You are the creators of hope!
''What if we take this moment in time to imagine how we could redesign – or metamorphose – our world? Could we use this as a global opportunity to reevaluate our priorities and our possibilities? What if we weren’t complacent in our return to “normal”? Instead of hastily reassembling the old building blocks, we instead set about rebuilding our world based on nature’s principles that have stood the test of time and continue to thrive on this planet.
This is our vision for biomimicry: changing the way that we design our world so that our cities, homes, products, and organizations can be more resilient and regenerative''.
“The possibility that human and other life
will flourish on the planet forever”
John R. Ehrenfeld
Creativity & Sustainability
“Creativity (the generation of new forms)
is a key property of all living systems
and contributes to
nature’s inherent ability to sustain life.”
Fritjof Capra 2009
''A wonderful metaphor has arisen on social media recently that seems comforting during this strange time. It is the idea that we’ve been forced to go into a kind of metamorphosis: hunkering down in isolation, breaking down the form that once was, and re-emerging as a beautiful new creature, ready for the next phase of life and a new role in the ecosystem.
So what Kind of Future do we want?
What do we want to sustain?
For whom? For how long?
What is essential for Quality of Life
What three things that most contribute to your quality of life?
How do we address problems in the context of interdependence?
Lessons from living things: What if we could emulate nature’s thriving ecosystems that continue to grow and develop while building the overall health of the system?
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
~ Albert Einstein
From the fundamentals of growing soil, cleaning the air, and purifying water, to creating the more complex concepts of generating value and wealth from renewable resources that are abundant, because they are cycled continuously – our new normal could be one where every diverse organism plays a part (there is no unemployment), and value is exchanged in local, diverse communities that scale through networks and distributed systems.
Nature’s ecosystems have evolved complex processes for adapting and being resilient to disease, disruption, and dynamic contexts. It is not the strongest that survive, but rather those who can adapt to changing conditions.
Eco-visionary: Calling all change-makers to
‘Learn Biomimicry’ with Grade 9 Physics with Ms. Dana in their Green building design while they practice life principles and biomimicry, and life-friendly technology
We beg to ask, what is wrong with the way we do business and the way we consume?
How can we create a sustainable economy?
et's take shampoo as an exampleL
o how often you use shampoo to wash your hair?
o how much one bottle of shampoo costs?
o how long it takes to use one bottle of shampoo?
o what materials/ingredients are in shampoo?
o what chemicals are in the shampoo and what processes factories use to make it?
o where those factories are?
o how employees at these factories are treated?
o how the shampoo was packaged — including the bottle?
What materials went into the packaging? Who made that packaging?
Where does that packaging go once you are done with it?
Grade 10 Chemistry with Ms. Dana model
How you noticed the quality and quantity of waste and littering in your neighborhood?
What are the good changes you have seen?
How can we avoid the negative impact of this waste?
“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food.”
— Wendell Berry
‘’The creation and support of local food economies, based on the sustainable use of renewable local resources, are the most important first step in creating health and resilience at the regional scale. Paying more attention to what we are eating and where it comes from and making responsible choices will not only improve our health but also the health of our communities, the health of local ecosystems and the health of the planet as a whole’’.
Mind, Body and Soul
Read: Surviving Isolation: A Lesson From 5 Astronauts. Can't handle two weeks in your house? Try a year in space.
VISION FOR AFRICA
I am sitting under a palm tree
My eyes are closed
There’s a cool breeze blowing
I see a small stream
It is swelling, swelling
I see a lot of water but not a flood
This water is taking a strange shape
Water in a shape of a triangle
Yes, water covering the whole triangle
Water, a lot of water but not a flood
A triangle . . .
I see a highway going from N’Djamena to
Windjhek through Adamaoua and Bitam
Oh . . .
Big trucks on the highway!
I see long trucks
What are these trucks carrying?
Well, one just stopped in front of
A Golden Palace
It is offloading
Bags, boxes, cases of what!
Bags of corn
Cases of okra
Boxes of cassava
Modern trucks, on beautiful
Highways stopping in front of
A golden Palace and you
Tell me they are carrying
Just plain cassava?
Ah . . .
I see a Head of government
Followed by an elegant first lady
Holding a delicate little princess
They just entered their
They are eating
They are eating okra and gari
They are eating mangoes and pawpaws
They are eating the food
Their people grow
They are eating the food of their land
I see many learned people
Holding books but speaking
Oh . . .
A university in a village!
I am now in a classroom
No, I can’t believe it
They are teaching science
In Zulu not Afrikaans
I see a college of women farmers
They are graduating right here
In the village
I see Sahara green
I see Kalahari desert filled with cotton.
Cotton fields again?
Don’t tell me we are back to slavery
With people singing
Not sad songs . . .
They are not crying
They are singing Makossa!
Trucks on highways again
But this time they go across
Benin and Ouagadougou
Trucks filled with cotton
They stop in Kumasi
Offload cotton and
Load the finest Kente cloth
They stop in Bamako
Offload cotton and
Load the most colorful tie-dye
They stop in Kano
Offload cotton and
Then I see a crowd
Women, men, children
They are peaceful and proud
All the men look like royals
In their cotton robes
Women in their Kaba ngondos
Complemented by large turbans
Exude confidence and pride
I see a wonderful choir
Composed of young people
Coming from north, South, East and West
They are all wrapped in Kente cloth
They walk along the gardens of Achimota College
Singing with one voice
Who are the designers of these beautiful clothes?
Who are the masterminds
Celebrating the beauty of our people?
Not Christian Dior
Water not a flood
Cassava eaten in a golden palace
A college of women farmers
Choirs dressed in Kente cloth