Towards An Ontological Politics of Collaborative Entanglement: Teaching and Learning as Methods Assemblage

Boone W. Shear

In this essay I reflect on and theorize efforts to teach, learn, and advance solidarity economy, a movement and design project to create the conditions for community determination and collective well-being. I draw from five years of ethnographic work and two years of teaching efforts to reassemble the resources at hand into a pedagogical intervention along the lines of what Jon Law (2004) describes as a “methods assemblage,” a set of practices, techniques, and relations that work to organize and condense particular realities.

It's in Our Hands (Part 1)

This short documentary shows how how the Diverse Economies Framework and Asset Based Community Development can be used to work with local residents to build community enterprises. It is based on the Shifting Focus resource kit (see above). The documentary features the fringe Brisbane suburb of Eagleby, and the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. The documentary can be viewed in two parts through YouTube (see below); or it can be ordered in CD format from