Mother May I
Next Level - NYCxDesign

In this game we call life, it cannot be played without acknowledging the importance of our playing board; Planet Earth. For some time now, we have tried to progress in this game with too serious an effort. The fun is becoming stale, the game is more difficult to enjoy, and the board needs continual maintenance.

In order for the things to change in our favor we must shift our strategy.

How might we create a healthier balance between our self-imposed importance and our natural surroundings? What happens if we become still, and listen for Mother Earth to give us the next direction?


“The myth of progress is founded on the myth of nature. The first tells us that we are destined for greatness; the second tells us that greatness is cost-free. Each is intimately bound up with the other. Both tell us that we are apart from the world; that we began grunting in the primeval swamps, as a humble part of something called ‘nature’, which we have now triumphantly subdued. The very fact that we have a word for ‘nature’ is [5] evidence that we do not regard ourselves as part of it. Indeed, our separation from it is a myth integral to the triumph of our civilisation. We are, we tell ourselves, the only species ever to have attacked nature and won. In this, our unique glory is contained.” - Paul Kingsnorth “The Uncivilization Manifesto”