Hello from the 3D side

Long time, no see… but here I am again! It has been a long, busy break with various projects going on at the same time and little time for anything else. But 2 years and many adventures later, I am now back and ready to mingle and share awesome things from the internet once more. More to follow soon…

But for now, my latest discovery is by beloved friend’s passion for 3D modelling. I was never familiar with this way of capturing fragments of reality. I am trying to learn more about it, as it is quite fascinating how you can just rebuild an object or a landscape from mere pictures. It was a bit peculiar to observe the process a while ago, with my friend circling an object for hours on end, only to recreate it from scratch in the virtual world… 42 hours later. Below, you will see a lovely, interactive toy, with a lovely story behind. You can turn it, zoom in, rotate it, all with the power of your own cursor. Oh, and those little numbers on the hippo…they hide annotations, so click below, enjoy and share with other if you like it!

Cute baby hippo, gifted by my girlfriend a while back. We’re both wildlife enthusiasts, so I’m often imagining it wandering across my desk…

For technical details, see the following link: https://skfb.ly/6RxTo/

Flowerings

When an almond tree became covered with blossoms in the heart of winter, all the trees around it began to jeer. ‘What vanity,’ they screamed, ‘what insolence! Just think, it believes it can bring spring in this way!’ The flowers of the almond tree blushed for shame. ‘Forgive me, my sisters,’ said the tree. ‘I swear I did not want to blossom, but suddenly I felt a warm springtime breeze in my heart.

Nikos Kazantzakis- Saint Francis

Siddhartha

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Garden pals

Pooh wisdom

If you don’t know who you are?
How can you do what you ought,
If you don’t know what you’ve got?
And if you don’t know which to do
Of all the things in front of you,
Then what you’ll have when you are through
Is just a mess without a clue
Of all the best that can come true
If you know What and Which and Who.


-Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Basic Income and Working Time Reduction: what is their environmental impact?

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Photo source: http://www.newagebd.net/article/34658/from-degrowth-to-de-globalisation

 

Dear lovely people,

I have recently written an article for the RSA Scotland on my research paper about degrowth, basic income, and working time reduction. I know some of you were looking forward to a follow-up on my research and here it is. Please find it below.

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2018/07/basic-income-and-working-time-reduction-what-is-their-environmental-impact

I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

I’ll be presenting my research at the 6th International Degrowth conference in Malmo between 21 and 25 of August 2018. Hopefully see you there!

Find me @nastiacojocaru on Twitter for any feedback, comments and questions

 

 

My (fairly) new research project on degrowth

I’ve recently started a new job and also working on a new research project looking at degrowth. The main question I’m exploring is ‘How could degrowth be used at a larger scale?’.

What is degrowth?

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Photo: scorai.org

To me degrowth is an alternative way of organising society that is completely different from capitalism because it doesn’t have economic growth at its core but people and the environment. Individuals in a degrowth society are not merely consumers but citizens and actual environmental limits are taken seriously. The idea of degrowth emerged in the early 70s in France, even before the concept of sustainable development was spoken of (in the 80s). One of its most prominent advocates is Serge Latouche. There are many aspects of degrowth but they can usually fall into three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental.

What does degrowth involve?

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Photo: Anastasia Cojocaru

In my readings I came across the concept of oikonomia, which was introduced by Aristotle. While capitalism could be seen as the art of making money out of money, degrowth would be the art of living well.

Given that I’m at the first stages of my project, I’m still defining my research question but you can see below how some of the ideas in degrowth are linked.

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Photo: Anastasia Cojocaru

Here’s some food for thought by Ted Trainer: ‘The way to transcend the consumer-capitalist system in the long run is to ignore it to death’.

Do you think degrowth could be a viable way out of capitalism? How could that happen?