Out of the Woods collective

is creating a book: Cyborg Ecology

1

patron

$9

per creation
Hi there!

Thanks so much for clicking on our Patreon page. We've never done anything like write a book before, and it's a challenge we need a little help from you to overcome. As you may know, since February 2014, when our blog launched, Out of the Woods has been writing politically about ecology and global warming. "Behind this blog," we said, "is a loose collective. We don’t have any agreed positions or perspectives, beyond thinking that climate change is a vital area of investigation. We all share a broadly libertarian communist perspective, though our backgrounds include left communism, anarcho-syndicalism, the Green Party, anarchist communism, green economics, and social ecology. Some of us are scientifically trained, but none of us are experts in climate or environmental policy. We are learning as we go."

Over the years, our heterogeneous collective has mutated, grown in size, and diversified what it does. We have given talks at conferences, gatherings and art events in the UK, the US and Germany. We published articles at other venues, such as 
The New Inquiry. Some magazines even wanted to interview us. Finally, we were approached by Polity Press to write a book, which is what this Patreon page is about. We want our book to be called Cyborg Ecology, and we have mapped it all out. We are more excited than ever in the face of this new endeavour. But we aren't being paid to author Cyborg Ecology, and very few of us are in a position where we can put in the hours the project needs unpaid. We really, really need you to help make Cyborg Ecology a printed, bound reality. What do you say?

Thank you so much in advance for your help. We couldn't be more grateful for your solidarity and support.


What is the book going to be about?
Our book is going to be short and snappy, a kind of manifesto on cyborg ecology. What's that, when it's at home? Concretely, it is a heuristic for linking different struggles around "natures", "places", "futures" and "borders". Those are the names of our chapters which, in each case, show how both right-wing and left-wing environmentalisms fall into binary ways of constructing nature and technology that have racist and murderous effects in practice. 

Locked between fatalistic visions of apocalypse and a commitment to resigned pragmatism, mainstream ecological politics are incapable of navigating a path through ongoing climate crisis. Supposedly radical approaches too often rely on an opposition between nature and technology, misunderstanding both in the process. Accessibly written for the non-specialist reader, Cyborg Ecology draws on climate science, political struggles, popular culture and a range of critical theory to propose an alternative. Rejecting understandings of nature as a source of either abundance or scarcity separated from society, it proposes ‘cyborg ecology’ in which the ‘natural’ is inextricably linked to the human and the technological; a world in which forests are machines and genetic modification is a millennia-old practice. Such an understanding makes possible an expansive politic that connects our environments with struggles around race, migration, class, gender, sexuality and Indigeneity. Paying attention to the way our dystopian world is made, Cyborg Ecology shows how it can be unmade; and how another world might be recomposed from the potentials latent within it. Urgently embracing the utopian while questioning futurism, Cyborg Ecology opens space not just for survival, but flourishing.

Who are we?

Out of the Woods formed as a transnational research collective investigating the various historical, contemporary, and future relationships between capitalism and climate change. As we said in our opening post: "Climate change poses serious questions about the viability of both the capitalist mode of production and the global states system, and forces us to confront questions of technology and humanity’s relation to (the rest of) nature. These are huge questions. This blog can’t promise answers, but will be a place for critical investigation." This remains true today, in 2017. We are twelve(ish) scholars, activists, thinkers, and readers based in the heart of capital and neocolonial control. We are exhausted by the way in which hegemonic ecological politics in the Global North oscillates between a return to a romantic naturalism with reactionary tendencies and a pragmatic green capitalism. Yet we are also inspired by and seek to amplify real movements abolishing the present state of things: survivors of Hurricane Katrina, indigenous water protectors opposing transnational pipelines, migrants fighting border imperialism, struggles for black lives Ferguson and safe water in Flint. Some Out of the Woods members tweet at @out_woods, in addition to maintaining the blog at libcom.org.
Tiers
Patron of collectively written anticapitalist eco-analysis
$10 or more per creation
When you commit to giving us this much every month to sustain our writing process, we will send you an Out of the Woods pin. Thank you, friend!
Sponsor of utopian writing
$25 or more per creation
When you commit to giving us this much every month to sustain our writing process, we will send you 5 Out of the Woods pins. Thank you very much for your support.
Partisan of collective revolutionary writing
$50 or more per creation
When you give us this much money, we send you a signed copy of the book - with a note of thanks - when it is published. We will also send you 5 Out of the Woods pins. Thank you very much for your support.
Scourge of climate denialism
$100 or more per creation only 15 left
If by some miracle you decide to give us $100 while we collectively write Cyborg Ecology, we would like to organise a Skype meeting between you and one of our members to discuss, well, er, cyborg ecology and anything else you fancy, really.
You'll get ten Out of the Woods badge or pins.

And naturally, we will send you a signed copy of the book - with a note of thanks - when it is published.
Cyborg ecological collaborator
$150 or more per creation only 40 left
If you thrill us by donating this much to our book-writing project, not only will one of our members arrange to talk and/or correspond with you to discuss ideas of your choosing ...

not only will we send you a signed copy of the book - with a note of thanks - when it is published...

not only will you get ten Out of the Woods badges...

we will send you an exclusive Out of the Woods T-shirt.
Major Out of the Woods Enabler
$250 or more per creation
If you give us this much money, we will print your name in the book's Acknowledgments section as a thank you.

You will also get to set up an e-meeting or a correspondence with one of us (your choice), receive a copy of the book, an Out of the Woods T-shirt, a personal thank you note, and as many Out of the Woods pins as you desire.
Goals
$9 of $500 per null
When we reach $500 a month, we will be able to start posting a process blog with reflections on the ins and outs of collective writing, the whys and wherefores of it, and insights into contemporary 'radical' publishing, author anonymity, and navigating the academic/non-academic divide as scholar-activists. We will respond to questions and write in such as way as to be of general interest as well as help other people think about the process of writing collectively
1 of 1
Hi there!

