Metamorphose

To metamorphose is to transform. This site is an exploration of change (why we avoid it, how we can achieve it, who inspires us along the way) and the conditions required for transformation. Founded and curated by Simran Sethi.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. 

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” 

― Buckminster Fuller

This person does not happen to be gay, that I know of. This person doesn’t also happen to be transgender, that I’m aware. This person doesn’t have brown skin. This person is a white man. So hopefully this person will not polarize you, as you consume this account of how the entire genesis of the United States is something to be re-negotiated.


"Cheap energy is like a vaccine"

"Cheap" is more than just upfront capital cost.  "Cheap" is also time to design, permit, and build.  "Cheap" equals access.  "Cheap" equals a lever for change.  Coal and nuclear can’t and won’t be built everywhere and still requires generous investment in transmission that few want to make and even fewer want to provide land to host.

If we are to believe Florida Power & Light’s claim that new nuclear can be installed for $3000 per kilowatt, this is approximately the same price as the installed cost of one kilowatt of solar in many parts of the United States?  The difference: solar can be installed and operational virtually overnight.  Nuclear?  A decade?

Bill Gates says "cheap energy is like a vaccine."

Which does North Korea begin to look like South Korea from space?

What effect will electrification have on quality of life in North Korea?

Keep our water supply from being contaminated.

Making and using your own natural dyes can reduce your impact on the environment (textile production as a whole is the fifth largest contributor to CO2 in the United States), and has the added side benefit of some very pleasant time spent outdoors as you search for, gather, and/or tend to the plants that yield non-synthetic color. 



Nothing is Free.

I took this photo at an Occupy Southern California Meet-Up called SPRING IS COMING.

Why, you might ask, are we fueling the evolution of Another Possible World with Coca-Cola and Pepsi?

Because it’s “free” - it was donated.  

Sounds like the same reasoning that brought soda dispensing machines to Los Angeles public schools several years ago.  Coca-Cola was willing to fund programs that our tax dollars were not made available to support.

Evolution is a messy business, and this photo, to me, encapsulates this reality.  Perfect is the enemy of good.

But in my humble opinion, we have to stand up somewhere.  Otherwise the words, “Another World Is Possible” become a sad joke.  

Nothing is “free.”  

We have to work for it.

The Gift Relationship (Questions, Not Answers)

In 1970, English social theorist Richard Titmuss upended the blood-banking system with his book The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy in which he explained the fundamental differences in how British people and Americans approached the blood used for transfusions. In the British system, all blood is classified as a gift. In the American system, blood is both donated and purchased (or sold). Titmuss goes on to say this profit motive compromises the supply - causing shortages, waste and increased health risks due compromised product (blood sold by desperate people and bought by unscrupulous profit-maximizers). 

There has been a fair amount of research that questions the nuances of this work, but the basic questions remain. Lewis Hyde explains, “Medical sociologists have been drawn to questions of gift exchanges because they have come to understand that the ethics of gift-giving make it a form of commerce appropriate to the transfer of what we might call, ‘sacred properties,’ in this case parts of the human body.” 

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Via robenmarie.

A human being felt deep empathy for another human being who did not see the point of living under these conditions.  He made a promise to keep his brother.  And he is fulfilling it.  Is this maybe how DIY media can help bring CHANGE?

"The pragmatic approach is to address the demand."   Marco Arment

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This is a site about change. This has to change. 

Via fotojournalismus: Nine-year-old Sujon’s foot was covered with oil as he worked in a vehicle-parts store in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. 

[Credit : Andrew Biraj/Reuters]

Waste = Fuel

What do you see?

Trash, yes? 

What if you could turn the plastic back into crude oil? What do you see now?

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My Mashup of “Honesty”

Last week acclaimed food photographer Brian Ferry wrote a post about honesty. He confessed: “I’m tired of taking photos of food, and I’m really tired of looking at photos of food online (perfect meals and those perfect table settings). It all looks the same. The faux-urban-rustic aesthetic, with mason jars for glasses and twine-wrapped napkins. The perfectly placed spoonful of brown sugar on the table (in a vintage/antique spoon, please), the sugar crystals artfully scattered around the spoon. You know what I’m talking about.” 

He went on to say, “I want to shake it up, make it feel personal and real, make it really mean something to you. I’m not 100% sure how to do this, but I’m working on it.


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#F27 

Today was a big day for big food. 

Judge Naomi Buchwald ruled that farmers could not sue seed giant Monsanto for the threat of transgenic seed contamination. At the same time, people from all over the world gathered to protest the consolidation of our food system. This growing movement represents a sea change in people’s relationship with food, our most intimate commodity. From guerilla gardens to home-cooked feasts for strangers to today’s seed exchange at the New York Stock Exchange (poster above), people are finding creative ways to connect to food and to each other. 

Creative expression is a critical part of this - and many - grassroots revolutions. It can make something distant feel close.  

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Embodied Cognition

Recent advances in understanding what psychologists call “embodied cognition” indicate a surprisingly direct link between mind and body. It turns out that people draw on their bodily experiences in constructing their social reality. Studies show, for example, that someone holding a warm cup of coffee tends to perceive a stranger as having a “warmer” personality. Likewise when holding something heavy, people see things as more serious and important — more “weighty.”

However, until recently it was not known whether bodily experiences could help in generating new ideas and solutions to problems. Our research, which will be published soon in the journal Psychological Science, discovered that it can.”

Suntae Kim, Evan Polman, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

New York Times, 2/25/12

Metamorphose comes from the Greek μεταμόρφωσις meaning ”transformation, transforming.”

met·a·mor·phose

[met-uh-mawr-fohz, -fohs] verb, -phosed, -phos·ing.
1. to change the form or nature of; 
transform.
2. to subject to metamorphosis or 
 metamorphism.
3. to undergo or be capable of undergoing 
change in form or nature.

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