Jonathan Elijah is creating cultural transformation
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Hello out there! How's it going? My name is Jonathan Elijah and I'm here today to say some things about what I do, and why I think it’s worth supporting.

Our culture is sort of a disaster—sick and dying. It teaches that material productivity is the point of life, while turning a blind eye to our collective well-being. The wealthiest 3% control nearly all of our resources, manufacturing a false sense of scarcity - which pits us against each other for the scraps. Divided and overworked, humans become lazy, greedy, and apathetic- and then in a final twist of the blade, those in power point to these desperate behaviors as justification for denying us access to resources in the first place.

But underneath all of that, seeds are being planted for a new way of being. My goal has long been to collect and nurture a robust strain of culture - one that we can use to inoculate the resource-rich husk of our dying world.

I’m talking about a culture that embraces the interconnectedness of all of life as our essential medicine, and racial justice as an urgent necessity. A culture that puts capital back in its place - as a tool and not a god. A culture that is capable of radically reimagining the limits of gender and relationships. One that understands and supports unschooling as a way of life.

I have found that the most effective way for me to both spread and collect these bits of culture is to bring myself to people, rather than trying to get them to come to me. Folks are simply too busy, locked into their routines. So instead, I make the time to drop in on your life - to stop by for tea, join the party, or maybe sleep on your couch for a couple of nights. Everywhere I go, in addition to the nonstop cultural exchange and deepening of bonds that is the core of what I do -- I also make myself of practical use.

For example, I recently spent a few nights at my grandma’s. Over dinner I explained to her what I’ve been up to, and the next morning she woke up knowing just what to do with me. She invited me to trim the bushes, visit her friend the next street over who’s unschooling her children, and laid out all of the ingredients for baking her usual banana nut cookies—all only if I wanted to, and of course I did! A perfect day….

Another fun example is a lovely community house I discovered in Portland. I was such quick friends with so many folks there that they weren’t quite sure who’d brought me home. I cooked and cleaned, tended to the garden, and helped set up for a house show, where I did my usual house-show thing: working to set the room at ease, casually chatting with shy looking folks, bantering with the band, kicking off the dancing, instigating whistles and hoots during the usual staid applause, sinking into many a deep conversation, and of course, sticking around to tidy up the next day.

But what I later heard back from them was that what really set me apart was the fact that once things had settled down, I didn’t nervously pepper them with small talk; they were blown away by the long, comfortable silences, and welcomed me to come sleep there any time, no heads-up necessary.

However, finding places to sleep for free isn’t quite enough to make possible what I do. I like living scrappy, so a little goes quite a long way for me. If you’d like to hire me to work around your house, I’m fast and thorough and I enjoy it. But out of everything that I do, nothing gives me as deep a feeling of time well spent as the varied, subtle and deep conversations I’m really good at. Seeking support for that practice is why I am here today.

Part of the magic for me is keeping those offerings spontaneous and free of charge -- with folks who would never think to hire me for such things and maybe couldn’t afford it even if they did. I want as much of my time as possible to be spent in connecting with others about the better world we can have, and I want to have enough money to buy a winter coat, bus tokens, and maybe to be able to every once in while eat take-out that I didn’t snag from a dumpster.

But more than any of that, I want to know who out there believes in what I am doing. So please consider becoming a patron, even for $5 a month, and that will let me know I’m having some sort of positive effect, and that I’m on the right path.

Thank you so much for watching and reading, and I hope that we can spend some time together soon.
Tiers
Almost a pound of rice ~
$1 or more per month

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Every bus token counts <3
$3 or more per month
Admission to a "fancy" show
$7 or more per month

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Train and back to Grandma's
$12 or more per month


Plenty to share <333
$21 or more per month

Join the team & get connected

**Jackpot**
$52 or more per month

Tell me what you'd like more of!

Hello out there! How's it going? My name is Jonathan Elijah and I'm here today to say some things about what I do, and why I think it’s worth supporting.

Our culture is sort of a disaster—sick and dying. It teaches that material productivity is the point of life, while turning a blind eye to our collective well-being. The wealthiest 3% control nearly all of our resources, manufacturing a false sense of scarcity - which pits us against each other for the scraps. Divided and overworked, humans become lazy, greedy, and apathetic- and then in a final twist of the blade, those in power point to these desperate behaviors as justification for denying us access to resources in the first place.

But underneath all of that, seeds are being planted for a new way of being. My goal has long been to collect and nurture a robust strain of culture - one that we can use to inoculate the resource-rich husk of our dying world.

I’m talking about a culture that embraces the interconnectedness of all of life as our essential medicine, and racial justice as an urgent necessity. A culture that puts capital back in its place - as a tool and not a god. A culture that is capable of radically reimagining the limits of gender and relationships. One that understands and supports unschooling as a way of life.

I have found that the most effective way for me to both spread and collect these bits of culture is to bring myself to people, rather than trying to get them to come to me. Folks are simply too busy, locked into their routines. So instead, I make the time to drop in on your life - to stop by for tea, join the party, or maybe sleep on your couch for a couple of nights. Everywhere I go, in addition to the nonstop cultural exchange and deepening of bonds that is the core of what I do -- I also make myself of practical use.

For example, I recently spent a few nights at my grandma’s. Over dinner I explained to her what I’ve been up to, and the next morning she woke up knowing just what to do with me. She invited me to trim the bushes, visit her friend the next street over who’s unschooling her children, and laid out all of the ingredients for baking her usual banana nut cookies—all only if I wanted to, and of course I did! A perfect day….

Another fun example is a lovely community house I discovered in Portland. I was such quick friends with so many folks there that they weren’t quite sure who’d brought me home. I cooked and cleaned, tended to the garden, and helped set up for a house show, where I did my usual house-show thing: working to set the room at ease, casually chatting with shy looking folks, bantering with the band, kicking off the dancing, instigating whistles and hoots during the usual staid applause, sinking into many a deep conversation, and of course, sticking around to tidy up the next day.

But what I later heard back from them was that what really set me apart was the fact that once things had settled down, I didn’t nervously pepper them with small talk; they were blown away by the long, comfortable silences, and welcomed me to come sleep there any time, no heads-up necessary.

However, finding places to sleep for free isn’t quite enough to make possible what I do. I like living scrappy, so a little goes quite a long way for me. If you’d like to hire me to work around your house, I’m fast and thorough and I enjoy it. But out of everything that I do, nothing gives me as deep a feeling of time well spent as the varied, subtle and deep conversations I’m really good at. Seeking support for that practice is why I am here today.

Part of the magic for me is keeping those offerings spontaneous and free of charge -- with folks who would never think to hire me for such things and maybe couldn’t afford it even if they did. I want as much of my time as possible to be spent in connecting with others about the better world we can have, and I want to have enough money to buy a winter coat, bus tokens, and maybe to be able to every once in while eat take-out that I didn’t snag from a dumpster.

But more than any of that, I want to know who out there believes in what I am doing. So please consider becoming a patron, even for $5 a month, and that will let me know I’m having some sort of positive effect, and that I’m on the right path.

Thank you so much for watching and reading, and I hope that we can spend some time together soon.

Recent posts by Jonathan Elijah

Tiers
Almost a pound of rice ~
$1 or more per month

Join the team & get connected

Every bus token counts <3
$3 or more per month
Admission to a "fancy" show
$7 or more per month

Join the team & get connected

Train and back to Grandma's
$12 or more per month


Plenty to share <333
$21 or more per month

Join the team & get connected

**Jackpot**
$52 or more per month

Tell me what you'd like more of!