Writing about knit bombers the other day got me thinking about the quality-of-life improving guerrillas we have out there today. How did it begin? First there was Sun Tzu and his book that vengeful, calculating or just plain macho dudes in movies like to quote, The Art of War. He advocated the use of guerrilla tactics:
Unfortunately between Sun Tzu’s time and the present, most references to guerrilla tactics are in relation to violence and war. Thankfully, some passionate people have found more positive uses for guerrilla tactics today. Here’s a look at a few:
image from Socal Guerrilla Gardening
Guerrilla Gardening. The first time I heard about a new style of urban guerrillas, it was guerrilla gardeners. When the movement started gaining momentum about 7 years ago, these garden warriors did their dirty work under the dark of night, sometimes donning vests that made them look like municipal workers. Now the movement has become so widespread that these guerrillas are pretty comfortable filling yucky abandoned urban patches with flora in the middle of the day.
Next there were knit bombers, which we covered last week.
image/idea/carrying out of idea by John Locke
In the past year, we have had guerrilla … librarians? If the word guerrilla conjures up Sandinistas, this sounds like an oxymoron. However, these book sharers are lending out books everywhere from New York City phone booths to right next to their own mailboxes in the suburbs. This project may make those who are glued to their smartphones look up and engage with an actual book. It’s also a great use of phone booths, which are well on their way to becoming non-functioning ugly urban sculptures, thanks to the aforementioned smartphones.
If you’re interested in your own little library, you can learn more and order one at LittleFreeLibrary.com.
Now, for my question – what do you think the next guerrilla movement will be? Are you heading one up? Noticed one growing? Let us know in the Comments Section!
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!