On this page…

  1. Remus To Romulus, i.e. Rom
    1. 1.1  Hidden Cities To Discover, Create, and Share
    2. 1.2  Sweet Water Academy
  2. We’re In The Same Boat
    1. 2.1  by Susie & Harvey
  3. America, “Land of Opportunity”
    1. 3.1  by Evelyn Terry
    2. 3.2  Celebrating Good: Rebirthing 53206
  4. Radical Homemaking: My New Beginning
    1. 4.1  by Valerie Fieber
  5. A Prayer For Boomer Bussing
  6. Chants Of Poet’s Prayers
  7. Emmanuel Pratt and Teams ABCD “There Grows The Neighborhood” “Waste To Resources” Regenerative Placemaking Manifesting in Museums Conceived as The Citizens’ Commons
    1. 7.1  Solutionary Praxis “Living Art” at 5 Major Chicago Art Galleries 2014-15. Big Apple and Bay MoMAs Next?
  8. Faith, Food, and The Future
    1. 8.1  Chicago and Milwaukee Sweet Water Aquaponics At School of Art Institute of Chicago!
  9. Foreclosed Home Co-ops As Integral Urban Dorms
  10. 5 Years Ago: Michael Pollan Congratulations re NBC Nightly News Report On The Sweet Water Story, i.e. The Farm and the Academy
  11. America Yet Mature Enough For Organic Intellectuals To Unite?
  12. Flying On The Wings Of Grace
  13. SoilMobile To Detroit for Grace Lee Boggs Memorial & Carlos Nielbock Guild Gathering
  14. City of Milwaukee Must Protect and Preserve Public Spaces—Including 4th Street
  15. In Search OF Words For Muneer That Change Worlds
    1. 17.1  Racial Healing At The Soldiers Home
    2. 17.2  Greater Bronzeville Stories
    3. 17.3  Laudato Si
    4. 17.4  Green Diaper Babies
    5. 17.5  Earth Nation Americans
    6. 17.6  Chicago As World City Of Great Lakes Heartland
    7. 17.7  TawnyMonIndustries
    8. 17.8  [[Main/Flow
  16. Rural Arts and Culture Summit Concepts
  17. Earth Nation STEAM+ Networked Centers
    1. 19.1  Vision Organizing For An American Earth Nation
    2. 19.2  Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Golden Triangle Experiment
  18. Pragmatic Utopian Vision For Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Golden Triangle Experiment
  19. Birthday Celebrations for New American Dreams, i.e. Placemaking Birthdays
  20. Viva The Father of the Earth Poets, Jeff Poniewaz
    1. 22.1  Recording of Jeff’s poems as read by Antler at the Earth Poets & Musicians concert dedicated to Jeff, on April 18, at the Coffee House
  21. South Side Chicago Renaissance
  22. Shrinking The Cancer of Stigma
    1. 24.1  Patricia Obletz Mental Health Activist: An Interview
  23. Sky Schultz Quaker House program: “Finding God in Nature, Science, and Mystical Poetry.
  24. Earth Nation Mentschen: The Film
  25. Godsil Reflections On Kenyan Oakland Roboticist Aquapon Farmer Eric Maundu Heart Haus Workshop​
    1. 27.1  Sweet Water Foundation Heart Haus Guest Eric Maundu Workshop On Digital Sensors For Aquaponics Systems
  26. Global Fulbright Community To Advance A Sweet Water Integral Urban Home For Each and Every Neighborhood?
    1. 28.1  Through Life Long Social Learning Networks?
    2. 28.2  Urban Homes As
    3. 28.3  Fulbright International Scholars collaborate with SWF
  27. Artist talk
    1. 29.1  “In the emptiness, I find a visionary”
  28. How About a Traditional St. Patricks Day?
  29. Origami At Timbuktu Rites Of Spring Celebration
    1. 31.1  Previously known as St. Patrick’s Day All City Celebration, March 17, Club Timbuktu, 7 to 9 p.m.
  30. Grandfathers
  31. Sweet Water Heart Haus Integral Urban Home Experiment
    1. 33.1  Lake Effect Listing Friday, March 6, 2015
  32. Social Learning and Production Networks For Gardens of Earthly Delights
    1. 34.1  Sweet Water Foundation’s Jesse Blom, the School of Freshwater Science, UWM Center for Water Policy & UN Global Compact Cities Program Collaboration
  33. Goddess of Wheat Grass and her beautiful boys! Hero quest stories to follow.
  34. Advancing Ecopreneur Badges
  35. Chronicling Connected Learning AQUAPON and Ecopreneur Junior Apprentice Badge Earners Sky Schultz and James Godsil
  36. Emmanuel Pratt and Teen Creative Agency/Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics As Art Installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  37. Walnut Way Founders Cuba Story Beginning Soon
  38. Vamanos A Cuba
  39. Sharing The Sacred Fire of St Patrick’s Brigid’s Timbuktu Celebration
  40. Boomer Younge Connected Learning
  41. The Tomb of the Unknown Poet
  42. Milwaukee and Chicago Public School Students To Lead TupperWare Aquaponics Workshops, Summer 2015?
  43. Godsil Koller Wiki Experiment
  44. Panoramic Of Sweet Water Foundation ASM Roosevelt University Demo.
  45. Godsil Sen Wiki Experiment
  46. A Milwaukee Farming Jubilee!
  47. Introducing #MacArthurGeniusProspect Emmanuel Pratt To Nation’s Top Geography Professors
  48. Bits Atoms Cells
  49. There Grows The Neighborhood
  50. Introducing Ben Koller’s Heart Haus
  51. Within Our Lifetime Network Twitter Town Hall
  52. Emmanuel Pratt Notions
    1. 54.1  Core El Centro Menu For Milwaukee AgroEcology Healthy Living Tours
    2. 54.2  The Story Of a Song Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs’ “The Next American Revolution”
  53. Pink House Benefit
  54. Sharing Images Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs
  55. Earth Dance Farms and An Ignatian Response To The Ferguson Tragedies
  56. Emmanuel Pratt’s Think-Do Aquapaonics Lab Demo for the HIVE
    1. 58.1  Here are the contestants:
  57. Boomer Millennial Old House Transformation Experiment
  58. From Sweet Water To Earth Nation Eco Tours: Centering In Milwaukee Chicago
    1. 60.1  Earth Nation Eco Tours
  59. Introducing Grass Roots American and Chinese Collaboration To Marry Urban Agriculture With Thinker Makers Agile Manufacturing
    1. 61.1  From “Made in China” to “Made With China”
    2. 61.2  Chinese and American Robin Hoods And Virtual Sherwood Forests
    3. 61.3  Core Tenets of Shanzhai Business Model Worthy of American Attention
    4. 61.4  San Francisco Chinese American CEO Highway 1 Accelerator Program
    5. 61.5  The Economist Covering This Development
    6. 61.6  Silvia Lindtner of U. of Cal. Irvine Shanghai Partnership

Remus To Romulus, i.e. Rom

Hidden Cities To Discover, Create, and Share

The basic concept I carried from a series of meetings and gatherings
Has to do with the notion that each neighborhood in a city
Has places that are central to the “spirit” and local society/culture,
That give people a sense of identity, belonging, and meaning.

Quite often those places are hidden to outsiders, but
Were they “given voice” and highlighted in culture products
Could serve as a draw to bringing visitors to purchase,
Work, exchange, and sometimes settle.

I created quite a body of thought and vision around these themes
That I may be able to find someday if you are interested.

Stellar Portals, Globalization, and Action Research

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Sweet Water Academy

Sweet Water, the Farm and the Academy,
Is a museum alive, an evocative destination, and a science lab!

Sweet Water is a high tech, high science,
High craft, high art

Center for safe and delicious food production
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!

Sweet Water is a center for hands on education
For student teacher learners, young and old.

A center for attracting and energizing
Inventors, innovators, enterprisersactive citizens!

Civic minded celebrators!

Transforming our great industrial cities
Into even more inspiring organic cities.

Every city in every country,
In all of earths great civilizations and cultures

Deserves a Sweet Water!

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil.
To be, once again,

Our childrens birthright,
Our elders security.

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A means of harmony and dignity,

For one human race.

We’re In The Same Boat

by Susie & Harvey

We’re in the same boat, Sisters
we’re in the same boat, Brothers
and if we shake one end,
we’re going to rock the other
we’re in the same boat,
Sisters and Brothers.

It’s taking lots and lots of time
for the crew of this boat to learn
that if it’s bad for the bow,
it’s also bad for the stern
we’re in the same boat,
Sisters and Brothers.

