The Personal Autonomy Experiment

posted 6 Jul 2011, 03:21 by Tony Carroll
Mark and Dawn are The Personal Autonomy Experiment and they will be at the Garden Gorilla Allotment Arena in Barkers Pool from midday on Friday / Saturday / Sunday.

In Mark's own words;

We’ve always thought of ourselves as a bit rebellious. Not ones to accept the authority of others easily. But having spent our lives working for other people, and being rewarded in our later careers with redundancy, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all a bit of a mug’s game.

But what are the alternatives and why do they all have such a negative image? The words “drop out”, “hippy”, “anarchist” all spring to mind. Perhaps a much better term is “Personal Autonomy”; a state of self-reliance without the need to accept the authority of others.

The Personal Autonomy Experiment is an enterprise that uses our skills, knowledge and resources to establish a sustainable, self-reliant way of living, without the need for a salaried job. We hope that what we learn will be of help to other people in our community, from people forced to retire early in a difficult jobs market, to those who want to improve their quality of life through better food or people who simply want to reduce their utility bills.

“I quit work, and we become as damn near self-sufficient as possible……it’ll be damned hard work, we won’t have much in the way of mod’ con’s but we might even enjoy discovering what we can do without, and we won’t need the world and his wife to give us the ‘ya” or “na”. It’ll be just us, doing it for us.”

Tom,Good – The Good Life – Episode 1 c BBC tv