These 7 self-making practices are a response to UW Geographer Matt Sparke’s
satirical “Seven Habits of Highly Successful Neoliberals”
i) Contextual responsibility — a reflective awareness that individuals exist within historical, social, and personal contexts, which then fosters understanding of both oneself and others.
ii) Generative collaboration — involving members of a community using risk-taking, exploration, and competition to generate better ideas and experiences for the common good.
iii) Social Enrichment — viewing diverse, non-economic aspects of life like education, art, love, health, eating, parenting, and religion/spirituality, as valuable investments for the self and community - not as accessories to further one’s status.
iv) Self-Cultivation — involving the growth and refinement of the self based upon one’s own beliefs and the constantly-changing nature of one’s environment; an active self-reflection.
v) Interactive-Conscientiousness — respecting personal background and experience when engaging in discourse; exercising cultural competence and attention to personal triggers.
vi) Rhizomatic-Reciprocity — being flexible and accommodating towards change and opportunity; embracing not only vertical growth, but also horizontal exploration.
vii) Cultural-inclusivity — the acceptance of things/people perceived as different or lesser, and acknowledging their significance - reflecting on the question, “We’re all sitting at the table, but who’s allowed to speak?”