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America, “Land of Opportunity”

by Evelyn Terry

Photo by Lee Matz

America, Land of Opportunity,” beckoned and they came. Some were already here. Others slipped in. Some walked in. Some swam in. Some sailed in. Some flew in. Groups of people came after being forced to leave homelands kidnapped or traded. Some came from concentration camps. Others immigrated, being tired and desiring a better life. Some fell in love and came. Some came for a better education. Some came seeking fame and fortune. Many came fleeing religious persecution. Some came after treacherous wars or political strife. Some came from prisons. But they came and are here. The reality is we are all here.

Celebrating Good: Rebirthing 53206

In working on my project, Rebirthing 53206,” my moment by moment thoughts focus on considering what is good about many things around me. Very specifically, I consciously nurture my thoughts, my process and my progress. Rebirthing 53206, strives to rehab my gallery, the Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallery, as a beautiful healthy loving community space that celebrates and shares creativity through artmaking and through artists committed to making art.

This year, monthly, the Terry McCormick Gallery celebrates the two-term election of President Barack Obama, as Americas first Black president. This includes celebrating Women’s History Month by showcasing the work of Blanche Brown, Della Wells and the female portraits drawn by Ras Ammar Nsoroma.

Evelyn will also be discussing Women’s History Month, usher in April as National Poetry month, and share a reading of her poem:

Evelyn Patricia Terry 2016

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Radical Homemaking: My New Beginning

by Valerie Fieber


My body crashed. My gut was wrecked. My hormones were so whacked out that I got myself deep into Adrenal Fatigue, meaning I had serious difficulty lifting my legs and arms off the couch to take care of my 3 kids. I had absolutely zero energy. From eating the Standard American diet for 35 years, having three cesarian sections, and my gallbladder removed, I was now feeling the effects of not taking care of my body. I was told by doctors that I would feel better. But after surgery, I was sicker than I had ever been before. My world turned upside down and I started to see things clearly. It was like a veil was lifted. I realized that everything I had been told by society, the government, my doctors, everyone and everything, was wrong or, in the least, not working for me. I didnt know how to take care of my body, and no one else did either. I took matters into my own hands.

Wheres All The Real Food?
I remember the first time I walked into the grocery store after my veil was lifted. I saw very little REAL FOOD. Much of what I saw was processed, manufactured, and had really long expiration dates. Real food is not processed or made in a facility. Usually it only has one ingredient! An organic apple is a whole, real food. It comes from nature. Apple pie is not a real food. It has been altered with chemicals, preservatives, loaded with sugar, and likely has been made with GMO apples. The next time you grocery shop look at the ratio of real to fake food. There are aisles upon aisles filled with processed food. We even have organic fake foods!

Supermarkets design their floor plans to make us shop and spend money on fake foods. They even give us coupons knowing we will buy it! Companies use words like natural and healthy on their labels which intentionally misleads consumers. They are not defined or regulated properly by our government. Products are even formulated with ingredients that have known addictive qualities. Even real foods have been corrupted! Almost all of the corn we eat is GMO, meaning it is a Genetically Modified Organism. Whether you are eating fresh corn or corn tortilla chips, they are most likely GMO. The more GMO and processed foods we eat, the more chemicals we put into our bodies. Just another way we contribute to our toxic load.

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A Prayer For Boomer Bussing

Testing The Power of New Story Prayers

Like mind jazz, symphonies, and chants

Chants Of Poet’s Prayers

For me a prayer is a mind image with will poised
To help bring about some hoped for future,

With a little help from our friends,
And foundational support from The Friend, as Rumi says it.

Let us pray for more boomers on more busses!
And let the prayer be too a celebration and a party!

A St. Patrick’s Day Party on the Green Line!

Let us pray!

Let us pray that a 2016 St. Pat’s Day Bus Party on the Green Line,
Is a seed from which grows an increasingly mindful and effective
Safe, easy, and economical bus network in Milwaukee.

And to bus means also,

To kiss.

Let us bus Mother Nature by enjoying our buses!
Free in Milwaukee, for those over 65!

And why not transform buses into theaters of knowledge and performance
For the need of it, for the fun of it.

Because we can try.

And Mother Nature approves,

Emmanuel Pratt and Teams ABCD “There Grows The Neighborhood” “Waste To Resources” Regenerative Placemaking Manifesting in Museums Conceived as The Citizens’ Commons

Solutionary Praxis “Living Art” at 5 Major Chicago Art Galleries 2014–15. Big Apple and Bay MoMAs Next?

Will Pratt’s multi-media MoMA performances include a hive of solutunaries across the world sharing their work as bioArt worthy of EB-5 Immigrant Olympian Mentsch Investors of a million in green cash?

Can the nation’s art museums be conceived as the New Commons, for the New Story of Our Stories? Can we imagine th EB-5 Program evolving beyond the bureaucratic, industrial paradigm’s exclusive call for jobs and image the program evolving to the point where it is providing start-up or expanding green dollar capital for networks of “ecopreneurs” operating “chaoridically” in hybrid entgerprise and cooperativist experiments?

EB-5 Cells of 1,000 names?

We’d need some folks assuming the role of Jareslov Vanek’s “Support Corporation” to handle the enormous transaction costs of launching this experiment.

Evolutionary groping and profusions of eco capitalist collaboration experiments, with “spiritual, cultural, and social capital” manifesting the green dollars as needed and appropriate.

Let’s do some local/regional/national/global Skyped Soap Box Moments and have some “dialectical” conversations. How about on the days of the Spring and Autumn Eequinoxes, and the Summer Winter Solstices. March 20, September 22, JUne 21, and December 22?

With the artists, the performers, and the engineer/archictect/ecopreneur bio artists leading the way!

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Faith, Food, and The Future

by Victoria Pratt

Seeds For Change

Its wake up time. Our nation heaves under the weight of complicated, layered crises; wars, a failing economy, economic and racial divides, collapsing infrastructure and urban decay, environmental devastation, soil and air pollution and challenges that affect the source, quality and supply of our foods. The crises are so interrelated and polarizing that it is difficult to know where to begin to affect meaningful change. Perhaps, however, the real challenge involves making a shift in the way we think about change. Should you venture to listen beyond the bitter argumentation inside Washington for example, beyond the deafening rhetoric within city councils and mayoralties, beyond even the overwhelming negativity, fragmentation and divisive national conversations, you will find quite a different scenario unfolding. Critical numbers of people within urban neighborhoods are demonstrating a powerfully creative approach to issues that adversely impact the quality of their lives. The seeds of change are being quietly sown and have already sprouted wondrous roots. At first glance, you may never hear or notice them at work as you drive through the neighborhood. Nevertheless, intergenerational bands of earth warriors, urban farmers, people from diverse backgrounds and cultures are busily engaged in a grass roots movement now comfortably called “The Good Food Revolution”. And far more than good food is being introduced.

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Chicago and Milwaukee Sweet Water Aquaponics At School of Art Institute of Chicago!

This event has a good chance of inspiring an intensification of collaborations among the Olympian Mensch, first, of Chicago and Milwaukee, then, God willing, of Detroit and St. Louis, in its Great Lakes Heartland unfolding.

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Foreclosed Home Co-ops As Integral Urban Dorms

Email to Professor Mark Keane of UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Integral Urban Homes As Dorms of Experiential Learning

Students create wealth via learning projects turning wastes(foreclosed homes and grass lawns) into resources while growing neighborhoods and knowledge fields

  • Urban Ag & Nutrition Consortium
  • UWM Arch/Urb Pl
  • Home GR/OWN
  • Food Council
  • Water Council
  • Interfaith

Hands On Problem Based
Racial and ecological healing
Wealth creating
Global local/town gown

Why not?


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5 Years Ago: Michael Pollan Congratulations re NBC Nightly News Report On The Sweet Water Story, i.e. The Farm and the Academy

It’s been 5 years since “Sweet Water,” i.e. the Sweet Water Organics Farm(SWO)and the Sweet Water Foundation Academy(SWF) was celebrated on NBC nightly news, not long after the WSJ and NYT did the same. When I posted links to the show on a national urban ag collaboration platform I said

Here are links to Brian Williams NBC Feature on Milwaukee’s Sweet Water vision of democratizing aquaponics, starting with vision of Sweet Water Miniature in 50 per cent of Milwaukee schools in the next 10 years.

In those 5 years, under sustained leadership of Pratt and Blom, the SWF has not reached the 50% mark in Milwaukee schools; but enough advance has been made that we just might make the 50% level over the next 5. Alas, the SWO farm could not cover the R&D, electric, and heating bills from the sale of fish and lettuce, closing shop a few years back.

Here’s Michael Pollan’s response: James: congratulations- I’m so happy I got to see it. Seems like you’ve assembled an amazing team.Keep me posted.M​

While I would have preferred he say “Milwaukee has assembled an amazing team.” I am hoping we can proudly share news of 50% of Milwaukee schools with “sweet water miniatures” in 50% of our schools by 2020.

Here’s that NBC clip, featuring both Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation.


