I write, I’m nomadic, I do all kinds of things to scrape a living without resorting to wage slavery: see Weirdigans, Mama Weirdigans and LEDfantastic. I think co-ops and commons might be the way forward. 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’. Having shouted myself hoarse at Balcombe and Barton Moss, perhaps I’m a fracktivist.
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, am still involved with this nebulous, frustrating, diverse, potent Occupy movement. As fellow occupier Pedro wrote: “Occupy is not a political party, nor a cult, nor any kind of consumable ideology that can be thrown away as soon as something else comes to replace it. It is the liberation of our consciences and the smoldering of minds and spirits into a single common goal: CHANGE.”
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 included here have been published on other websites – 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 (things I wish I’d written).
I’m on Twitter: @emweirdigan