Image: Sprint Mill, Cumbria: I can only describe it as a celebration of human energy and the pace of nature without machination

The inspiration and guidance from seed to fruit of this project is not without the help of our wise teachers and groups that have been at our side along the way, and to those kind folk who put them in front of us, thank you. Please contact us to add more!

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Harrison, F. (1986) ’The Living Landscape’, Mandarin: London England

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Knoope, I. (2013) ’Inge Knoope on Max-Neefe’ October 2013

Fresh Start, Land Enterprise Centre (2016) 'The Land Partnerships Handbook', http://freshstartlandenterprise.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/LP-Handbook-2nd-Edition-Final-Print-Web-Version.pdf 

Laughton, R. (2008) ‘Surviving and Thriving on the Land: How to use your time and energy to run a successful smallholding’, Green Books, England

Mabey, R. (2008) ‘Nature Cure’, Vintage: London, England

NovoEd (2016) ’Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design’, Acumen, IDEO 

Office for National Statistics. “What does the 2011 Census tell us about our transport system? Initial Results from the 2011 Census”, Health and Transport Forum, January 2014

Regenerative Leadership Institute: Introduction to Regenerative Permaculture Design

Presencing Institute, MIT USA (2015), ‘ULab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self’ 

Social Enterprise Works (2015) ’Proposition paper for social enterprise to recognised and promoted as a priority sector in the West of England.’ 

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Walters, N (2014) Creative commissioning - the Social Value Act in practice

Williams. R. (1973) ‘The Country & The City’, Spokesman Books, England  

WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)  'Living & Learning On Organic Farms: Your Introduction To Learning As A Volunteer On An Organic Farm', http://www.wwoof.org.uk/latest-news/incredible-downloadable-lloof-guide

 

A call for Coexistence

The world is always changing. Nothing stays the same. All of reality is temporal and each of us now living will die, some of us sooner than others.  Maybe as beings conscious of our humble place in the world we have a responsibility. Maybe that responsibility requires us to be braver than we could ever imagine. Maybe that bravery starts with remembering, remembering we are not separate from nature but that we are nature. Maybe that bravery is a kind of vulnerability, as glaciers to the sun. Maybe our role in this brave new world is bigger than we think. Maybe the ingredients we are cooking with and the recipes we are making are nourishing to people anywhere and everywhere. Maybe we have a responsibility to share what we know.

Everyone wants to feel a part of something. Everyone has the opportunity to inspire others, even in the silent absence of their voice. To learn from the Iroquois indian tradition may we consider that "In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine." In their tradition the impacts apon the children born 7 generations or some 140 years into the future are of central importance. Not only that but do these decisions enhance the balance and quality of the world around those children. It seems to me that if we are going to be an example to others in our microscopic corner of the 21st century then we could do well to learn from the Iroquois’ example.

When we start to see ourselves as a part of a bigger story we begin to realize the connected and cyclical nature of all things. As we begin to embrace the wisdom inherent within natural cycles, maybe let us explore not just the shape of our oscillating attention span, our nightly sleep, the moon, tides and menstruation or even our yearly journey around the sun. Perhaps we could think wider and longer in order to be able to approach the future with the wisdom, strength and the humility we will need.

There’s an old saying that says you can only see back as far as you can see forward. Maybe we need to remember the life and times of our parents and our parents parents, and so on 7 generations back to our ancestors, their lives, their plights, their abundance, their wars, their hunger, their migration, their diseases, their beliefs, their faith, their lack of faith, their connection to nature and when that began to break, their confusion in the face of change and their hopes for a better future.

Our tiny little corner of the 21st century is rich and abundant in so many ways, and as, place of birth is the biggest indicator of wellbeing and long life, we are all exceptionally lucky.

As we all know the conditions of abundance that we experience are not built upon solid ground, as we import the future fertility of Kenyan farmers for our year round roses and plunder rain-forests for our steaks and soya lattes we have a long way to go on the journey to resilience.

We have a responsibility in our tiny corner of the 21st century to nurture the conditions for Coexistence. By Coexistence in this case I mean to create spaces in which people can dream 7 generations into the future and 7 generations back, places in which the quality of connectedness and being nature, rather than being separate from nature is celebrated and shared, a place in which the means for abundance can be re-imagined, a place in which chaordic leadership meets chaos and creates harmony.

We have an opportunity and a responsibility. There are no guarantees that the earth will continue to support humanity given our wanton arrogance. We have an opportunity to see our purpose as part of a bigger story. We have an opportunity to inspire others to explore old and new ways of doing things, we have an opportunity to shine a light of aspiration and hope into our tiny corner of the 21st century. This is our responsibility. What an honour to demonstrate purpose in the face of nihilism, what an honour to be able to respect the life of our ancestors and prodigy equally.

In our work we are creating spaces of harmony and resilience, of sustenance and balance. Let our role in the world be full of purpose and potency, let our approach be lined with laughter and learning, with creative fervor, with shared wisdom, with humble silence and occasional tears, with ambition and with balance.

Each one of us shines a light and casts a shadow, each one of us is alive right now and will die one day. Lets make the most of our precious opportunities while they last so that in years to come people will look back from 7 generations in the future and see a bright light shining.

 Jamie Pike - April 2016