Nathan Cravens

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@nwcrav DM me || Founder Open Manufacturing Discussion || Nathan's Music at Soundcloud. Self-released album: Salvation or Here. || Occupy Librarian (London) 2011-12 || For my philosophy of operations see The Holistic Problem of Manufacturing. Also see Open Manufacturing - Wikipedia, Advanced Civilization, Category: Manufacturing, Eric Hunting's Solar Punk Design, and Metabolic, a supergroup of industrial ecologists.

Latest Publications: After The Constitution: Contemplating Robotic Armies (August 6, 2021) | The Future of Unions (January 5, 2021) | If Not Now, When, And Who With? Thoughts on Social Transformation Toward the Adoption of Platform Commons (December 22, 2020) | Bringing Behind the Scenes, Forward Into Loving Community (December 15, 2020) | The Public Verticle: How to Address the Next Great Depression (October 29, 2020) | Reasserting Political Economy: The Two Functions (July 7, 2020) | The Innovative Green Automation of Grocery Retailing (June 8, 2020) | Remarks on the Uprising. (June 3, 2020) | Imagining Systemic Change and Robotic Ecologies in Our Time (June 2, 2020) | Might the Flames Set A Vision Alight, or Might the Smoke Suffocate Any Hope? (May 29, 2020) | Proposing A Public Resource Management System for Loomio (April 15, 2020) | The Green New Deal: Accessing the Political and Disciplinary Spectrum to Build Project Cybersyn 2.0 (April 12, 2020) | Sectors of Engagement: The Household, Freeshop, and Ideological Space (April 5, 2020) | The Federated Council: A Brief Framework (April 3, 2020) | Restructuring Political Economy for Public Benefit in Isolation (March 26, 2020) | The Building Blocks of System Change: Forming Alliances (November 5, 2019) | Revolutionary Governance through Citizen’s Assemblies, Expert Councils, & Direct Action: Achieving Post-Scarcity in 8 Simple Steps… (October 3, 2019) | Herding Cats to Map the Damage, the Revolution, and the World of Production (September 24, 2019) | The Shortcomings of Transition & Necessity of Revolution: Extinction Rebellion, The Zeitgeist Movement, and Occupy Reflections (September 12, 2019) | Revolution Now! (September 1, 2019) | The Emergency Consultant Will See You Now (June 28, 2019) | Thoughts on Democratising (June 27, 2019) | Why Don't Machines Do the Work? | The Humanoid Machinist. . or, What is Art? | From Big to Small: Open Fabrication, Modular Production, & Programmable Matter | An Ode to Platform Cooperativism: The Quest for Greater Freedom | Introducing a Rescue Package for Refugees

Post-Scarcity Book Notes

I've worked on a post-scarcity book for years. Maybe you have too, perhaps under a different name. My notes.

Reddit Roll Call

r/ClimateActionPlan | r/DesignPorn | r/PostScarcity | r/userexperience | r/architecture | r/TZM | r/circulareconomy | r/Permaculture | r/engineering | r/cooperatives | r/Futurology | r/LateStageCapitalism | r/collapse | r/BreadTube

Lectures and Discussions


Books read aloud by Nathan.

Top Picks

  • People's Republic of Walmart. Leigh Phillips. Michal Rozworski
  • People's History of The United States (2010) Howard Zinn
  • Dictionary of Alternatives. Valérie Fournier. Martin Parker. Patrick Reedy
  • Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need. Sasha Costanza-Chock
  • Designing Reality. How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution. (2017) Neil, Alan, & Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
  • How to Grow a Robot: Developing Human-Friendly, Social AI (2020) Mark H. Lee
  • The Sacred & The Profane: The Nature of Religion (1957) Mircea Eliade
  • The World as an Architectural Project. (2020) Hashim Sarkis. Roi Salgueiro Barrio. Gabriel Kozlowski
  • New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question. (2019) Neil Brenner
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Melissa Wagner. Max Dalton (Illustrator)
  • A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul. Leo Tolstoy, Peter Sekirin
  • The Ethical Slut. 3rd Edition. Dossie Easton. Janet Hardy
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell
  • The Gift. Lewis Hyde
  • Free is Cheaper. Ken Smith
  • Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software. Nadia Eghbal
  • What The Dormouse Said: How The 60s Counterculture Shaped The Personal Computer. John Markoff
  • From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Fred Turner
  • Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee
  • The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats. Allen Ginsberg
  • A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond. (2020) Daniel Susskind
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Robert Sapolsky
  • Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. Jamie Susskind
  • Apocalypse Never. Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Michael Shellenberger
  • Governing the Commons. Elinor Ostrom
  • Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary
  • What If. . . Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy. Peg Tittle
  • The Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Democracy for the Few. 9th Edition. Michael Parenti
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Timothy Snyder
  • The Dictator's Handbook. Alastair Smith. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
  • Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle: Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts
  • New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers. John Butman and Simon Targett
  • The Histories Volumes 1-4: Ancient. Middle. Early Modern. Modern. Susan Wise Bauer
  • On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present. Alan Ryan
  • The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Susan Wise Bauer
  • Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Fernand Braudel
  • Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism. Peter Marshall
  • The American Empire and the Fourth World & Earth Into Property. Anthony J. Hall
  • A History of Western Philosophy. Bertrand Russell
  • Bullshit Jobs. David Graeber
  • Giants: The Global Power Elite. Peter Phillips
  • Who Owns the World. Kevin Cahill. Rob Mcmahon
  • Neo Feudalism. Joel Kotkin
  • Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. Matt Stoller
  • Pears' Cyclopaedia. (2017, Last Edition)
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Susan Ratcliffe