Thanks so much for clicking on our Patreon page. We've never done anything like write a book before, and it's a challenge we need a little help from you to overcome. As you may know, since February 2014, when our blog launched, Out of the Woods has been writing politically about ecology and global warming. "Behind this blog," we said, "is a loose collective. We don’t have any agreed positions or perspectives, beyond thinking that climate change is a vital area of investigation. We all share a broadly libertarian communist perspective, though our backgrounds include left communism, anarcho-syndicalism, the Green Party, anarchist communism, green economics, and social ecology. Some of us are scientifically trained, but none of us are experts in climate or environmental policy. We are learning as we go."

Over the years, our heterogeneous collective has mutated, grown in size, and diversified what it does. We have given talks at conferences, gatherings and art events in the UK, the US and Germany. We published articles at other venues, such as 
The New Inquiry. Some magazines even wanted to interview us. Finally, we were approached by Polity Press to write a book, which is what this Patreon page is about. We want our book to be called Cyborg Ecology, and we have mapped it all out. We are more excited than ever in the face of this new endeavour. But we aren't being paid to author Cyborg Ecology, and very few of us are in a position where we can put in the hours the project needs unpaid. We really, really need you to help make Cyborg Ecology a printed, bound reality. What do you say?

Thank you so much in advance for your help. We couldn't be more grateful for your solidarity and support.


What is the book going to be about?
Our book is going to be short and snappy, a kind of manifesto on cyborg ecology. What's that, when it's at home? Concretely, it is a heuristic for linking different struggles around "natures", "places", "futures" and "borders". Those are the names of our chapters which, in each case, show how both right-wing and left-wing environmentalisms fall into binary ways of constructing nature and technology that have racist and murderous effects in practice. 

Locked between fatalistic visions of apocalypse and a commitment to resigned pragmatism, mainstream ecological politics are incapable of navigating a path through ongoing climate crisis. Supposedly radical approaches too often rely on an opposition between nature and technology, misunderstanding both in the process. Accessibly written for the non-specialist reader, Cyborg Ecology draws on climate science, political struggles, popular culture and a range of critical theory to propose an alternative. Rejecting understandings of nature as a source of either abundance or scarcity separated from society, it proposes ‘cyborg ecology’ in which the ‘natural’ is inextricably linked to the human and the technological; a world in which forests are machines and genetic modification is a millennia-old practice. Such an understanding makes possible an expansive politic that connects our environments with struggles around race, migration, class, gender, sexuality and Indigeneity. Paying attention to the way our dystopian world is made, Cyborg Ecology shows how it can be unmade; and how another world might be recomposed from the potentials latent within it. Urgently embracing the utopian while questioning futurism, Cyborg Ecology opens space not just for survival, but flourishing.

Who are we?

Out of the Woods formed as a transnational research collective investigating the various historical, contemporary, and future relationships between capitalism and climate change. As we said in our opening post: "Climate change poses serious questions about the viability of both the capitalist mode of production and the global states system, and forces us to confront questions of technology and humanity’s relation to (the rest of) nature. These are huge questions. This blog can’t promise answers, but will be a place for critical investigation." This remains true today, in 2017. We are twelve(ish) scholars, activists, thinkers, and readers based in the heart of capital and neocolonial control. We are exhausted by the way in which hegemonic ecological politics in the Global North oscillates between a return to a romantic naturalism with reactionary tendencies and a pragmatic green capitalism. Yet we are also inspired by and seek to amplify real movements abolishing the present state of things: survivors of Hurricane Katrina, indigenous water protectors opposing transnational pipelines, migrants fighting border imperialism, struggles for black lives Ferguson and safe water in Flint. Some Out of the Woods members tweet at @out_woods, in addition to maintaining the blog at libcom.org.

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Tiers
Patron of collectively written anticapitalist eco-analysis
$10 or more per creation
When you commit to giving us this much every month to sustain our writing process, we will send you an Out of the Woods pin. Thank you, friend!
Sponsor of utopian writing
$25 or more per creation
When you commit to giving us this much every month to sustain our writing process, we will send you 5 Out of the Woods pins. Thank you very much for your support.
Partisan of collective revolutionary writing
$50 or more per creation
When you give us this much money, we send you a signed copy of the book - with a note of thanks - when it is published. We will also send you 5 Out of the Woods pins. Thank you very much for your support.
Scourge of climate denialism
$100 or more per creation only 15 left
If by some miracle you decide to give us $100 while we collectively write Cyborg Ecology, we would like to organise a Skype meeting between you and one of our members to discuss, well, er, cyborg ecology and anything else you fancy, really.
You'll get ten Out of the Woods badge or pins.

And naturally, we will send you a signed copy of the book - with a note of thanks - when it is published.
Cyborg ecological collaborator
$150 or more per creation only 40 left
If you thrill us by donating this much to our book-writing project, not only will one of our members arrange to talk and/or correspond with you to discuss ideas of your choosing ...

not only will we send you a signed copy of the book - with a note of thanks - when it is published...

not only will you get ten Out of the Woods badges...

we will send you an exclusive Out of the Woods T-shirt.
Major Out of the Woods Enabler
$250 or more per creation
If you give us this much money, we will print your name in the book's Acknowledgments section as a thank you.

You will also get to set up an e-meeting or a correspondence with one of us (your choice), receive a copy of the book, an Out of the Woods T-shirt, a personal thank you note, and as many Out of the Woods pins as you desire.