Here’s some of Blom in Milwaukee and Pratt in Chicago progress toward the democratizing of aquaponics with a focus on Milwaukee and Chicago schools.



America Yet Mature Enough For Organic Intellectuals To Unite?

Engaged Professors = Organic Intellectuals in 21st Century Information Economy

Engaged artisans = The Same

Engaged Clerks and Servers = The Same

I believe the social role of an intellectual
Who fights the good fight,
Sqy an engaged professor,
Is properly considered for
Theory and practice,
An organic intellectual,
Like Jimmy but also Grace.

We’re in this together.
All hands, says jon powell, on deck!

Why not?



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Flying On The Wings Of Grace

I see Grace’s text as contender for major 21st century manifesto from the USA doing for the ®Evolution what Marx and Engel Manifesto did for the labor movement of the last half of the 19th century.

Grace and her “partners” focused our attention on…

the power of the idea, and the idea of power, organically grown and globally framed; conversation based reflection upon solution experiments re daily issues; growing our souls and changing, evolving, ourselves to change the world and become the leaders we’ve wanted; redeem the soul of America becoming a more mature people; vision organizing for beloved communities shrinking the cancers of militarism, racism, and consumerism; new work outside commodity exchange and job system; ®Evolution toward a higher humanity; pathways found by walking AND theorizing: these are some of my favorite concepts from the Boggs et al dynamic text.

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SoilMobile To Detroit for Grace Lee Boggs Memorial & Carlos Nielbock Guild Gathering

​This by fellow traveler Molly Costello, while artist in residence at Worm Farm Institute.

Rest in Power Grace Lee Boggs!

Introducing Angela Allen, Ryan Schone, Molly Costello, Ben Koller, and Sandy Syburg

So here’s how it looks the day before the maiden regional voyage of Sandy Syburg’s Purple Cow SoilMobile and the 3rd collaboration with Ben Koller’s Heart Haus tours, now called the USbus Culture All Discovery Tours.

Angela Allen—Faculty; Community Natural Resources & Economic Development


Angela Allen, PhD
414–256–463 [email protected]

Ryan Schone—UW Extension Coordinator Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm (MUDF)


Molly Costello—Cofounder Lets Go Chicago & Wormfarm Institute Artist in Residence 2015

As a co-founder of community-based grassroots organization LETS GO Chicago, Molly Costellos work draws heavily on ideas of community, agriculture, and synergy between humans and nature. Working primarily in cut paper and illustration, her pieces combine stark, simple shapes with layered patterns and symbols. During her two-month residency, Costello was a contributor and co-curator of the Wormfarm Institutes fall resident show, Season of Soil.

Ben Koller—Founder Our MECCA and The Heart Haus



Ben’s front left, next to Pratt and Che the dog.

Sandy Syburg—Purple Cow Organics, Oconomowoc Transport



Destination Nielbock Guild Hostel Hamlet
Chicago’s Emmanuel Pratt has woven carpentry training into the South Side Chicago Perry Ave Commons community farm, garden, and Think Do House.

His Sweet Water Foundation is now advancing a collaboration with Detroit’s Carlos Nielbock, metals master, to weave windmills and training into a broader vision.

Come brainstorm with this network!

Carlos Nielbock Windmill


Historic Lamppost restoration


Detroit Clock Tower restoration


Pratt Images




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Mother Grace, inspiring and centering spirit force, delighted to be “re-spirited,” in a circle, as she and Che confided, of Love, at her Boggs Center House, 2nd level commons, hearing and creating the New Story, with reports from Milwaukee and Chicago, re Obama’s 2008 Inaugural, and some of her much loved, self organizing, new work accomplished, and including the birthing moments of the Sweet Water Universe’s Sweet Water Foundation, now centered in Emmanuel Pratt’s Perry Ave Commons projects with a variety of “partners.” Marcia Lee, Yvette D. Murrell, and Tia Richardson and others pictured might add to this story someday. And, methinks in Grace’s terms, “solutionaries” to come!

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City of Milwaukee Must Protect and Preserve Public Spaces—Including 4th Street

There is a major public-asset giveaway at stake in the city’s arena-subsidy package that Milwaukee residents have only a few days to try to prevent. Common Council members must hear from citizens before they vote on September 22. In addition to receiving 30 acres of public land for free from the county and state, the billionaire Milwaukee Bucks owners also are demanding one block of 4th Street to use for a Bucks-controlled commercial plaza. Mayor Barrett and Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux want the council to vacate forever that block for this purpose.

An arena-deal amendment introduced by Ald. Bob Bauman would protect the publics long-term interest by keeping 4th Street open and available for many current and future uses as needed. The provision would retain the citys ownership of North 4th Street (between Highland and Juneau Avenues) instead of ceding control of it to the Bucks.

Irreversibly closing one block of this north-south connector would make the arena complex a dead zone outside of arena events. Dead-ending 4th St. would further cut off Bronzeville from downtown, worsening decades-long urban-renewal follies. It would create a clogging dam to raise the Bucks’ revenue stream by adding an unnecessary traffic barrier.

Talk of making it more “pedestrian-friendly” simply co-opts urban-planning principles by using misleading buzzwords. Most people still get around Milwaukee by car and the Bucks want to thwart traffic on 4th Street to aid their commercial enterprises exclusively. It would also overburden Old World Third Street, a more narrow street where brickwork is already the worse for wear. This area of Westown is a confusing maze of streets dominated by monolithic buildings. An even bigger arena plus a three-story bar mall will not make the district any friendlier. Nor will flooding the hospitality market with an unneeded and highly subsidized entertainment mall that tries to out-compete existing local businesses.

Taxpayers would pay to build this three-acre plaza and the Bucks would reap all revenues from it and pay no taxes—and probably no rent. It’s as if we handed a park to them and said “Use it for whatever you wish, just as long as you don’t post ‘no trespassing’ signs. Of course, they want people to come there—as paying customers for whatever the Bucks decide to peddle.

Ald. Bauman offered an alternative to forever blocking off this downtown thoroughfare as part of this arena-subsidy deal. He said its Urban Planning 101 that cities never give up streets unless its absolutely necessary. The city has options for catering to the Bucks goals on game days and such without vacating a downtown street. That’s how it’s being done in other cities including Indianapolis and Boston.


Jay Walljasper is a leading proponent of preserving the commons and making the most of all types of public spaces, including streets:


Tell Common Council members before September 22nd that we can’t afford to make the concrete Fortress on Fourth even more forbidding. We need to keep Milwaukees streetsand options—open.

Virginia Small

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In Search OF Words For Muneer That Change Worlds

Racial Healing At The Soldiers Home

God willing at 2 pm this Saturday Cleo Pruitt, myself, perhaps Howard and 20 others will recapitulate the 2005 Soldiers Home unveiling of the Teju Bronze Monument to Soldiers of Color in the Rebirth of Freedom vision.

Here are some links to that historic event:



Please consider joining in at Old Main to here and grow the story of racial healing at the Soldiers Home.

This is not an official MPA, NAACP, Rebirth of Freedom, or any other organization.

It’s the manifestation of one of many networked agents and enterprises co-creating some kind of grand alliance to empower the citizens of the Great Lakes Sister Cities of Milwaukee Chicago and Detroit to make, grow, and care for our common and most sacred buildings and grounds.

Any of you or your friends and partners are invited to give voice at Old Main 2 to 2:15 this Saturday, 8/22.

If you wish a place on Sandy Syburg’s Purple Cow bus let me know.

I talked with Matt Cryer at the VA who said Bryan Walker was in charge of navigating any but informal entry to the grounds.
It is possible we may have to look in from afar.​

Howard and I also invite you to join in the creation of a living poem to Save the Soldiers Home, heal us peoples, and heal the planet. Hopefully once a year one or many of our youth might read it alongside Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

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Greater Bronzeville Stories

Growing Souls and Sklls”

The earth nation citizens who have graced the world with the Obama 2008 and Arab Spring 2010 stories have many more stories to grow, make, and imagine. Plese share your Greater Bronzeville story in the noosphere, i.e. the thinking envelope of Earth.

This wiki platform is one place to share. As is your facebook and other digital galaxies for the cultivation and care of your sacred life purposes in Greater Bronzeville.

Laudato Si

Green Diaper Babies

Earth Nation Americans

Critical software, e.g. English language, and hardware, e.g. the internet, are resources for American citizens to pragmatically advance some kind of Earth Nation vision, similar to when the North American colonies of the Crown
began to conceptualize an “American” identity back around the 1700s. The earth community has been growing a new organ
of consciousness, a planetary thinking network, an interlinked system of information and awakening consciousness Father
Teilhard de Chardin named the Noosphere. The noosphere is the Earth’s cerebral cortex, evolving a global net of self-awareness with instant feedback loops, increasingly easy planetary communication, a confluence of self-conscious awakenings. This new resource provides very small groups of people super-empowerment to change their local worlds, and link with other change agents who Walk Out Walk On, drawing upon Margaret Wheatley’s and Deborah Frieze’s new work.

