Ron Finley suggests gardening as the sexiest and most defiant act of all time; as a philosophic and “ecolutive” tool.
Organic rebellion: evolution through the art of gardening /
Perhaps in this moment we are just beginning to realise, on a small but fertile level, that if the government does not do things to improve our living-standards, if it does not possess the creativity or interest to transform our current condition, we can do it ourselves.
This is what crowdfunding and crowdsourcing alludes to: an open and distributed collaboration with beneficial ends for all. On the other hand, it is interesting to observe the “return to nature”, that we are experiencing as a global community. With the number of postulates growing constantly that exclude the government in issues of health, nutrition, infrastructure, etc. (especially —logically—in developed countries) and taking the reins of our future and doing what has to be done. Sometimes the only thing that is required to set the wheels in motion is a single courageous individual with a handful of suggestions. A great example of this is Ron Finley, the “gangster gardener” who proposes urban gardening as a transformative tool for individuals, and beyond that, for neighbourhoods and cities.
“Gardening is my graffiti. You’ll be amazed by how beautiful a sunflower is, and how it affects people” says Finley in TED. What he proposes, in few words, is to retake public spaces in South Los Angeles —a place particularly plagued by empty lots, forgotten sidewalks, chunks of land between buildings— and plant flowers, fruits and vegetable in a joint effort, by everybody for everybody. Meaning, and as Walter Benjamin said: going out to do asphalt botanic.
There are two main characteristics which differentiate Finley from a person with good ideas and intentions: he is a “doer” (not an idealist), and has sufficient clarity to crystallise his mission into a manifest (one which is very inclusive and elegant). “The funny thing about sustainability is: you have to sustain it […] It’s about changing the script and writing it ourselves. Something like: if you’re not a gardener, you’re not a gangster; if you want to join the group you have to produce, and the shovel can be your weapon of choice.”
As if gardening was an act of defiance (and it is), Finley suggests that the new botanic cool is the only act of protest and civil disobedience based on love, not on violence: “I want to make this sexy, so I want us all to become… ecolutionary.”Tagged: gardening, inspiration, We are Warriors, crowdsoursing, self production