People do Good for Nothing for all kinds of reasons. Which is what makes it so interesting.
It’s fun, it’s experimental, it’s creative, it’s challenging, you meet new folks, you learn stuff, about others and yourself. You work in ways which you can’t in your day job. You get exposed to brilliant people smashing up the toxic system. There’s music and cake, good food and beer. There’s possibility. And Community.
Its a fully participative experience. You do stuff. You get involved in things you care about. You help shape them. You leave buzzing and sometimes bewildered.
But you feel alive.
It’s the total opposite of consumption and consuming. Where we hand over some cash for a bit of nature that’s been packaged up through some industrial process and sold to us through clever persuasive spin from the mega corps.
A hit of material goodness or a monetised relationship that gives us a buzz for a while, before we slump again, and the nagging search begins for something else that might make life better, quicker, faster, slicker, prettier, more exciting and convenient.
As we march on in the name of progress.
To participate in the world around us is to truly be. To be spontaneous and creative. To connect with others. In the real world.
So our mission for this Good for Nothing is to embrace the world of participation. To champion, celebrate and support projects which offer ways for us to participate in our communities and culture not just consume it.
The challenges are projects that are re-imagining how we can take part in the world, shape it, create it and re-make it - right here in Makerversity where we currently have our basecamp.