Chicago As World City Of Great Lakes Heartland



Rural Arts and Culture Summit Concepts

Earth Nation STEAM+ Networked Centers

S for science and spirituality

T for technology, teaching, theater

E for engineering, ecology, economics, and entertainment

A for art, agriculture, artisanship, aquaponics, and architecture

M for math, makers, music, and Metis

Vision Organizing For An American Earth Nation

An emergent American Earth Nation is advancing the commingling of all of God’s children and communion of beings.

The Rural Arts Summit, Worm Farm Institute,
Art of the Rural, and Sweet Water Foundation
Constitute vital and highly networked innovation centers…

Perhaps sparking Nobel Prize worthy collaboration experiments, via social learning and production networks
Over the next 30 years…

Where teachers are students, and students are teachers,
Following ABCD algorithms and models,

Asset Based “Chaordic” Development, focusing on
Resources we have, upscaling through evolutionary groping,
Failing fast and often to succeed…

Addressing metabolic and cultural rifts,
Harnessing digital resources in…

Linked airbnbn, school, culture wagon
buses, and innovation centers large and small…

Sparking resourced boomer and
Young(anyone under 50) genius “partnerships”…

Mixing art, science, commerce, and spirituality,
Preparing regions of the heart and mind, of soul,
Where Earth Nation Americans being born.

American earth nation apprentices,
Across borders, boundaries, and waters.

From Earth Nation homes, hostels,
Universities without walls…

Rural and urban Agora,
Permanent and pop up.

Upschooling and deschooling America,
Hands-on working with land, water, air, energy…Life!

Bringing eChoupal and Mitra’s Hole in the Wall pedagogy,
Esalen-like, integral, “door in the wall,” life potential adventures,
To, God willing, 30 years of experiments connecting…

Wormfarm Institute, Rural Arts Summit,
Art of the Rural, and Sweet Water Foundation
Culture Wagon SChool Bus projects across the land…

Co-creating the American Earth Nation Nobel Prize worthy
In time, God willing for my 100th birthday celebration in Milwaukee…

Where the waters gather and people are coming to
Imagine the Universe as the key revelatory text,
To imagine their cultureshed as Holy,
Preparing for the Great Spirit’s descent..

Great spirit ascents…
Our Great Work Projects.

Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Golden Triangle Experiment

South Side Chicago “Partners”

Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago Schools, Museums, and Communities




Photo album of the Perry Ave Community Farm:

Photo Album of SWF General pics:

Milwaukee “Partners”



Reedsberg “Partners”



World “Partners”


Pragmatic Utopian Vision For Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Golden Triangle Experiment

Fields Cultivating Polyglot Youth Teams Acquiring Engineering Artisinal Art and Agrarian Skills Designing and Orchestrating E-enhanced Culture Wagons for Living Museum Centers and Networked Neighborhood Hubs Conveyed By SCool Bus Moments

30 Year Social Learning & Production Networks Advancing Golden Triangle Culture Wagon Ventures With Airbnb Connections, kicked off by harvesting 70th birthday parties for visionary 1% of the Boomers

Birthday Celebrations for New American Dreams, i.e. Placemaking Birthdays

  • boomer young collaboration experiments

  • discovering neighborhoods seeds for self-regeneration, i.e. weary houses into integral urban homes, empty lots into community gardens

  • Cool Buses that cross boundaries and weave associations

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Viva The Father of the Earth Poets, Jeff Poniewaz

Recording of Jeff’s poems as read by Antler at the Earth Poets & Musicians concert dedicated to Jeff, on April 18, at the Coffee House

Bruce J. “Jeff” Poniewaz
1946 - 2015

Poniewaz, Bruce J. “Jeff” Of Riverwest, passed away December 13 age 68 from pneumonia after surviving 9 years with stage-4 kidney/lung cancer with a 6-month-to-live prognosis. Born September 28, 1946, Jeff was a former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee and devoted his life to poetry and eco-activism. Author of Dolphin Learning in the Milky Way, a classic of compelling eco-poems which won a PEN Discovery Award and Ginsberg called “impassioned prescient ecological Whitmanesque/Thoreauvian verve & wit.”

Jeff taught Lit of Eco Vision at UWM for 20 years and in 1997 the MSO and Chorus performed the special “Song of the Rainforest” Concert he brainstormed to raise awareness of the Rainforest. In 2000 he was awarded an Earth Guardian Award at Milwaukee’s Earth Day Celebration. His work appeared in over 70 anthologies including Earth Prayers; Prayers for a 1000 Years; The Soul Unearthed; Burning the Midnight Oil and Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets. In 1988 he founded the Earth Poets & Musicians Group which performed yearly here for 27 years. As Poet Laureate he created an event honoring the Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore in which Indian musicians and dancers participated. Loving partner of former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Antler for almost 50 years. They met as teenage boys at UWM. Jeff backpacked and canoed in wilderness areas with Antler in his younger years and spent many a night around the campfire under the stars. Thanks for being my pal O Jeff! Memorial visitation begins at 11:00 AM, followed by sharing of memories at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 25, at the Feerick Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?pid=174689996#sthash.YLlcp5vc.dpuf

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South Side Chicago Renaissance

This wiki collaboration platform is widening its coverage to include renaissance moments of the Great Lake Heartlands “solutionaries,” as Grace Lee Boggs and Detroit creatives say it. The South Side Chicago Renaissance expression will begin with an interview with Orrin Williams, a storied young elder and founder of the Center for Urban Transformations(CUT), and key partner with Emmanuel Pratt’s Sweet Water Foundation teams.

Renaissance. You have often been referred to as the Buddha of the South Side Renaissance. Might you share your thoughts as to how that came to be?

Williams. It’s an interesting question given that you and Emmanuel are the only people that reefer to me as that. I treasure the reference though as it speaks to several things. I find it to be difficult for most Americans to contextualize what it means when people identify as Buddhists. Of the people I know you and Emmanuel are two people (there are others to be sure in my network) are able to contextualize and make the connection. That is not a lack of awareness or consciousness one the part of other friends but a tribute the two of you attach to my way of being and acting in the world. I think if you had conversations with other people I know and made the connections they would agree with that appellation.

Another element in why I think the appellation is okay is because one of the Eight Noble Truths is Right Livelihood which I’ve tried to abide by over the past 30 years or so refusing to to jobs that I thought were inappropriate because they exploited people and/or the earth. I love what I do and the people I work closely with. Certainly I’d love to make more money but I’ve turned down employment or refused to engage in certain activities when offered the opportunity because I didn’t think it was the “right” way to earn a living. Am I perfect hardly, but that leads me to my last point. There is a being, the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha but there are and have been many Buddhas. All beings have Buddhanature and capable of becoming a Buddha (one doesn’t have to be a “Buddhist”, because it is about how one lives their life). I hope that I am on that path and it is a path where daily practice matters. Once you become enlightened it is not over as the book title by Jack Kornfield suggests, “After Ecstasy, the Laundry…”

I hope my remaining life is such that I have earned the appellation, through practice…



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Shrinking The Cancer of Stigma

Stigma shrinking is as important as
Carbon footprint shrinking.

Its a necessary condition
For addressing the major challenges of our times.

Patricia Obletz Mental Health Activist: An Interview

Milwaukee Renaissance. You startled and awakened Milwaukee with an evocative image on the back of many Milwaukee buses of a person of unusual appearance getting punched in the face that had an equally unusual text alongside. Can you share that image, the story behind the image, and the impact of that image?

Patricia Obletz. That image is the oil painting Out of Nowhere, the first work to show up six months after Michael, my younger brother by four years died of sudden death syndrome on August 27, 2005. Id moved to Milwaukee the summer before from Buffalo, New York, to visit family without need for a plane.

The following year, an x-ray revealed spots in my right lung, which by fall, had grown. Before surgery December 6, urgent need to raise mental health awareness in my new city inspired me to select that painting done after Michael died for a bus tail sign to accompany my message: Put Your Money Where Your Mind Is. Mental illnesses run in every family. Ask your doctor for a mental health checkup. The second batch of tail signs last lines read Educate yourself. Call 8002738255.

Partnered with Clear Channel Outdoors, and the following year with Titan Worldwide for three months in Chicago, the campaign hit the road in early 2007. Clear Channel Outdoors kept the signs in sight months on end in the Milwaukee area between 2007 and 2009. The media picked up my anti-stigma campaign, which expanded its reach. The impact became clear to me every time Out of Nowhere was in an art show and viewers said it was familiar, sometimes remembering the campaign. It facilitated open and honest conversation about personal experiences with mental health.

