Recently I (Kelly) presented some of the findings from this project in a few academic settings. At Jahingirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh I presented on the project as a whole. At the New Zealand and Australian joint geography conference at Auckland University, Stephen Healy, Gradon Diprose and pondered whether the ‘commons’ of Cultivate could produce ‘commoners’ and more generally, carers for the planet even as the experience (and indeed the tenure of the land!) might be temporary or transitional. This week, I presented at the Royal Society of New Zealand on whether the ‘commons’ could produce planet-caring people, where care is not a fuzzy feeling but an activity that includes “everything that we do to maintain, continue, and repair our ‘world’ so that we can live in it as well as possible” (to quote scholar of care, Joan Tronto).
In the interviews we did with interns, staff and volunteers at Cultivate, we can definitely see this kind of active care work being done in the physical sense (actively caring for the land and space and bodies) and also the emotional sense (actively caring for the minds and hearts of those present), trying to enable both humans and non-humans to ‘live as well as possible’.
We look forward to sharing more of our results as we move on in this project. We plan to have a reunion lunch and workshop in September for previous interns and staff to come together and hear a bit about what we have found, and to contribute their own thoughts on how things have gone in recent times and how they might go in future times.
Noho ora mai