Michel Bauwens Top 4

  • 1. The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi, the history of the ebbs and flows within capitalism
  • 2. The Ever-Present Origin, Jean Gebser, the history of evolving modes of consciousness
  • 3. The Structure of World History, Kojin Karatani, the history of modes of exchange
  • 4. Linages of Modernity, Emmanuel Todd, how deep structures of family , religion and education influence the past and present of humanity and what we can expect in the next decades

Operations Management

  • McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
  • Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology and Short Supply Chain. Gallaud, Delphine. Laperche, Blandine
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management. F. Robert Jacobs. Richard B. Chase
  • The Encyclopedia of Operations Management: A Field Manual and Glossary of Operations Management Terms and Concepts. Arthur V. Hill


  • Architecture 101: From Frank Gehry to Ziggurats, an Essential Guide to Building Styles and Materials. Nicole Bridge
  • Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession. Reinier de Graaf
  • The Arcades Project. Walter Benjamin
  • The Poetics of Space. Gaston Bachelard

Urban Design

  • Psychogeography. Merlin Coverley
  • Unlocking Sustainable Cities: A Manifesto for Real Change. Paul Chatterton
  • All Over The Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities. Michael Sorkin
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jane Jacobs
  • The City in History. Lewis Mumford
  • Happy City. Charles Montgomery


  • Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability. Pasquale Ferranti, Elliot Berry, Anderson Jock
  • The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. Amanda Little


  • Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI. John Brockman (Ed.)
  • The Wizard & The Prophet. Charles C. Mann
  • Foundations of Futures Studies. Volumes 1 & 2. Wendell Bell
  • Superforecasting. Philip E. Tetlock. Dan Gardner
  • Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Peter Frase
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell


  • Zero-to-One. Peter Thiel
  • The Personal MBA. (2012) Josh Kaufman
  • VC: An American History. (2019) Tom Nicholas
  • Incerto. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives. (2020) Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
  • The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking. (2018) Mikael Krogerus. Roman Tschäppeler
  • Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World. (2020) Marco Iansiti, Karim R. Lakhani
  • No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. (2020) Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings
  • No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram. (2020) Sarah Frier
  • The 48 Laws of Power. Robert Greene
  • What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. Stephen A. Schwarzman
  • Mind Map Mastery. Tony Buzan
  • The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry. (2019) Katy Cook
  • American Oligarchs. Andrea Bernstein
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Mayer Jane
  • Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Christopher Leonard
  • Zucked: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. Roger McNamee
  • The Upstarts. Brad Stone
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. John Carreyrou
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. Nick Bilton
  • Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success. Matthew Syed
  • Crossing the Chasm. 3rd Ed. Geoffrey Moore
  • The Rise of Superman. Steven Kotler
  • Exponential Organizations. Salim Ismail et al.
  • Made in America. Sam Walton
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Ben Horowitz
  • The Lean Startup. Eric Ries
  • Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don't. Jeffrey Pfeffer

State Craft

  • The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World. Jonathan Powell

Public Speaking / Business Communication

  • Speakrets. Ruth Sherman
  • Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact. Phil M Jones
  • Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World. Stuart Diamond


  • Business Models in the Circular Economy. Roberta De Angelis
  • Reinventing Organizations. Frederic Laloux
  • Big-box Swindle. Stacy Mitchell