Ive been working to help normalize serious and persistent mental illnesses in print, on TV/radio/web as well as in art galleries and marches since 1991.

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Sky Schultz Quaker House program: “Finding God in Nature, Science, and Mystical Poetry.

I am giving the program at the Quaker Meeting House (3224 N Gordon Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53212) on April 16th at 7 pm. It is entitled “Finding God in Nature, Science, and Mystical Poetry. This talk concerns the most important things I have uncovered in over a half century of research into many spiritual traditions, It concerns the root causes of suffering and what is refered to as “enlightenment,” In future iterations of the program I might call it: An Extraordinary Spiritual Conversation: A Personal, Historical (and Hysterical) Exploration of Mans Search for God. In the powerpoint at the Quaker Meeting house there will be many quotes from the world’s greatest spiritual teachers; and, of course, my world-class humor and magic” :)

For decades of professional speaking I have billed myself as The Explorer Who Stayed at Home, and a spiritual humorist, since I am inspired to find ways of saying serious things in entertaining ways. One of my heroes is Mark Twain because he found brilliant, humorous ways of talking about troublesome issues (although I do not share his sometimes dark and bitter attitudes. ) I do programs on Twain, Whitman, Rumi, Thoreau, and others which you might find of value.

By the way, I’m just setting up a new blog (http://skyschultz.blogspot.com\. with Jerad’s help. On the site is my award-winning film, “Common Miracles about ecology in and around Lake Michigan and links to other spiritual and fun resources.

Earth Nation Mentschen: The Film

I prefer to begin with Mentschen of destiny doing their Great Work, in the Thomas Berry sense, in the fields of possibility available, for those with the eyes to see, in the Great Lakes Heartland. Here is where I hope to store, share, and connect their stories. Earth Nation Mentschen

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Godsil Reflections On Kenyan Oakland Roboticist Aquapon Farmer Eric Maundu Heart Haus Workshop​

Eric was way over the top brilliant, modest, and authentic. Strikes me that his commitment to the good cause comes from down, down deep, and I have a hard time imagining him not giving it his all for years to come. He has intensely studied the “earth story,” and drew the elegant and complex relationships of geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and “noosphere” with the energy providing sun all over the walls of the brainstorm and bread room.

Here’s a media report on his “Smart Aquaponics.”


Eric has applied his robotics and software background to making gardens smart. His company, Kijani Grows, sells kits, components, installs gardens throughout the Bay Area, and teaches classes on aquaponics. :

I feel knowledge of electronics and software programming makes me a better farmer than just having a hoe. Gardens that can communicate for themselves using the internet can lead to exchanging of ideas in ways that were not possible before. I can test, for instance, whether the same tomato grows better in Oakland or the Sahara Desert given the same conditions. Then I can share the same information with farmers in Iceland and China.


Aquaponics, for Eric, is a modeling of the earth story. Sensor enhanced aquaponics is a resource to provide support for human stewarding of these small worlds, tools for maintaining the balance of it all.

He moved from the earth and aquaponics modeling into a lucid and intelligible discussion of electronics and digital sensors, mixing white board graphics with sensor displays, then moving to the computer to display the results of his path-breaking labors. He maintained a passionate edge for 6 straight hours!

He has had a hard time making ends meet while deeply involved in his research and development. It all began after his return to Kenya following a 10 year green card journey, where a passion for farming, absent in his childhood as a farmer’s son, was intensely sparked. He hopes to farm in Kenya in time, and help people do sensor enhanced farming everywhere. But he can’t imagine making a living just growing food, agreeing with us, that the growth and distribution of knowledge, tech support, and experiences for schools and “early adopters” will be important source of revenue.

I intuit that you and he are at the beginning of an incredible journey of major importance. To me his work and his character are in perfect pitch complimentary with yours. I would welcome the “communion” and devote my peddling and connecting resources in support. I am also eager to introduce his Great Work to “Aquapons Across the Waters.”

I told him, and I mean it, that he is a man of destiny and it would be my pleasure and honor to support his quest on up through my 100th birthday.


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Sweet Water Foundation Heart Haus Guest Eric Maundu Workshop On Digital Sensors For Aquaponics Systems

On Sunday, March 29 from 1pm-5pm, we will be hosting a gathering at the Heart Haus (325 E Euclid Ave) with a very special guest, Eric Maundu. Eric specializes in low-cost, do-it-yourself water quality sensors for aquaponics systems.

Check out some of his work at his company’s website at http://www.kijanigrows.com/

Eric is visiting from Oakland, California and has offered to run a workshop on DIY digital sensors for water quality in aquaponics, including measurement for parameters such as:

  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Dissolved oxygen

We would love if you could join us for a comfortable and casual gathering at the Heart Haus to meet Eric and learn about how to capture data from our aquaponics systems.

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Global Fulbright Community To Advance A Sweet Water Integral Urban Home For Each and Every Neighborhood?

Through Life Long Social Learning Networks?

Nice Radio Show On Milwaukee’s Heart Haus Integral Urban Home


Chicago “Sun Times” article on Chicago’s Think Do House.

Urban Homes As

  • School
  • Workshop
  • Farm

  • Lab
  • International hostel
  • Playground
  • Sanctuary

We are bringing into fresh being a 21st century homes and cottage industries local local economies in global networks.

For each American neighborhood, let us help manifest a
special house that’s multiform, multivalent, and mutualistic in essence…

That evokes awe and gratitude in Fulbright Scholars and everyday life long learners from across the world.

Fulbright International Scholars collaborate with SWF

Upon meeting in January at the SWF installation at the Chicago City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, SWF Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt and Sarah Gleisner, Program Officer of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program with the Institute of International Education (IIE), began to explore opportunities for potential collaboration between the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Seminar on Youth Engagement and Empowerment and Sweet Water Foundation for the spring of 2015. Given Fulbrights mission to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries and SWFs mission is to democratize, globalize, and commercialize urban agriculture practices for resilient 21st century communities via hands-on, real-world learning grounded in concepts of community, equity, transformation and resilience, both Sarah and Emmanuel recognized a tremendous opportunity for cross pollination across the programs.

On both Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st, approximately 80 of the 140 Fulbright scholars joined by Megan Spillman, the IIE Chicago Director participated in site visits to the Perry Ave Community Farm, the Think-Do House, and the CSU Aquaponics Center. On Saturday March 21st, 40 of the Fulbright scholars from 30 different countries worked directly with the SWF team, local residents, and Orrin Williams from the Center for Urban Transformation on the Perry Ave Community Farm helping to prepare for the 2015 harvest season. Contunued at


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Artist talk

“In the emptiness, I find a visionary”

Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Author/Byline: SUE ONTIVEROS

I knew something special had to be going on if my dear friend was calling before 8 on a
Sunday morning to invite me.

Still, that didnt mean as I was agreeing that I wasnt also thinking to myself, So I am
going to just show up at 57th and Perry without an exact address, only with the
reassurance, youll know the house when you see it.

But as I drove through well-worn streets where so many homes and businesses are no
more, I could see she was right: there was no doubt which house it was. On the side of
the house is an almost-finished mural of regal-looking African Americans.

The building gives off this aura of Yeah, Im in the middle of emptiness; so what? Once
inside, I realized that if the people who congregate here have their way, that emptiness
wont be forever. And what you or I might see as emptiness, they see as opportunity
waiting to happen. Its all in your perspective.

The answer to a host of urban problems jobs, hunger, education could very well
be right inside the front door. Literally. The walls are done in blackboard paint so ideas
and possible ways to implement them can fill them. And they do.

Oh, and the living room? Its living alright. Herbs under grow lights sit in what was a
fireplace. An aquaponic system (a setup that basically grows plants and fish using the
same water) stands near a window.

Upstairs, along the stairway, downstairs, in the kitchen somethings going on. Then
there are the two acres of land being farmed outside. The energy here is incredible.

And at the hub of it all is Emmanuel Pratt , a Chicago State professor and founding
director of the Sweet Water Foundation. You dont run into true visionaries every day,
but Pratt , hes the real deal. He looks at all of whats going on here as a way to put an
end to the blight. But his ideas spring not from tearing down whats left and embracing
gentrification (which, lets face it, usually means moving out the poor people). He uses
whats already here and gets kids, veterans, seniors involved in urban farming, green
initiatives and a lot more, not just at this location, but in other struggling neighborhoods.

One of the ways hes doing that is by tapping into his incredible network of doers. The
day Im here, so are others from Chicago Ideas Week. But Pratt doesnt want to just
tout his programs; he gets the people in the room talking to one another about their
involvements, to get connections going. You connect the dots (err, people), and then
youve got a solid network going on.

The farming, the aquaponics. Theyre not just to feed people well, although thats a
good part of it. Pratt s trying to get kids and others to see the money-making
possibilities in green initiatives, to turn them into eco-preneurs. And why not?
Remember, Whole Foods is coming to 63rd and Halsted. Connection made.

