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My self-summary
I'm a white cis guy. I'm a scholar, an organizer, a thinker/reader/writer, a sometimes activist, a board member, a musician/music teacher, and a baker.

I deeply value community - in the sense of something you belong to rather than something that belongs to you.

Another thing you should know about me is I've been a student pretty much my whole life. I spent most of my 20s working on a PhD in Philosophy which I didn't finish.

I love the outdoors, but I don't get to it nearly as much as I'd like. Probably because I also love cities.

I've been in polyamorous relationships, and I am open to various possibilities, but I'm not opposed to monogamy either. And if you're on the dominant side of the kink spectrum, that would be highly appreciated (although not necessary).

Let's eat some vegan food and talk about the changing nature of community, how to make governance local participatory and democratic, and how we can supp anti colonial and anti tyrannical struggles here and around the world.

I do not have a cat. But I love them!
What I’m doing with my life
Currently at OISE studying community development. My passion is improving co-operative governance. Go co-ops!

At heart though I'll always be a philosopher. And it's reflected in the way I pose problems, and think about solutions. I'm very hermeneutic! But not a hermit (extrovert).
I’m really good at
Baking bread, teaching guitar, co-operative governance, being in school for a really long time.

Not something I'm "really good at", but this summer I learned to windsurf. It was pretty amazing learning how to do something which my whole life I believed was too difficult to even try.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm always excited about a new idea.

My commitment to causes, criticism, and self-criticism

My commitment to thinking, beyond positions or answers, but to the activity itself.

The fact I keep going back to Ireland every year. Seriously, what's up with that?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
As an ongoing student I read a lot of philosophy, from Phenomenology and existentialism (Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Bergson, Merleau Ponty, Deleuze, Sartre) to Political philosophy (Rousseau, Hegel, Machiavelli, Agamben, Chibber) and Post/Anti-Colonial theory (al-Azm, Cesaire, Fanon, Memmi, Said, Samir Amin, Dabashi).

As for films, I mostly watch documentaries. I loved Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" and and the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men". And I used to be really into Wes Anderson.

These days I'm listening to a lot of blues. Teaching guitar has given me an excuse to play a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, so I've been listening to them and their influences. I think blues is my favourite western musical tradition because it's the only one which really focusses on microtonality - something I got really into through Arabic music, especially Sameeh Shukair, Marcel Khalife, Sheikh Imam other Oud players. I love Om Kalthoom.

Food? this is getting long. For the last year, although not at the moment, I've been working part time at an Organic artisanal bakery, so I've gotten very into naturally yeasted breads. Although lately I've been so busy with school and work that I haven't actually baked since August.
Six things I could never do without
Satisfying bread (preferably stone ground, whole grain)
Some Foucault or Heidegger
A favourite guitar (currently my Squier '51)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Political struggles, questions of collective self-determination and self-assertion. What solidarity means, especially when there is a conflict in values between yourself and the one in need of solidarity. The treatment of animals, especially concerning how capitalism has transformed already exploitative relationships and made people cold to their own everyday cruelty. Possibilities for radical transformation - and especially how those possibilities are quashed by sloppy thinking, (often thinking which goes by the name of "possibilities for radical transformation").
On a typical Friday night I am
At my home - a shared co-operative living situation, collectively preparing food, maybe watching a documentary on our projector. Or headed out to an event about the ongoing catastrophe in somewhere or other.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Even though I've a vegan, last year I WWOOFed on a chicken farm helping collect and sort the eggs.
You should message me if
You want to start a blues band

You have strong opinions about art

You call this place "the colony"

You're disalussioned but still smiling

You both hate and love anthropology
The two of us