Practices for a Thawing World

Practices for a Thawing World is a long-term Miami-based and globally networked lab organized collaboratively between [NAME] Publications and urban geographer Stephanie Wakefield. The lab organizes programs and produces practical field guides that center around developing and identifying tools for engaging with rapidly changing global conditions. The first two hands-on workshops —led by Jack Shealy and Ozone504—seek to probe what 21st century forms of life and what new practical and ethical networks and ties can look like. These two workshops are part of [NAME]’s on-going commitment to work on a long-term project to think how to live in the future that awaits us.

Free and open to the public with registration.

Location: [NAME] 6572 SW 40th Street, MIAMI, Fl 33155

Session 1

Jack Shealy: Navigating Urban Futures
Saturday, May 14, 2022

What tools are needed to survive, inhabit, and make use of Miami’s future climate changed environment? How to inhabit perpetually flooded cities or obtain clean drinking water if saltwater infiltrates urban aquifers? In this hands-on workshop, Everglades guide and survival skills teacher Jack Shealy—a fourth-generation Gladesman who hosts eco-cultural skills courses (swamp navigation, fishing pole carving, invasive species handling, etc.) for adults and youth in the Everglades—will teach the survival skills he sees as most useful needed to the 21st century urban context: fire, water, shelter, food, desalination. Shealy will demonstrate multiple aspects and applications of these skills, explain their relevance to urban futures, and give participants time and guidance to practice them via hands-on interactive exercises.

What to expect: This workshop is held partially indoors and outdoors, so bring some water, a hat, and sunblock.

Session 2

Bvlbancha Liberation Radio: Sovereignty and Mutual Aid in a Sacrifice Zone
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Ozone504 is a Melungeon autonomist of Monacan, Saponi, & Lenape descent. An underground radio broadcaster, visual artist, and zine magician, he lives within & serves intertribal community in the Afro-Indigenous port city of Bulbancha (the original Chahta name for New Orleans). In this workshop he will discuss the need for cultural, material, and community autonomy in the age of climate change and state failure, with a focus on material tools being developed to build it in the New Orleans context, including: reclaiming indigenous place names, resisting erasure, pirate radio, and Hurricane Ida mutual aid. This workshop will be a practical workshop on how pirate radio can be a tool for weaving other dispositions together in both post-disaster as well as ‘non-disaster’ times.


Free and open to the public with registration.

This program is supported by an Urban Studies Foundation Knowledge Mobilization Grant as well as El Espacio 23, Miami.

Event Details
6572 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155