Pratt doesnt have trucks to haul the produce grown here around. Ah, but Washburne,
the culinary school at nearby Kennedy-King College, does. And there are connections
there. Who knows whats next?

Yes, theres a lot of work to be done. But Pratt and the Sweet Water Foundation can
see ways to bring people together and get things accomplished. Being able to see
solutions; why, thats half the battle.

Email: [email protected]

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How About a Traditional St. Patricks Day?

St. Patrick didnt drink. In fact, one of the things the Celtic chieftains admired in him was that he could get a good nights sleep without the drink. Other reminders for this time of year: sausage and salted pork are traditional Irish meats; corn beef is American. Cromwells armies brought cabbage to Ireland. Sir Walter Raleigh brought potatoes there from South America. The Celts wouldnt have worn green, eitherits the color of things that die. Purple was the color preferred by royals.

St. Patricks Day in America has morphed, party-animal style, into a day to get drunk or, to insult-the-earthan excuse to dump green dye in the Chicago River and foam it up. Patricks real life and the many good stories about him are whats worth remembering.

St. Patrick was the first published anti-slave activist in history. At a time when British Christians were stealing Irish from along the east coast of Ireland, Patrick wrote: But it is the women kept in slavery who suffer the mostand who keep their spirits up despite the menacing and terrorizing they must endure. The Lord gives grace to his many handmaids. During his life, Patrick negotiated with the court of Coroticus in England for the release of slaves, and, by the end of his life, the Irish slavery trade came to a halt.

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Origami At Timbuktu Rites Of Spring Celebration

Previously known as St. Patrick’s Day All City Celebration, March 17, Club Timbuktu, 7 to 9 p.m.

A terrific origami master has agreed to lead Rites of Spring participants in a paper folding workshop.

Her name is Seon Joo So, and she teaches the Korean version of origami at her Shorewood studio, and at UWM and other venues. She’s just lovely and creates the most intricate, beautiful works of art.

Her website is www.socoolcrafts.com, and her studio is: So Cool Crafts Paper Arts & Crafts Studio
4160 N. Oakland Ave. #14 Shorewood, WI 53211 414–418–8924

Seon Joo will bring supplies for 20 people. If you think we’ll have more participants than that, please let me know

Archive of St. Patrick Brigid Celebrations Since 2006



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Sweet Water Heart Haus Integral Urban Home Experiment

Lake Effect Listing Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday on Lake Effect:


More images on this great story at http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/an-experiment-in-sustainable-urban-community-takes-root-in-bay-view/

What the rising prominence of women means in terms of political, economic and social power in Wisconsin and around the country. Later, how an old house in Bay View has transformed into an experiment in residential living and working. Well talk about Bucks up and down year with our sports contributor. And meet the 1960s pop star-turned award-winning producer, Peter Asher.


  • Dorothy Thomas, speaker at LWV of Ozaukee County
  • Heart Haus feature
  • Howie Magner, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Peter Asher, musician​

The Heart Haus is embed in a global social learning and production network, including





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Social Learning and Production Networks For Gardens of Earthly Delights

Dear Adam,

I am wondering if you would be interested in reviewing volunteers from the Sweetwater Universe first galaxies called Sweetwater Organics and Sweet Water Foundation, to see if some appear to be worthy of your having some digital conversations to brainstorm possible collaborations over a 30 year experiment, God willing

Many are people of authenticity, competence, steadfast grit , and Grace.

Let me know and I will ask them for permission to share some of their applications, with you conceived as a “partner” with a social learning and production network of a thousand names.

What say?

Why not?

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Sweet Water Foundation’s Jesse Blom, the School of Freshwater Science, UWM Center for Water Policy & UN Global Compact Cities Program Collaboration

Sweet Water Foundation is happy to announce that its Milwaukee City Director, Jesse Blom, has enrolled in graduate studies at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM), while continuing to spearhead SWF’s Milwaukee efforts. Jesse entered the Professional Science Master’s program at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences in September 2014. The School of Freshwater Sciences has a 50 year history for internationally renowned research of freshwater ecosystems. Jesse’s coursework will focus on freshwater aquaculture, utilizing the school’s state of the art recirculating and flow-through aquaculture labs that are primarily used for studying yellow perch.

He is also working as a Research Assistant for the UWM Center for Water Policy, analyzing the economic and policy implications of water science. This year, Jesse is stewarding the Center for Water Policy’s efforts to mobilize the community around Milwaukee’s status as an Innovating City with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. To this end, Jesse will be convening a cross-sectoral group from Milwaukee that includes representatives from public sector, private sector, and academia to organize activities around how the city can most effectively exchange information with other cities on the topic of water science.

SWF has been directly involved with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme since Milwaukee’s entry into the Programme in 2009, and remains in close contact with the Programme’s staff in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past two years, SWF has hosted two visiting scholars from Australia as a participant in the Global Compact Cities Programme - Julia Laidlaw of RMIT University in Melbourne, and Dr. Nick Rose of the Australia Food Sovereignty Alliance.

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Goddess of Wheat Grass and her beautiful boys! Hero quest stories to follow.

Wheat Grass Goddess enjoying wheat grass waters, elixir of life!

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Advancing Ecopreneur Badges

There are some very resourced people and institutions committed to harnessing the power of the internet for life-long, connected learning and credentialing. Sweet Water’s Jesse Blom and Emmanuel Pratt have been working with the MacArthur and Mozilla Foundations and others around aquaponics training in the AQUAPONS program. This has inspired me to advance a badge project to provide support for entrepreneurial endeavors that also heal the planet, i.e. ecopreneurs! Jared Brill has agreed to test this concept out with me and others.

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Chronicling Connected Learning AQUAPON and Ecopreneur Junior Apprentice Badge Earners Sky Schultz and James Godsil

Here are many images of the development of Jesse Blom’s aquaponics demo at the Heart Haus.


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Emmanuel Pratt and Teen Creative Agency/Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics As Art Installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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The Googoal

Sole focus= Healing The Planet

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Clair Sprenger and Sky Schultz at Heart Haus Friday Potluck Brunch

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Walnut Way Founders Cuba Story Beginning Soon

Larry and Sharon Adams said “We’re going to Cuba this year!”

To be continued

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Vamanos A Cuba


[email protected]

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Sharing The Sacred Fire of St Patrick’s Brigid’s Timbuktu Celebration

to be continued

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Boomer Younge Connected Learning

To be continued

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The Tomb of the Unknown Poet

by Jeff Poniewaz

Why no Tomb of the Unknown Poet?
Wasn’t he killed as sure as the Unknown

Didn’t he die running wild after
the wildest beauty the same
as Wilfred Owen?

Didn’t he step on the toes of landmine

Wasn’t he mowed down by machine-guns
of mechanization?

Didn’t he throw himself on the grenade
of scorn lobbed at Poetry?

Drape a green flag of living grass
over his casket.

Blow his taps on panpipes:
phoenix syrinx!

Unknown Poet launched into the Unknown
like a poem in a manila envelope
addressed to Immortality

Care of the worms who edit scrupulously
but send no rejection slips.

May the Father of the Milwaukee Earth Poets be remembered beyond the 7th generation!

The Earth Poets & Musicians in July 2010.
from left: Harvey Taylor, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Jahmes Tony Finlayson, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Jeff Poniewaz and Holly Haebig.
(photo by Jeffers Larson)

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Milwaukee and Chicago Public School Students To Lead TupperWare Aquaponics Workshops, Summer 2015?

Sky Schultz and James Godsil will be attending an Emmanuel Pratt TupperWare Aquaponics( Pratt Demos) tutorial tomorrow, at the Sweet Water Foundation Perry Avenue Community Farm and Think Do Lab House. We will quite possibly be sharing this technology to some of Jesse Blom’s Milwaukee Public School Aquaponics Teacher Cadre and their students at Heart Haus workshops this Spring, with hopes that, by the Summer of 2015, there will be a Milwaukee public high school student earning some summer money teaching the Pratt Demo system to people at the Heart Haus Aquaponics Lab. Here are some pictures of the Pratt Demo.
Hoping collaboration involving MSOE, MATC, and Shorewood’s New Horizon High School.

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Godsil Koller Wiki Experiment

We are experimenting in the petrie dish of peer to peer, optimally open sourced, laterally scaling, globalizing, social learning and production networks.Koller

We aspire to harvest miracle cascades. Godsil

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Panoramic Of Sweet Water Foundation ASM Roosevelt University Demo.

The preceeding picture is a panoramic taken by asm participant Damian Alvarez of other Aquaponics STEAM participants engaging in conversation about the basics of Aquaponics. Turning the traditional classroom into an elevated living learning coworking dynamic environment!

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Godsil Sen Wiki Experiment

We collect stories that humans and buildings tell us. Sen.

