"Code Ship Down - Highway 101", New Myth #45 / Myth Lab #4 Live Video. Willi Paul
"Code Ship Down - Highway 101", New Myth #45 / Myth Lab #4 Live Video. Willi Paul

This interactive workshop begins with a neighborhood artifact (sculpture by Samuel Yates) and considers permaculture, Transition, Nature and alchemy elements to produce New Myth #45! Please review the Myth Lab #4 Live Video and Hand-out (pdf).

Enjoy all 45 New Myths.

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A process model is included that illustrates mythic imprinting with more depth. The goal is to integrate permaculture, transition, Nature and sustainability with the values and struggles in the Chaos Age. The Myth Lab is designed as an interactive, open source and iterative experience. One goal is clear: we need to build our own messages and new myths to support our new food and governance systems.

Key Terms:

Artifact - The Imprintable Artifact is a Nature-Human combination; examples include graffiti, a bill board, historic sculpture, and a permaculture garden, with special powers and messages to the neighborhood.

Mythos - The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts.

New Mythology - Is a call for new Nature-based, globally integrated stories without allegiance to any classic mythologies. New Mythology incorporates new symbols, new alchemy and climate change era rituals and is built for the future.

The Transition Movement includes new business exchange schemes where waste is used by another business; Transition is garden sharing that allows gardeners to re-use barren lands; the movement encourages people to choose local food and offer support for smart bicycle and mass transit systems.

Mythic Imprinting - Imprinting is defined as a two-way interaction with a selected Artifact that has generates synergistic meaning for both participants and the Artifact. Called "mythic imprinting" in the Myth Lab, this iterative and transmutative process is grounded in the initiation, journey and hero work from Joseph Campbell and is one way that neighborhood artifacts can help neighbors generate new songs, poems and myths.

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The Artifact

Process / Data
Myth Lab #4 Hand-out (pdf)
The Live Video

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New Myth #45
"Code Ship Down - Highway 101."

university av overpass
fossilheads vs transitionites tribes
cascadia & anti-cascadia
east palo alto vs west palo alto
dumpster seller's vs compost cast

no shoes 2043
wake up, maybe from a dream
or maybe in something else
wander up the overpass
hw 101 concrete busted below
rotting tires bad memories
post-militarized climate zone
four season's prison
stanford compounds
ikea rainbow day care

late to the game machine
dna-injector permiepsalms
voicemessages flowerseeds
did it land here, or was it snuck in?
like a shinning metal beetle
arms hope & trust in winged box
curiosity and mystery
alchemic coin toss

lesson catalysts
time warp carrier vessel
hope and trust coding together
soiled bridge 'n' human fences gone
new overpass up

"Hi. Where do you think this thing came from?"

transition palo alto garden share june 9, 2013