The mission of SEEDS is to prepare participants to be creative change agents at both the community level, and as part of movements that are national and international in scope. Through workshops, consciousness-raising art actions, and demonstration projects, SEEDS aims to highlight the complex interrelationships of ecological processes and social institutions, and develop visions, strategies, and practical resources toward building a society where humans may live more in harmony with each other and with the natural world. The core insight of social ecology is the recognition that the project to dominate the natural world for the benefit of a few stems from a long history of systems of domination and oppression. We must therefore work to overcome all forms of injustice and oppression, as well as foster the skillful application of ecologically sound technologies and counter-institutions.
One of our key missions in this moment is to help others use art to interrupt the trance of dominant culture, particularly in relation to the climate emergency, racial justice, social polarization, and economic insecurities. Envisioning the world we want to live in and taking steps to make those dreams visible is essential work for this time.
In the summer of 1988, Bob Spivey attended a month-long program of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) held on the campus of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. With activists of varying ages from all over the world, and classes in such areas as bioregional agriculture, ecofeminism, eco-technology, community health, and social theory, it was a utopic and “socio-erotic” experience that has nourished his activism since that time.