We connect resourced boomers with young genius. Godsil.

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A Milwaukee Farming Jubilee!

Farmers and Friends

Lets celebrate Farming as a profession and lifestyle on Wednesday December 17th 5:30 pm at Braise Restaurant! I want to recognize all the hard work that Milwaukee farmers put in this season, and the fact that, as a society, we oftentimes take farmers for granted. Lets rejoice with tasty food from Braise, cheering holiday spirits, and live jazz from the fantastic Walkers Point Trio! Bring yourself, your family, a farming friend theres no charge! Just dont forget to wear your best farming attire – and PLEASE invite all Milwaukee area farmers to join!


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Introducing #MacArthurGeniusProspect Emmanuel Pratt To Nation’s Top Geography Professors

I have been blessed with time spent with some of the nation’s leading lights, none whose impact for the good cause will be any greater than Emmanuel Pratt’s, accelerating a South Side Chicago Renaissance.

These include MacArthur Geniuses Will Allen and Joel Rogers, presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, Pulitzer Prize winner WH Auden, “Servant of God” Dorithy Day, Nobel winner Saul Bellow, Pacem in Terris awadee Saul Bellow, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, JFK Advjsor Roger Hilsman, and actor activist Danny Glover

I hope the AAG Chicago Conference winds up spending time with Emmanuel and team at the Think-Do Lab House and Perry Avenue Community Farm!

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Bits Atoms Cells

The Sweet Water Foundation’s There Grows the Neighborhood initiative brings resources from a global social learning and production network. These networked “partners” include Boomer Millennial Partnerships experimenting ways of harvesting multiple values from mindful configurations of Bits Atoms Cells.

Integral Urban Homes, Agroecology Work Learn Tours, and Community Farms are three initiatives that will be explored at a Sweet Water/Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Hacking Hunger conference in Spring/Summer 2015 at the Perry Avenue Community Farm and Think Do House.

Since its 2010 incorporation, the Sweet Water Foundation has advanced in collaboration with Earth Renaissance”partners” across the waters, as well as some major institutions we are proud to be working with.

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There Grows The Neighborhood

The Sweet Water Foundation will be updating our social learning and production networks “partners” at this wiki equipped web platform.

My first offering is a Heart Haus brainstorm potluck on Faith Communities
Hacking Hunger through There Grow The
Neighborhood Experiments, with a focus
on boomer milennial local economies
experiments in integral urban homes
and agroecology work learn tours.

Whats yours?

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Introducing Ben Koller’s Heart Haus

The pages of the Milwaukee Renaissance have chronicled the people and the projects advancing some kind of renaissance in the venerable city where the waters gather, our Milwaukee. It is my honor and pleasure to share the story and the visions of a heavy lifter of this renaissance, Ben Koller, who while yet new to his 30s, has built layer upon layer of small accomplishments 20,000 leagues deep.

The Mecca Project

Here are some media links regarding Ben’s work to bless Milwaukee with a proper place for
Robert Indiana’s MECCA Floor.

Milwaukee Journal Front Page (Print & Online):


NY Times Article Front Sports/Business Page (Print & Online):


ESPN 30 for 30 “The Floor that Made Milwaukee Famous.”:


Work 2 Do Music Video/PSA:


More to come!


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Within Our Lifetime Network Twitter Town Hall

Thursday November 20th at 8pm ET

Featuring Rachel Godsil
Co-founder and Director of Research; The Perception Institute
#GotBias? Join an online conversation with national expert on implicit bias Rachel Godsil and the Within Our Lifetime Network.

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Emmanuel Pratt Notions

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Core El Centro Menu For Milwaukee AgroEcology Healthy Living Tours

CORE/El Centro is located in a beautiful, radically green, accessible building. Tour elements could include:

  • tour of rooftop production garden, with honeybees, grey water systems and delicious fruits/vegetables/herbs

  • tour of Wisconsin ‘ s first urban Creamery - delicious cheese curds, goat cheese specialties and more

  • cooking class/lunch. We could discuss specific menu if you’d like to help prepare a meal, otherwise we can recommend local caterers/cafes from the neigborhood.

  • yoga

  • Tai Chi

  • Seated exercise/dance

  • chair massage

  • acupuncture

Depending on what kind of tour/activities you are interested in, we could negotiate a price, but typically we ask $30–50/hr. We have both indoor and outdoor options, but considering a late spring/early summer visit would increase the chances for some delicious products from the roof.

I welcome other thoughts/additions to the tour visit

Stephanie Callaway

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The Story Of a Song Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs’ “The Next American Revolution”

Shared With India and Tibet

quiet rEVOLution a song by Jess Vega Gonzalez with KT Rusch, inspired by Grace Lee Boggs book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century.

Jessica’s Story of the Song

I came to this book on my first visit to Detroit for the ReImagine Work conference in 2011. It was the first, but not the last time, I would meet Grace. Not that Grace remembers who I am, but that is no matter. Grace Lee Boggs is connected to quite a few friends important to me, and thats really good enough for me.

The book sat unread for a couple more years on my shelf until winter 2013, when I found myself taking the bus to my problematic jobs and wanting something to read. The ReImagine Work conference had changed the way I understood the jobs system and its uselessness, and I thought it was about time to read the book. Good thinking, finally. And like all good thinking, I figured writing a song would help the message spread.

So the song manifested itself, and I passed the song and the book along to my friend and musician-partner-in-crime KT. She added a second ukulele part and encouraged that we play it out at Universal Love Band shows. So we did January 2014 was the songs debut, and weve played it around the world since.

Yes, literally around the world. In March, KT and I traveled to India to visit Venerable Kungchok Chopel, an elder Tibetan Buddhist monk and friend of KTs for many years at Drepung Loseling Monastery in exile in Mudgod, Karnataka, India.

Deep history here. Definitely a place where people are devoted to growing their souls, a seat of the quiet revolution. Drepung Loseling Monestary is dedicated to the study of preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. A center for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding, and global healing. And we found ourselves there, without words, to visit our friend.

Venerable Kungchok is in his late 80s. He escaped Tibet during the 1959 uprisings. The Chinese army pursued him with dogs and bullets. He suffered four bullet wounds, still clearly visible, through each forearm and each buttock, but managed to survive and cross the Himalayas into Buxa, India. He recovered for five years in a Christian missionary hospital. India donated land in Karnataka state to the budding Tibetan refugee community and Ven. Kungchok was one of the founders of Drepung Monastery in exile. He was the only member of his Gyapa of Tibetan monks to survive. He cooked for everyone for years and was known for his happiness and great food. He was able to re-establish his home chapel, Gyapa Kangsten, at Drepung. He is currently one of the oldest living monks and still teaches. We have heard other lamas call him the Buddha.

This version of quiet rEVOLution was recorded in Ven Kungcoks room on the first day we reunited with him in March 2014, on the first rain of the season. It was joyous and emotional. We laughed, we cried, we drank butter tea!

If I could speak to the beauty of that moment, I would dare not say a word. But that is the depth of music it does much more. I hope you will find in it some happiness.

To the quiet revolution. To growing our souls.

The Song Sung!


The Lyrics

Having a quiet revolution over here

Growing my soul

The have-nots are not trying to get what the haves have got [x4]

We dont want your privilege, your suburbs, your schools

Not your whiteness, not your straightness, not your patriarchal rules

Not your chemicals in your vegetables, or even your Whole Foods

We are building, we are building something new.

My bridges are gardens, my streets lined with fruit trees

My food is your prayers, the soft sound of bees

Clean water form great lakes and rivers and streams

Reminded of my Mother in all that I see


Young people and elders come back to the center

Remind us how to play and tell stories together

Forgive me my sins against the ancestors

Commodifying everything, less meaning and surrender

Listen to the womyn, the queers, the dark-skinned ones

Give the gift back its joy, and its freedom to love

I tell the time by the sunshine, the month by the moon

More music, better life. Now, not a moment too soon


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Pink House Benefit

Lil Rev has had to cancel, yet other special surprise guests are stepping to the fore.
A great time will be had by all!

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Sharing Images Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs

Hoping to draw upon our own work and ask others to provide some images manifesting Grace’s visions and concepts.

Here are some of my favorite from Grace’s and Scott’s “The Next American Revolution”
chapters on “A Paradigm Shift in Our Concept of Education” and “We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Looking For.”

