Living, Making Together 2: potluck series

A continuation the earlier series Living, making, together on livelihood, how we relate to each other and other beings on this planet, and forms of self-organisation, except each gathering will feature two or three hosts, each bringing something to share (20 minutes of activity and some snacks), followed by discussion. We will start on Monday 12 September and go for 5 weeks (till October 10).

The sharing will respond to and ramble from the previous gatherings. The format can jump beyond reading: it could be body exercises, a game, a drawing activity, a walk, something to touch and be passed around. The discussion will focus on working out ways that the ideas can be practice in our daily lives, to try things out before dismissing them.

Each week we will have offerings from different participants, close and far:

  • 12 September – Dominic Tarr brought a section of ‘Voyaging on a Small Income‘ by Annie Hill, kumara seaweed fritters and his own stories of simpler living; Aya Yamashita shared her dough and bread lamp–the gathering took on a different texture as we played with her fragrant and flexible home-made playdough: dough-pits alongside sand-pits, boats made out of bread, versatile beans, edible seaweeds.
  • 19 September – Kaoru (Carol) Kodama shared a brief meditation exercise and we experimented with some ideas around different ways of group communication, including various seating arrangements, allowing gaps of time between speakers, and varied gazing points.
  • 26 September – We read some amazing tales from the Malaysian jungle from Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by robert wolff, thanks to Adam Ben-Dor; and also tried out a contact improvisation exercise from Soeine Bac, around the steps and fountain on Governor Fitzroy Place. A young lad expressed his joy in seeing a reading club in public, while another nomad shared some of his experiences in finding abundance among the cracks of the city.
  • 2 October – A special suburban Sunday field trip to West Auckland, hosted by the wonderful Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann and whanau. Email Xin if you would like to carpool along. We will leave from the city just after lunch.
  • 10 October –  We will read Community as a way of Life, by Indonesian curator/activist/thinker Marco Kusumawijaja, and listen to The Danger of the Single Story by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As an exercise and catalyst for debate, Yasmine Ostendorf (from Green Art Lab Alliance) invites us to apply Ngozi Adichie’s critique to our environmental context and discuss what this ‘danger’ means for the sustainability debate, and how to avoid it. (Note: this gathering will be on Lower Vulcan Lane, Auckand CBD, at the ‘welcoming terrain for relaxing, making, eating and being together‘)

The gatherings took place at WG building, AUT through this exploring how we might reclaim spaces for public use. Meet 6pm at NewsFeed Cafe. Entrance to WG Building and the NewsFeed Cafe can be found in the pedestrianised area between Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place

Bring your own cup for tea and eating implements.

The gatherings are open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading, tasting and experiencing an unexpected mixture each week, and experimenting with how we can use them in our daily lives. The group is facilitated by Xin Cheng xin [at] who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.