Alternative & Grassroots Organization

  • Dictionary of Alternatives. Martin Parker, Patrick Reedy, and Valerie Fournier
  • The Conquest of Bread. Peter Kropotkin
  • The Desktop Regulatory State. Kevin Carson
  • Designing Regenerative Cultures. Daniel Wahl
  • Miraculous Abundance. Perrine Hervé-Gruyer. Charles Hervé-Gruyer
  • Holacracy. Brian J. Robertson
  • The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization (Also See: Dictionary of Alternatives)


  • The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions. (2017) Jason Hickel
  • The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay. Emmanuel Saez. Gabriel Zucman
  • Winners Take All. The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Anand Giridharadas
  • Spirit Level. Richard Wilkinson. Kate Pickett
  • The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity... Richard Wilkinson. Kate Pickett
  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations. David S. Landes

Precariat / Unnecissariat

  • America: The Farewell Tour. Chris Hedges
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Jessica Bruder
  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. David Graeber
  • Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy. Trebor Scholz
  • Remote: Office Not Required. David Heinemeier Hansson. Jason Fried

What, Work?!

  • The Soul of Man under Socialism. Oscar Wilde
  • The Job: The Future of Work in the Modern Era. Ellen Ruppel Shell
  • The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work. Stanley Aronowitz. William Difazio
  • Why Work? Arguments for the Leisure Society. David Graeber, Juliet Schor, ect.
  • Undoing Work. James Chamberlain
  • The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work. David Frayne

Social Justice & Progress

Resistance, Rebellion, & Revolution

  • Anarchy: A Graphic Guide. Clifford Harper
  • No One is Too Small to Make a Difference. Greta Thunberg
  • Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction. Jack Goldstone
  • The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. Robert Allison
  • The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. S. A. Smith
  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. William Doyle
  • Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. Jonathan Matthew Smucker
  • The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason. Chapo Trap House
  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Adrienne Maree Brown
  • Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Erica Chenoweth. Maria J. Stephan
  • Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle
  • This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. Mark Engler, Paul Engler
  • This is Not a Drill. Extinction Rebellion
  • The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan: Kurdistan, Woman's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism. Abdullah Öcalan
  • Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan. Knapp, Ayboga, Flach, Biehl
  • Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Mark Bray
  • Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. Mark Bray
  • Revolutionary Suicide. Huey P. Newton
  • The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution. Ed. Lierre Keith

Peer Production / The Commons


  • Custom Reality and You. Peter Coffin
  • How Propaganda Works. Jason Stanley
  • The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. Drew Westen
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

U.S. Imperialism

  • Democracy for the Few. 9th Edition. Michael Parenti
  • New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers. John Butman and Simon Targett
  • America's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else. William Blum
  • How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. Daniel Immerwahr
  • Surveillance Valley. Yasha Levine
  • 935 Lies. Charles Lewis
  • Griftopia. Matt Taibbi
  • Hoodwinked. John Perkins
  • Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire. Niall Ferguson
  • The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to The US Empire. Julian Assange
  • Clinton Cash. Peter Schweizer
  • Fear: Trump in the White House. Bob Woodward
  • The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government. Mike Lofgren


Basic Income + Basic Assets + Basic Resources

Heterodox Economics

  • The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy. (2020) Stephanie Kelton
  • Capital and Ideology. (2020) Thomas Piketty
  • Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics. Robert Skidelsky
  • The Value of Everything. Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Mariana Mazzucato
  • Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics. Katrine Marçal
  • Stolen. Grace Blakeley
  • Doughnut Economics. Kate Raworth
  • Prosperity Without Growth. Tim Jackson
  • Debt: The First 5000 Years. David Graeber
  • Lewis Hyde. The Gift
  • The Ethical Economy: Rebuilding Value After the Crisis. Adam Arvidsson. Nicolai Peitersen
  • The Enigma of Capital. David Harvey
  • Carlota Perez. Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital
  • Raj Patel. The Value of Nothing
  • Robert Freedman. Marx on Economics


  • The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers. Ann Pettifor
  • A FINANCIAL HISTORY of the UNITED STATES. 3 Vols. Jerry W. Markham
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power. Nomi Prins
  • How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour. Les Leopold
  • All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Bethany McLean. Joe Nocera.
  • Makers and Takers. Rana Foroohar
  • The Shifts and the Shocks. Martin Wolf
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers who Broke the World. Liaquat Ahamed


  • Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking. Daniel C. Dennett
  • The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning. (2017) Jeremy Lent
  • Sex and the Failed Absolute. Slavoj Zizek
  • Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left. Ben Burgis
  • 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing. Tom Butler-Bowdon

