Medium Short: Composting Colonialism

A week of voicing and holding the troubles

B. Lorraine Smith
4 min readAug 18


There is a lot of construction underway in Montreal. Pictured here, the city is working to improve an intersection of car and bike lanes. It’s likely going to improve matters somewhat, but nothing like we might imagine once we’ve understood Colonial Urbanism. Helmet optional. (Photo by me last week.)

Welcome to the latest Medium Short, a weekly accountability practice highlighting what I’m up to along the unmarked trail to #IndustrialHealing.

To sum up the week, I’ll begin with the most accessible form of peaceful anarchy I can muster. Then I’ll share a new podcast adventure, and an update from Medium Day. I’ll round out this week’s update with a grateful nod to the composting and voicing of Colonial Urbanism.

If in doubt, compost

I have been worm composting for a long time. I was first exposed to it by the mighty Sarah Climenhaga in 1996 and it’s been important to me ever since.

When the week started to feel a bit much, I decided to shove everything aside and do the most useful thing I could think of: share knowledge on worm composting.

I published Love in a time of worm composting.

This is one way to deal with my shit, so to speak. Curiously, so far it’s the least read piece that I’ve ever published here. Maybe it’s the title?

Giving voice to what matters

I continue to dig into corporate disclosures, sharing what I believe serves industrial decision-makers to fulfill more life-affirming corporate purposes. That’s my focus over in the Matereal World.

To make the data sets and observations more accessible (since long-form essays are not for everyone… right up there with worm composting (so far)) I launched the Matereal World podcast this week. I started with the audio version of Lies at the nexus of business and policy:



Over there, now

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B. Lorraine Smith

Recovering ESG "expert"; yarn spinner; distance runner; magical realist. Sensing a path to an economy serving life. also at