Collective Overview

The Recomposition Collective is an open-source collective dedicated to prefiguring a radically egalitarian and democratic future through the socialization of technology, with a specific focus on biotechnology developed through observation, understanding, and mimicry of the Living World.

The Present Global Trajectory

Our planet and species face more threats than ever before in human history:

  • Runaway climate change, resource extraction, and intense industrial agriculture are leading us further and further into global ecological cascade and collapse.
  • An all-pervasive culture of consumerism and propetarianism is causing our continuous alienation from all the systems that make our lives possible.
  • Nearly every aspect of our social safety-nets are steadily atrophying, leaving our government as little more than a shell for law-enforcement and the military. This and the aforementioned ecological collapse are leading to rising authoritarianism, in both petro-fascist and eco-fascist forms, among others.
  • Our deep interpersonal connections and community are being replaced by social media, algorithms, and AI, causing further alienation of people from each other, our communities, and ourselves.
  • Social media, once meant to augment and multiply our existing networks of human social relations, has quickly grown to subsume them as algorithms that amplify anger and envy leave us increasingly isolated and unstable.
  • People are becoming so alienated from what it means to be a human being, that not only are we becoming unable to imagine ourselves without capitalism, but we are also becoming unable to comprehend where we, as humans, end, and capitalism, as a system, begins.
  • We are facing rising costs in every aspect of living that matters, while those with power laud themselves over their ability to make pointless widgets of consumption ever cheaper.
  • Things that previous generations took for granted: clean air, clean water, clean soil; are quickly becoming luxuries for those who can afford them, while the rest of us are left to subsist off of what little remains.

Our Vision

We believe that this global trajectory is fundamentally antithetical to the flourishing of a free humanity on our planet.

In contrast to this trajectory:

  • We believe that the systems and methods we use to maintain our species should work with instead of against the living world we live in, and aim to encourage those practices by working with other organisations to rebuild our ecosystem and revitalize our land.
  • We believe that humans deserve to live in a society with deeply intertwined social connections, many available third spaces, and strong connections to each other, our work, and our lives.
  • Unsurprisingly, we oppose the ongoing rise of fascism and the destruction of our social safety-nets. We intend to oppose these things, and while doing so, work together both internally and externally to prefigure and build the social structures we depend on.
  • We aim to, as stated before, fight the proprietization of critical technology and information, and build freely-available, freely-reproducible, and anti-proprietary technology.
  • We aim to build systems where we, as people, can thrive in spite of the oppressive systems we live under, and when those systems inevitably fail, we and groups like us can be there to continue building something better in its place.
  • We aim to work with and connect mutual aid groups, local farms, and the broader community to share resources and information.

What Does That Mean?

Open-source means that, as a part of our approach to prefiguring the future we wish to see, all of the technology we create - be it tools, products, infrastructure, or anything else - will be released publicly, along with all the information required to recreate it, and listed on our website.

Our being a collective means that our organisation is not owned or overseen by any one specific member or set of members, but is instead collectively managed by the general membership.

Prefiguration means that, as a part of creating our desired future, our group and relations are designed to function in similar ways to how we want them to in our desired future, and, when necessary, will be changed to better reflect what is necessary for that future to function.
For instance, we are prefiguring toward our goal of a radically egalitarian and democratic future by running our organisation as a collective.

Our goal of a radically egalitarian and democratic future means that we do not believe that the world, at present, is sufficiently egalitarian or democratic, and that we want to change the world toward being that. Our global society is drastically less equal than it could and should be, and our democracies, where they exist, are simply not sufficiently democratic, nor are nearly enough of the systems and organisations in our world democratic at all.

When we say we want to socialize technology, we mean that we disagree with the present state of critical technology and information being proprietized by megacorporations and the systems of capital, and mean to do our part to combat this proprietization by using copyleft licenses which allow anyone to use our technology and no-one to proprietize it, and by distributing the technology we build freely to those who might use it.

Biotechnology is not meant in nearly such a specific sense as that term is sometimes used: by biotechnology, we mean any knowledge, technology, or technique related to or derived from the Living World, including elements such as bio-inspired design, bio-fabrication, and Social Technology.

The Living World refers to the biosphere we live in and the countless biological systems, relationships, and ecologies present within it. This idea is distinct from the traditional dualistic conception of “Nature” as an external force/presence that exists in opposition to humans/society.

Our Current Timeline

Near Future

In the near future, we will be and are working on:

  • building up our collective mycology labs to serve our local communities,
  • establishing a small workshop for building critical machinery and building up a small-scale plastic recycling operation,
  • making community connections to work with local community partners to increase the biodiversity of local food sources and establish local bio-remediation projects,
  • establishing a network of community partners for development projects and sources of substrate,
  • cementing our community connections, and
  • establishing our operational and logistical infrastructure.

Mid Future

In the mid-future, our goals are to:

  • work on our improved land-management practices, and work with local landowners to help improve timber stands, with a focus on increasing biodiversity while managing the spread of invasive organisms;
  • work with other community partners to establish a community lab for testing soil and water health, and
  • work on bio-fabrication using our existing fungiculture facilities.

