborhood, stopping by friends’ houses on the way to the cafe. You meet up nightly at the park to work out. You walk each other home. You share each others’ cars. You go camping and learn how to start a fire together. You pool money for a collective rainy day. The idea of private property starts to get blurred. You begin to understand yourselves as something more decisive than a group of friends.” Step one.
It’s ‘Instructions for Autonomy’. Up on http://inhabit.global
Book 25 of 2018. Take a look back at Book 21, ‘Now’ by the Invisible Committee, for more notes along related lines.