I would very much appreciate learning of some of your favorite Grace vision concepts
and permission to share them at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GraceLeeBoggs/HomePage

  • We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for

  • Freedom schooling America

  • Grass roots transformative energies

  • Ground up change we can believe in

  • Faith in human possibilities

  • Healing and redeeming from shameful legacies

  • Energies from renewed hope and a commitment to a just cause

  • Steps to a more responsible and self-governing community

  • Project notion of a “more human” human being

  • Replace command and control factory education model

  • Address outrage of prison industrial complex

  • The Young are the creators of knowledge and social change

  • John Dewey’s notion of education through active work in the process

of living, manifesting “the social spirit,” beyond mere cognitive training,
harnessing human impulse to make, active listening, and schools
embed in life

  • Gandhi’s intellectual development through socially useful labor, which

handles all of the little things of village life

  • Gandhi’s insistence of learning through the Heart Hand and Head,

drawing upon the resources of community, nature, and the world

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Earth Dance Farms and An Ignatian Response To The Ferguson Tragedies

For all who are hearing about EarthDance for the first time, we are an organic farm school, operating our programming on Missouri’s oldest organic farm, located in Ferguson, MO.

As you can imagine, the recent notoriety of our home base has come as a shock. Though you may be seeing images Ferguson on the news, trust me, they do not capture the diversity and true character of our town. We invite you to learn more about how EarthDance is working with partners all over St. Louis to develop our farm as an oasis of peace, a thriving ecosystem, a hub for agricultural education, and a space for community celebration. As Program Director at EarthDance, I would love to be in touch with you if have advice to offer us, or would like to collaborate.

If you are local, please join us for a free event coming up Sunday, October 5th, 2–4pm, at the farm.

Rachel Levi
Program Director, EarthDance

office 314.521.1006
cell 773–398–6515
[email protected]

Our Mission:
EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Become a fan of EarthDance on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/earthdancefarms

See what we’re all about here:

Make a donation here:

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Emmanuel Pratt’s Think-Do Aquapaonics Lab Demo for the HIVE

​Chicago Learning Network
​Mozilla Foundation Festival Maker Party competition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Winner goes to The Maker Party in London!

Here are the contestants:


  • AQUAPONS - A Think-Do Lab Demo by SweetWater Foundation
  • Mini Mass Action Day by Mikva Challenge + Free Spirit Media
  • Vinyl Cutter Extravaganza! by YOUmedia @ CPL
  • Cardboard Moving Challenge by CodeCreate
  • Yesterday I Was, Today I Am: Narrative GIF Workshop by NVAM
  • Get Into Art! by The Art Institute
  • Birds of Hope by Intuit: Center for Outsider Art

​Here’s a note regarding last year’s event.

​This year, Mozilla Festival hosted a Maker Party on Oct. 26 in London, England. The party was modeled as a mini-MozFest, featuring hands-on activities for young creators. Visitors joined makers and educators from across the globe to code LED displays, animate stories, design games, build robots, remix videos and much more. Here are all the stations that were present for the event. They represent many organiztations from NYC, Chicago USA, Toronto CA, Indonesia, San Fransisco USA, India. Many participants produced a “Teaching Kit” via Webmaker Thimble, which share the “how-tos” of each maker station (linked to below). Upon creating a teaching kit participants were awarded this Maker Party Teaching Kit Badge:​


to be continued…


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Boomer Millennial Old House Transformation Experiment

I call 325 E. Euclid The House With a Thousand Names, inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With A Thousand Names.” Millennial heavy lifters Ben Koller and Miguel Castro call it the Heart Haus.

At the beginning of summer 2014

Ben Koller’s team transformed the inside floors of what was a homely house

Heart Haus located in a “Euro American” hamlet that is gracefully receiving Ben’s “Northside Friends” in a city needing racial healing

In Boomer Millennial IntegralUrban Home transformations the families of the “partners” chip in. Ben’s Mom Judie and sister Anne helped with the planting and the painting, which includes a white board for the breaking bread/brainstorm room

Olde boomers get new lease on life and make new friends!

Miguel’s “Green Room” sprouts tour

Sweet Water Aquaponics Demo Room

The start of front yard food garden as art aspiration

Backyard micro farm August 4, 2014

Costa Rica Earth U. Prof, Sweet Water Foundation Milwaukee Director, Wisconsin’s top soil producer with Ben & Miguel at brainstorm/bread braking room

Eco Tourism destination, with ex-Milwaukee Bucs Rich Neiman and friend John O’Brien

Anne Koller giving first digital conference presentation

With Ryan Scaife of Project Hope in Tanzania

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From Sweet Water To Earth Nation Eco Tours: Centering In Milwaukee Chicago

I am beginning coordinate Sweet Water/Sweet Soil Eco Tours with a number of Milwaukee Chicago, regional, national, and global trailblazers. Some kind of emerging “Earth Nation!”

Might you share some of your story so I can provide you with the most appropriate menu of tours? I will be developing this service over the seasons and years, with new partners representing different kinds of adaptation genius. You can follow this elevating menu of Earth Nation Eco Tours at


Earth Nation Eco Tours

They can range from commercial scale aquaponics and composting, to school and family digitally enhanced and connected aquaponics demos, linking up with Shanhai and Mumbai, to Chicago repurposed factories or the 2 acre Perry Avenue Farm of the Sweet Water Foundation, the Victory Garden Concordia Gardens or one of their hundreds of family victory gardens, and many more, in Chicago, Reedsberg’s Worm Farm Institute and Fermentation Fest partners, and on and on and on.

Here’s a bit of my story:



If the latter document interests you let me know.


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Introducing Grass Roots American and Chinese Collaboration To Marry Urban Agriculture With Thinker Makers Agile Manufacturing

Yesterday Shanghai’s David Li introduced me to China’s Eric Pan to accelerate our shared commitment to “ecopreneur” collaborations across the waters, with a start up focus on urban agriculture and agile manufacturing. At the time I was with three of America’s top matchmakers of this union, Emmanuel Pratt, Franklyn Berry, and Jia Li Lok Pratt, who were delighted, as this picture suggests, by the prospect of teaming up with David and Eric. I asked David to send me some digital links to essays that would inform our work and share the good news. Here is the first article he sent, followed by some of my favorite quotes therein.


From “Made in China” to “Made With China”

As China’s DIY makers are coming together with manufacturers, they are spurring a shift in industrial production, from “made in China” to “made with China.”

Chinese and American Robin Hoods And Virtual Sherwood Forests

David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghais first maker space (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

From watches, bags and shoes to touchscreen tablets, fast food and electric cars — you can find thousands of knockoff brands in China. Large, highly coordinated networks of innovative companies take the products and services we love in the U.S., alter them relentlessly and make them better. Then they speed them to one of the worlds largest consumer markets and sell them at devastatingly low margins.

Core Tenets of Shanzhai Business Model Worthy of American Attention

The problem with U.S. innovation? Our broken business models. American companies were built to be predictable, not adaptable. Trends like mobile, social and the cloud are major disruptive forces and businesses are struggling to keep up. Instead of fearing the Shanzhai, we can look at their 4 core tenets to reorganize the way we do business:

-Build nothing from scratch
-Innovate process at small scales
-Share as much as you can
-Act responsibly in the network

By adopting the philosophy of the Shanzhai copycat culture, companies can innovate faster and remain competitive.

But Chinas rapid growth in open source hardware and maker communities challenges our assumptions. They show an alternative version of innovation, built on a home-grown version of open source that has developed in China’s small-scale factories over the last 20 years. Makers in China show that this history of open manufacturing will change not only what we understand by making, but also where we locate innovation.

San Francisco Chinese American CEO Highway 1 Accelerator Program

PCH a major manufacture based in Shenzhen has recently launch an accelerator program Highway1 in San Francisco and here is how the CEO’s take on Shanzhai:

WSJ: Why is Shenzhen still attractive for PCH?

Casey: The shanzhai culture is really important (Shanzhai literally means mountain fortress. Once a term used to suggest something cheap or inferior, shanzhai now suggests to many a certain Chinese cleverness and ingenuity.) It has this disruptive culture of wanting to be different, of wanting to be fast, wanting to show whats possible.

The Economist Covering This Development

The Economist has also published several articles on how Shanzhai will be relevant to the innovation in China and the potential to change now new hardware are created.

What gives these young Chinese firms a potential edge is their close connections with the so-called shanzhai production networks centred on Shenzhen, Chinas high-tech manufacturing hub. The term shanzhai is often used pejoratively to refer to Chinese copycat producers of mobile phones and other electronic devices, based on copied designs and knock-off brand names. But its literal meaning is mountain village, and it refers to bandits who opposed corrupt rulers and hid in the countrysidemuch like Robin Hood in English folklore. David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghais first maker space (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

Silvia Lindtner of U. of Cal. Irvine Shanghai Partnership

Silvia Lindtner of the University of California, Irvine, and Fudan University in Shanghai, who follows the startup scene in China, is not surprised. The two sides complement each other, she says. The founders of hardware start ups, often steeped in the open-source culture, partner with factories rooted in the Chinese culture of shanzhai, which translates as mountain stronghold. It used to mean pirated electronic goods but now stands for open-source manufacturing.

Much more to come!


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