Discrimination: Acceptance: Solidarity

  • Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. Susan Neiman
  • Wretched of the Earth. Frantz Fanon
  • Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults. Laurie Penny
  • So You Want to Talk About Race. Ijeoma Oluo
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. Angela Saini

Nonviolence & Compassion

  • Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Mark Kurlansky
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. 3rd Ed. Marshall Rosenberg
  • Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, Or Classroom by Lucy Leu
  • Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence. David Keirsey


  • The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. Tony Attwood
  • Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome. Eva A. Mendes
  • Neurotribes. Steve Silberman
  • The Electricity of Every Living Thing. Katherine May

Generational ("OK, Boomer")

  • The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy. William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt, Jonathan; Lukianoff, Greg.
  • Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. Harris Malcolm


  • The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution. Michael J. Klarman
  • These Truths: A History of the United State. Jill Lapore
  • Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present. Frank M. Snowden
  • Civilizations: Ten Thousand Years of Ancient History. Jane McIntosh. Clint Twist
  • New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers. John Butman and Simon Targett
  • Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Fernand Braudel
  • Democracy and Truth: A Short History. Sophia A. Rosenfeld
  • The Histories Volumes 1-4. Susan Wise Bauer
  • On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present. Alan Ryan
  • The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Susan Wise Bauer
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • American Connections. The Founding Fathers. Networked. James Burke
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Better Angels of Our Nature. Steven Pinker
  • The Story of Civilization. Eleven Volumes. Will & Ariel Durant
  • Why the West Rules—For Now. Ian Morris
  • Empire: Rise and Demise of the British World Order and Lessons for Global Power. Niall Ferguson
  • A History of Modern Europe. Albert S. Lindemann
  • A Secret History of the World. Jonathan Black
  • Martin Cohen. Political Philosophy: From Plato to Mao

Radical, Controversial, & Progressive Histories

Biography / Autobiography

  • Alan Watts. In My Own Way
  • Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography. Vlad Tarko
  • Made in America. Sam Walton
  • The Bending Cross. Biography of Eugene Debs. Ray Ginger
  • Autobiography of Bertrand Russell
  • Andrew Carnegie. David Nasaw
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller. Sr. Ron Chernow
  • Friedrich Nietzsche. Curtis Cate


  • AI Superpowers. Kai-Fu Lee
  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chace
  • Cybernetic Revolutionaries. Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile. Eden Medina
  • Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World. Lawrence D. Burns
  • The Glass Cage. Nicholas Carr
  • The Second Machine Age. Erik Brynjolfsson. Andrew McAfee
  • The Internet Is Not the Answer. Andrew Keen
  • Rise of the Machines. Martin Ford
  • Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves


  • In Climate Emergency, Break Glass. Saul Griffith
  • Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship. John Todd
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. Kelly Weinersmith. Zach Weinersmith
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World. Mark Miodownik
  • Coders. Clive Thompson
  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chase
  • Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. Neil Gershenfeld
  • Design. Paul Clark & Julian Freeman
  • Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. George Church
  • Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. Vaclav Smil
  • Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization. Vaclav Smil
  • The Master Algorithm. Pedro Domingos
  • How We Got to Now. Steven Johnson
  • The Quest for AI. Nils J. Nilsson
  • Marvin Minsky. Emotion Machine
  • Steven Johnson. Where Good Ideas Come From
  • Atul Gawande. The Checklist Manifesto


  • The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Susan Wise Bauer
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Robert Sapolsky
  • Quantum Questions. Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists. Ken Wilber
  • Beyond Biocentrism. Robert Lanza
  • The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. 2nd Ed. Richard Dawkins. Yan Wong
  • Pale Blue Dot. Carl Sagan


  • The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future. David Wallace-Wells
  • Merchants of Doubt. Erik M. Conway. Naomi Oreskes
  • Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Carey Gillam


  • Upheaval. Jared Diamond
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies. (1988) Joseph Tainter

Permaculture & Homesteading

  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Toby Hemenway. John Todd
  • The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. Ben Falk
  • The Woodland Homestead. Brett McLeod. Philip Ackerman-Leist


  • SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere. John 'Lofty' Wiseman
  • Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources. M. Kat Anderson
  • Bushcraft 101. Dave Canterbury
  • The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild. Dave Canterbury
  • Advanced Bushcraft. Dave Canterbury


  • Voyage from Yesteryear. James P. Hogan
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War. El-Mohtar Amal. Gladstone Max
  • Red Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Walkaway. Cory Doctorow
  • Woman on the Edge of Time. Marge Piercy
  • The Caryatids. Bruce Sterling
  • Freedom™. Daniel Suarez
  • Orion Shall Rise. Poul Anderson


  • How to Invent Everything. Ryan North


  • The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization. Howard Goodall
  • Jazz Guide: 1001 Best Albums. Brian Morton. Richard Cook.

