Welcome to ‘The Bushy’

Welcome! Bush Mechanics and Artificers Guild of Australia and New Zealand (BMAGANZ) – an emergent peer-versity.

The concepts behind the content are as detailed in particular on http://www.kal.net.au Adult Learning button on Left Hand Side & directly http://www.kalgrove.com/adultlearning/ and http://science-artificer.iwarp.com/index.html .

The BUSHY may be defined as:

someone who while being deeply and broadly technically skilled is reflexively orientated and who ethically and participatively explores the big picture and prioritises, chooses, designs and enacts forward wisely by creatively developing prototypes towards a world transformed. [Paul Wildman 15-12-03]

French: Bricoleur – A bricoleur is a ‘Jack of all trades or a kind of tinkerer, a professional do-it-yourself person.’ There are many kinds of bricoleurs – interpretive, narrative, theoretical, practical and political. The bricoleur produces a bricolage – that is, a pieced-together set of representations or components that are fitted to the specifics of a complex situation [closest English equivalent – tinkerer – though usually used disparagingly]

French: L’esprit Accor – is the art of blending skills, of combining traditions of the past with the modern innovation, adding the generosity, discipline, imagination and warmth which can carry our work to a higher level of excellence. L’esprit Accor then is a transforming vision of success (the closest English equivalent is – efficacious magnanimousness/morale – 20 per cent fit).

Bush Mechanic in other languages Ummanu http://www.piney.com/BabGloss.html The Seven Sages, who wrote the great epic poems such as those of Erra and Gilgamesh in the Babylonian epics. ‘Ammenon, another of the forms into which Enmenluanna was corrupted, is in

(1) Akkadian ummanu, ‘artificer,’ ‘artisan,’ which, when translated into Hebrew, becomes Kenan and in an abbreviated form, Cain.’ (George Barton). In the Apocalyptic literature Jubal, Jabal, Tubal-Cain and Naamah are all summed up under the name Genun. Pilikam,

(2) Sumerian ‘with intelligence to build.’] In

(3) Babylonian Semitic it would be literally Ina-uzni-eresu, or, ummanu, ‘artificer.’

The (4) Hebrew translation of this is Kenan, which means ‘artificer.’ Also Melamkish gives us the Hebrew Lamech by the simple elision of the first and last consonants. Langdon makes the suggestion that Lamech is the Sumerian, Luma, an epithet of the Babylonian god Ea as the patron of music. (Barton, George, Archaeology and the Bible, p. 323). No. 4 on the list, Ammenon is the Babylonian Ummanu, meaning ‘artificer,’ and is the equivalent of Kenan (Cainan) which means ‘smith.’

(5) Hindi Jugaadu – artisan.

(6) American – farmer astronaut. Juggad. n. an improvised or jury-rigged solution; inventiveness, ingenuity. Jugaad literally means a work around, which have to be used because of lack of resources and will power. This is a Hindi term also widely used by people speaking other Indian languages, and people of Indian Origin around the word. Jugaado/Jugaadu a person who practices Jugaad [see http://www.jugaadu.com/ ].

(7) French bricoleur.

In (8) ancient Greece a word also often used for craftsman was demioergos (public~demios and productive~ergon).

(9) Japanese daiku – the carpenter the great among craftsmen he is the master builder and the designer through the use of his carpenters sketch book where ideas, prototypes and experiences are recorded via. Tatami layout (tatami are floor units that link all rooms in a common denominator were originally a mat the size of two men sitting and eventually came to mean the whole floor unit of about 1x2mtrs) sketch of floor plans which is drawn by the family that will live in the home in conjunction with the daiku in order to achieve Enfilade [old French – to thread a needle – from Sennett (2008:259&263)]

The sequence of, interface and flow between, rooms of a house so that one room yields gracefully to another – based on floor plan and door design, generally with a vista down the length of the building viz. Queenslander hallway ~ in all a crucial aspect of architectural design. Other terms: sub-altern, demiurge, practical philosopher, futuring, critical futures praxiser, anticipatory action learner, Prohairesist – Greek for one who chooses ahead wisely – (Bushie extended to acting ahead wisely); one who practices Poietal knowledge ((10) Greek) viz. producing – forming and making and therefore designing – i.e. artificing; Phronesisist – Greek for one who practices wise action, practical wisdom (Bushie actually!!) ethical praxis. Creactivist (Paul Wildman).

In Australia there is a term for someone who can act forward wisely and solve problems with what is available while developing innovations ‘in the field’ so to speak that respond to broader needs – this person is called a ‘Artificer’. NB: A Artificer is committed to the use of personal ingenuity for self reliance and excellence at her task of developing innovative exemplar project and is not to be confused with a ‘backyard mechanic’ who does shoddy work.

The Artificer is deeply ingrained into the Australian national psyche indeed the runner up for the national anthem – Waltzing Matilda – is about a bushie who steals a sheep for food and ultimately takes his own life rather than be caught by the law. Conventionally a bushie is someone who can fix a practical problem with ‘fencing wire’ and do a great job to boot and the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Artificer series (see web site section in resources) literally shows just that particularly in indigenous communities.


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