Microacts: Towards a New Collectivism

New Collectivism (n): Collective actions to transform urban and social realities by connecting individuals and communities with shared interests in specific spaces.

The most effective way of transforming ones life or space is through collective actions and self organization. In Moscow, New York, New Delhi, Sao Paolo, Cape Town, communities and individuals have recognized their right to the city and the problem of passively waiting for governments and other agencies to address issues of quality of life, which are often subjective. Citizens are the new experts, and cities need to be re-oriented around their needs and desires. Now is the time to develop a new model for community collaborations.

Microacts are based on belief in the power of small, everyday actions to transform urban realities.

Microact (n): ideas and actions to achieve the goal of a new collectivism.


Micro-coordination is based on the ideas of Manuel Castells demonstrating that ICTs constitute an extension of conventional and traditional communications and hold the potential for changing spatial organization in cities.

Micro-environments were first discussed by Saskia Sassen referencing Hamel et al 2002, and the idea that cities connect in multiple geographies and micro-sites and micro-transitions.

Micro-politics were proposed by Deluze and Gattari as a way of connecting  art and politics. As a concept, “micropolitics” work to identify spaces or processes to articulate a relationship between community and artistic work.