Buy Nothing Black Friday, 2018

Amenia Regenerative Center

Buy Nothing Black Friday, 2018

Event update: Victoria Alexander at ARC38



Gratitude is a year-round activity… Are you looking for an alternative solution to the soul-sucking consumerist mayhem that starts up on Black Friday?

What better way to build autonomy & resilience than to share knowledge and ideas with community? Join us & skill up!!

While there is not yet a ‘Buy Nothing’ group in our area, we would like to see who would be interested and willing to join us in discussing how a group could be formed right here in the Harlem Valley. Meanwhile, let’s make our own presents for loved ones, swap project ideas and see how we can help one another thrive through the Generosity Economy!

Come at noon for a potluck meal with hot apple cider and FriendsGiving left-overs from the feast the day before (come, come!!). Suggested donation: $22.

Presentations begin at 1pm and conversation carries on to this evening. Limited parking, please RSVP or carpool.

We are pleased to announce that we will be joined this Friday with seriously fun people who bring tireless dedication to their Work to educate and uplift.

Mike Mager is an organic gardener, Hare Krishna and a genuine humble teacher and natural philosopher. Some folks are so in love with ideas and learning they can’t help but evoke deep conversation with light edges— and Mike is a prime example and a real local gem.

Tori, or Victoria, Alexander is a local luminary, organic farmer, author of a range of books (more at and current Fulbright Scholar. She brings together complexity theory, the emergent field of BioSemiotics and Philosophy of Science into conversation about how governance could be improved with Direct Democracy ( ). She will be sharing some of her research— and looking for feedback on making this relevant though dense work more accessible to a broader public.

“Victoria Alexander on Representative Democracy, Capitalism, Communism or Socialism? “No matter what philosophy you begin with, over time political systems tend to concentrate wealth and power. Government and individual freedom should really be co-creative of one another. Why is it that we can’t seem to achieve this? As a biosemiotician, I have learned that creative and intelligent behavior emerge in complex systems when individuals have semiotic freedom and enabling constraints. Government/culture should provide the enabling constraints (language, tradition, borders, laws, courts, currency, public buildings, hospitals, schools, mass transportation, energy and communication networks) but the people making use of those constraints should have the semiotic freedom (i.e., the ability to interpret rules and even misinterpret rules) to make their own decisions, set their own goals, and enjoy/suffer the consequences.”   — Tori

Feel free to get a taste of this work by watching this video (a half hour talk, given in 15 minutes).

We are looking forward to sharing this abundant wisdom and collaborating with all of you to improve how our region and this project can better serve our membership, our Town, our region and the Movement for a happier, healthier world… One less unnecessary purchase at a time.