The Journal of Resourcefulness

Published by Rekindle, with Editor Emma Johnson (of Freerange Press fame), Designer Cameron Ralston, with assistance of Gary Parker and the Ferrymead Printing Society. The cover was typeset on Leo Bensemann’s Diadem platen press.

The digital version of the Journal of Resourcefulness is now available at no cost to you. You can find the digital journal to read or download here. 

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We are waste-creating creatures by nature – we are part of ecosystems that rely on the degradation of waste for health. Yet our current rate of resource disposal is far beyond healthy, and this inculpates our consumption habits.

In response to this growing problem, Rekindle’s new Journal of Resourcefulness series explores and celebrates resourcefulness as a vital frame of reference for addressing waste, wellbeing and planetary health.

Resourcefulness, or making what we need from what we have, involves a mutually beneficial, healthy relationship between earth and our species. The first edition of the Journal of Resourcefulness explores three main areas and the major projects aligned with Rekindle’s journey towards resourcefulness: waste and reuse, design as a solution, and resourcefulness itself. 

Rekindle is not alone on the journey, and this publication accordingly celebrates the work of a number of experts in this sphere. Among others, Matthew Luxon discusses solutions to waste and the economics behind these, Clare Brass looks at her work at the Royal College of Art London and demonstrates how it is possible to design with values, while Objectspace's own Kim Paton examines the role of craft in relation to consumer choice, and Dr Benita Wakefield describes the potency of mātauranga Māori in care for the earth. The journal brings together educators, environmental scientists, academics and industrial designers to consider resourcefulness from a number of view points.

The limited edition physical journal is unique - it has been printed on waste paper and has a hand-printed cover . There is also an online digital document that people can view, print out (on waste paper) and assemble at home.  You can find the digital journal to read or download here, or you can have a link to download sent to you by email here.