Far Future

Long-term, we plan on:

  • experimenting with bioengineering of micro-organisms,
  • experimenting with biocontrols, and
  • utilizing machine-learning systems for large-scale land management.

Current State of the Collective


We currently have one main organising group across multiple cities. As we grow, we aim to split into multiple localized groups.

Our infrastructure is designed and is being set up in such a way as to be extremely easy to set up and run new instances of it with minimal effort and know-how, so that new offshoots can split as easily as possible.


We maintain a culture library: a living library of fungal cultures which we expand when able, both for our own research, but also for our members and anyone in the broader community who is interested in getting involved in mycology. In the future, we may sell cultures for a small fee to cover the cost of materials, but at the moment we provide them for free to our members and community contacts.

We also maintain a physical library of books on fungiculture, bioethics, philosophy, history of radical organising, and a variety of other related topics. This library is currently available to our local members on a lending basis.


All of our original collective projects, once completed, are open-source. When they’re ready, you can find them on our Projects page.

Collective Fungiculture Lab

One of the key resources we are developing is an entirely collective-owned fungiculture lab in a dedicated space, capable of producing professional-quality results.

Laminar Flow Hood

Having a laminar flow hood is essential for any professional-grade fungiculture lab. It allows for a level of aseptic work and quality control that a still-air box cannot match. However, premade laminar flow hoods are very expensive, so we are developing our own open-source laminar flow hood, to reduce the cost to our initial lab, to satellite labs/members, and to the broader community.

Induction Steriliser

A key technology in any lab which is inoculating a large amount of substrate regularly is switching from flame-sterilising tools to using a contactless induction steriliser. Most people start by simply sterilising key tools such as scalpel blades or needles by using alcohol-or-butane-based flames. However, these methods leave a lot to be desired, as they damage the tools, preventing reuse. By switching to an electric induction-sterilising tool, we can hopefully reduce the overhead cost of our fungiculture operations while simultaneously reducing our rate of contamination. We are developing our own casing design for a simple induction steriliser.

3D-Printed Substrate Tamper

Compacting substrate in PF-Tek jars takes longer and is messier when using one’s hands, so we created a 3D-printable tamper to make the job easier and faster.

Community Dye Program

In concert with a number of local organisations and individuals, particularly Hamilton Craft Studios, we are in the process of establishing a project to provide local alternatives to petrochemical dyes and fibres while reducing waste and removing invasive plants, by using a combination of cultivated dye plants and removed local invasive plants to create dyes and fibres for local partners and customers.

Plastic-Recycling Workshop

One of the key pieces of waste that we see a lot of locally is plastic. Short of major industrial plastic recycling operations, the ability to effectively recycle plastic is not available at a consumer level.

In Canada, we produce over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste, yearly. Only 9% of that plastic is even theoretically recycled, and much of the plastic that is claimed to be recycled is, in fact, not.

There have been a number of projects to develop open-source plastic-recycling machinery, most notably Precious Plastic. We aim to use these technologies to set up and run small-scale plastic recycling, the output of which we will then use to create and sell tools, devices, art, and more, to help our community and to grow the collective’s resources.

Plastic-Recycling Machinery

We are presently assembling parts for the basic recycling machines, such as shredders, extruders, and injection-moulding stations.

This is not currently our primary focus, as we are presently primarily focusing on our fungiculture labs and collective infrastructure so that we have the resources and space necessary for this and other projects.

3D Printers

We currently have several 3D printers set up for producing products and prototypes, and are working on improving them to be faster, higher-quality, and more reliable.

Our Current Needs


Funding and Finances

We are currently running in a very ad-hoc manner, particularly financially, and are in the process of transitioning to more scalable, effective, transparent, and accountable methods for collecting and managing funds.

Once that is complete, we can begin to handle a virtual storefront, accept large-scale donations, handle grants, manage other forms of income, and start to work on larger-scale projects.

Collective Website

This website is currently far-from-complete, and will eventually include much more information about us, our work, our partners, and the many ways for you to interact with those things.

Documents and Procedures

As stated above, we are presently running in a relatively ad-hoc manner. We are in the process of compiling proper documents to describe the running of the organisation, and formalizing and streamlining our procedures, especially in regards to onboarding new members.


Presently, we are in need of:

  • parts and materials for the plastic-recycling machinery;
  • local lab spaces for fungiculture, and later for other projects like the plastic recycling project;
  • and fungiculture substrate, including logs, stumps, sawdust, and agricultural waste.


We are primarily looking for members with experience in organising, mycology, plant propagation, forestry and arbory, 3D printing, grant/crowdfunding applications, computer programming, and geographic information systems.

In addition, we are also very open to new members who don’t have those skills, but who are looking to build them, and/or have other skills and interests which they think could be useful for our group.

We’re very invested in creating and sustaining a friendly and positive environment, and if you like what we’re doing, we’d love to talk to you!

How to Get Involved?

Right now, the best ways to get in contact with us are via our email or our social media.

In the future, we intend to also have a readily-accessible onboarding form for people who are interested in joining us, but, at present, that is not fully functional.

Our email is, and our Instagram is recompositioncollective.

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