Enough! were seeking to bring ideas of alternative ways of living, working and organising that sit under the banner of degrowth and/or deep adaptation to communities that may not ordinarily have access to this type of learning and input. We were intentionally seeking to move beyond simply the offering of workshops by offering learning input to initiate a deliberative process and support local community members to think about how they might organise in response to what they have been learning.
The first Enough! community response pilot is taking place in Inverness. We are working in collaboration with the Friends of Merkinch Nature Reserve and Common Good Food – a practical advocate of food sovereignty in Scotland – as well as other local artists, activists and organisations.
The local nature reserve will be our community focus for gathering and exploration. We hope to shift perceptions of this place as not just a haven for wildlife, but as reserve and a resource for the community – a commons that can nourish us, both physically and imaginatively.
We want to start thinking about the system we’ve got used to, and what it would mean if we chose to do things differently: as though people, communities and the planet mattered.
Enough! will support the co-creation of a new seasonal Wild Food Trail, a creative focus to bring local groups together to explore the themes of common land, food sovereignty, the vital role of biodiversity and community resilience as these relate to degrowth and deep adaptation.
Across the globe, the commons movement is growing and reclaiming hopeful alternatives to global capitalism and its destruction.
Put most simply, the commons is that which we all share that should be nurtured in the present and passed on, undiminished, to future generations. We might think of reclaiming the commons as reclaiming our past and our future.
Such an approach is as much about discovering new ways of living as it is about rediscovering locally rooted cultural practices. As part of this project, we connected with the radical history of the commons across the Highlands to dig where we stand, in Merkinch, exploring how old and new ideas might have practical application on the ground in this local community into the future.
Connect with key individuals or key groups in a given community and invite them to connect more with the ideas of degrowth and deep adaptation.
Identify a local anchor organisation or collective to interpret the work locally
Co-design a process/programme relevant to the local community.
Deliver learning phase of workshops or dialogues associated with key ideas.
Undertake a community based deliberative process leading to direct action on the themes of degrowth and deep adaptation.