Health & Wellness

  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Melissa Wagner. The Fred Rogers Center
  • Lost Connections. Johann Hari
  • Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To. (2019) David A. Sinclair
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Mason Currey
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Bessel van der Kolk
  • Autoimmune Solution. Amy Myers
  • Grain Brain. David Perlmutter
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Marshall Rosenberg
  • The Ethical Slut. Dossie Easton. Janet Hardy
  • Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists 2nd Edition. Thomas W. Myers
  • Meridian Qigong Exercises: Combining Qigong, Yoga, & Acupressure. Dr. Yang. Jwing-Ming
  • Taoist Foreplay: Love Meridians and Pressure Points. Mantak Chia. Kris Deva North
  • Sole Guidance: Ancient Secrets of Chinese Reflexology to Heal the Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit. Holly Tse
  • Tibetan Sound Healing. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
  • The Social Skills Guidebook. Chris MacLeod

Reading Lists (Mostly)



Reference Shelf

  • The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier, Patrick Reedy
  • Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Barbara Cassin et al.
  • Design School Wisdom. Brooke Johnson
  • Dictionary of Latin Phrases. Jon R. Stone
  • Engineers Databook. 4th Edition. Clifford Matthews
  • Architect’s Pocket Book. 4th Edition. Charlotte Baden-Powell
  • Programming Robots with ROS. 1st Edition. Morgan Quigley. Brian Gerkey. William D. Smart


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Toward Post-Scarcity: Free & Open Life Systems

Help people help themselves. Why buy when you can make it for less or free? Please email me suggestions!

Platforms & Interactive Models

Seeking open fabrication plans to make almost anything. Platforms are needed to accelerate material based innovation.

  • Instuctables
  • Wikifactory
  • Wevolver
  • TinkerCad? (And the greater AutoCAD project)

Planning & Incubation

Common Stores

  • Freeshops
  • Tool Librarys

""Social" Enterprise"

Interstellar Colonization

Nathan's Non-Fiction Writings

Articles at Medium

Benevolent Technocracy

Political Economy





Some Music Artists I Like

Tim Hecker, Field Rotation, Deru, Andy Stott, Tool, Pentangle, John Luc-Ponty, DJ Sasha, Alice in Chains, Slowdive, Arvo Pärt, Wagner, Scarlatti, Paganini, Piazzolla, Tárrega. Too many more to name.


Chill Set 1

  • Murcof x Vanessa Wagner - Farewell, O World, O Earth
  • Phil France - Circle
  • Tim Hecker - Castrati Stack
  • Kiasmos - Jarred
  • Daso - Meine
  • James Holden - Nothing (93 Returning Mix)
  • Evigt Mörker - Högre
  • Christian Löffler - Beirut
  • Jan Blomqvist - The Space In Between (Ben Böhmer Extended Remix)
  • Ben Böhmer - Promise You (Original Mix)
  • Christian Löffler - Haul (feat. Mohna)
  • Portico Quartet - A Luminous Beam
  • Victoriya - For You
  • Phelian - Lost
  • Azaleh - Moonlight
  • Röyksopp - Rising Urge (Lost Tapes)
  • Cressida - 6AM (Kyau & Albert Remix)

Best Psytrance Mix of All Time

Jazz-Fusion Chill / Chill Hop

  • Naxatras "Waves"
  • Electronic System - Skylab - 1974
  • Rubba - Way star
  • Hiroshi Suzuki-Romance
  • L'indécis - Soulful


  • 2814 - Birth of a New Day (Full Album)



  • Aurosonic & Frainbreeze and Katty Heath - All I Need (Progressive Mix)
  • Saltwater (Original) by Chicane
  • Ferry Corsten - Eternity


  • London Grammar - Hey Now [Arty remix]
  • AuRa / CamelPhat - Panic Room (Club Mix)

Progressive House

  • Lumidelic - Through The Door (Original Mix)
  • Maiga - Vincenzo (Original Mix)
  • Leonety - Evening Embrace (Lumidelic Remix)
  • Alex H - A New Beginning (Original Mix)
  • Mark & Lukas - Eye Of The Storm (Original Mix)
  • Alex H - Where Stars Collide (Original Mix)

Jazz Mix

  • Miles Davis - So What

User Contributions