I’m nomadic, I do all kinds of things to scrape a living without resorting to wage slavery.
I think co-ops and commons might be the way forward but I’m not very sociable. I hang about on the fringes of Radical Routes (network of co-ops for radical social change). I’m involved in co-ordinating The Green Gathering, a festival ‘beyond hedonism’. I was arrested at Barton Moss; I’ve been called a fracktivist. I’ve done stuff with Dirty Girls of Lesvos Island and Refugee Community Kitchen. I’m not a hero. Some people don’t much like me.
This blog was inspired by spending four months camped on the cobbles outside St Paul’s Cathedral with Occupy London in 2011-2012. I went to St Paul’s to check out the camp and donate some LED lighting. I stayed and, years later, still count a dozen or so former Occupiers as ‘family’.
Some of the writing here was produced for The Occupied Times, a print newspaper and website begun in the first week of Occupy London, which for a year I helped to edit and produce. A few of the pieces on my blog have been published elsewhere (for a while I got quite excited and thought I might become ‘a writer’) – New Internationalist, Reuters Trustlaw, Occupy News Network (ONN), Occupy London, Manchester Climate Monthly, Adbusters, STIR – and one was included in the Utopia edition of The Idler. Other posts are rushed-off, stream-of-consciousness journal jottings; press releases I’ve worked on; or reblogs of things other people wrote.
Travelling, writing, reading, festivals, fires, friends and dancing are my favourite things. I’d like to save the planet and democracy but it’s a big job.
I’m on Twitter: @emweirdigan