As with most maps, this is both artwork and tool, part of the Clubhouse/Clearing house project. It depicts the area, and, once taken into use, will be a dynamic depiction of the basic services (doctor, 1st Aid/CPR, bicycle repair, safehouse for kids, carpenter, etc.) that our neighborhood is home to. It was inspired by our vicinity to the Zoo, the story of Noah’s ark, and what I felt was missing from some standard disaster preparedness programs neighbors had asked me to instigate: Fun!
To be able to choose who I learn a basic survival skill from, or to have a back-up in case one person is injured/occupied/moves, would be quite a practical set-up to have… and maybe I have that right here in my neighborhood, but I don’t know it! I want to learn from these people and get to know them and be a resource to them, too! Where are they? I thought… and then: “I’ll make a game of finding out whether we have 2 of everything!”
So I’m asking neighbors to list what basic skills and resources we’d need if we were an island or an ark. I’m also asking anyone who has these basic skills to put a marker on the map! Not-survival skills (like jewelery making, for example) can be shared on the bulletin boards.
Of course, the neighborhood map is a challenge to translate the components of all skill sets into ways we could help if we were on a hypothetical ark or island: perhaps the jewelery maker has everything she needs to solder things together, or would be in charge of making an alternative kind of currency, or can transfer the skills for threading tiny beads to sewing and fix clothes and make sails for home-made wooden wind-turbins so we can generate our own electricity… it is a game to see how our favorite activities can help one another in a challenging situation, were we to find ourselves in one together.