Alexandra Borsari - European nomad
Alexandra Borsari - European nomad

Land sailing between physical and social worlds

Freelance social scientist, Itinerant initiatives for Transition (ITA)  and Anthropik member, I'm looking for tools to make European societies more inclusive but also more diverse and tolerant. Like many others, one of the most important mysteries I'm working on is the link between the individual and the group: maybe the main question of social sciences.

My approach to this issue is related to individual freedom and political diversity. As for the biological sphere, we should recognize the need for a greater political range of systems to which we could switch depending on the moment or the topic. This is my aim: to find and create small areas of freedom to protect and develop.

My nomadic life allows me to meet much more people than before, and, moreover, to meet them in a better way. I'm not moving fast and I spend sometimes weeks in the same place. My slow pace is a condition to create great encounters. Of course, it happens to me to go faster, but travelling slowly, with various stops, is more to my taste. I travel mainly from garden to garden, thanks to my wonderful friends! And when I'm not in a trailer friendly garden, I stop in collaborative places to work, think and exchange with other nomadic people, researchers, workers, makers... before sailing back in more mainstream waters with those who think they are stuck in the "system" (mass consumerism, debts...) whereas they are shaping new ingenious ways of dealing with social constraints. The inspiration I get with all of them is my fuel to map out routes that are not only alternative ways, not only standards ones: routes on transition.

My mobile home is like a ship on earth, navigating with wheels to explore social flows and freedom islands to learn how to row against the dominating tide. I'm not exactly an activist, even less an academic researcher: rather a citizen-researcher-gatherer living a life that suits me on the road and trying to do my part to make this world a better place. I'm not sure we will succeed but it would be unthinkable not to try. This is a serious quest, but it's also a merry one, full of hope, sympathy and friendship.


To be consistent with this quest, I'm also working on materiality: how can I change ordinary routines but also the way I move and dwell. I hope to get rid of oil within 2 or 3 years and to continue on my journey with maybe a solar cargo bike.


Among other details, you will find information on my geographical and reflexive paths, links to download my first novel (in French) and, within the fall of 2019, my nomadic 2 first years log-book (mainly in French but I'm thinking about translating large excerpts).

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