We work to rebalance
against all odds.
From educators to scientists, policymakers to artists, we give people and organizations a space and platform to innovate and incubate their work, converging people across fields and identities who otherwise may not intersect. As things get more polarized, more reactive, more crisis-filled, fostering diverse creativity across sectors and identities might be the most radical and necessary thing we can do with an uncertain future.
From educators to scientists, policymakers to artists, we give people and organizations a space and platform to innovate and incubate their work, converging people across fields and identities who otherwise may not intersect.
Jelly Bean Estimate
Yes, we have huge visions.
We also have grit, stamina and friends.
It's time we invest in people, ideas & systems with the courage to change.
A space to get creative and reimagine. A space to intersect, challenge and check each other.
To support the people, ideas and systems making holes in what is to see what could be.
It's time we invest in people, ideas & systems courageous enough to change.
The stakes have never been so high
We need a space to gather, challenge, expand and create. We need a space to get it together.
Art by Ricardo Levins Morales
TWO YEARS AGO we started our search for a property . . .
Since then we have searched high and low, traversed the Catskills, visited over 15 properties and realized we found what we were looking for right at the start. We wrote the owners a letter and they are excited to have Holes in the Wall Collective call this their home.
A space to support the people, ideas & systems that are here with the courage to change.
It's time we invest in people, ideas & systems that are courageous enough to change.
LITERALLY. SOCIALLY. POLITICALLY.
And for that, we need as much creativity as possible.
Why the C2R2A?
A space for Artists
A space for Educators
A space for Policy makers
A space for economists
A space for Poets
A space for engineers
A space for Film Makers
A space for Designers
A space for physicists
A space for Dancers
A space for scientists
TO HOLD SPACE FOR THE WORK ALREADY BEING DONE & THE WORK YET TO COME
There is already so much amazing work being done. But people need time, space and resources away from their context. And they need to be in creative convergence with people that don’t think like, look like or do what they do. The Center is a place where ideas can take root and where creativity has room to grow legs and be accountable to itself and others. To build & experiment with ideas and systems to support life better than it’s being supported now. Like regenerative agriculture, circular design, horizontal education, equitable algorithms...
By housing our Center in a rural context close to New York City, we will actively incorporate the intelligence that is nurtured by a diversity of nature and a diversity of human-centered culture. Especially with many of our participants coming from city contexts, we feel the importance of seeking bridges, learning, and understanding context to and from both city centered and rural cultures. The proximity to a diversity of wilderness and non-human centered spaces is a crucial component to engage participants with the natural world, holistic perspectives and whole-system solutions.
A THRIVING ECOSYSTEM
The future site for the Center is in the Catskill Region of New York. Because of the NYC watershed, the Catskills remain some of the most protected land in New York State and the country. The ability to grow food, have access to clean potable water and the chance to learn from natural ecosystems will be more and more important in the years to come. In addition, a thriving ecosystem includes regenerative energy, integrative infrastructure and a space designed for dynamic interaction and convergence.
A SPACE OUTSIDE THE CRISIS, TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE IT NOT START IN THE FIRST PLACE.
When your boat has a leak, all you can do is bail the water out and get to shore. But to see where the leak is, fix it, or build something better, you have to get the boat out of the water. We are all good at reacting to crisis. It’s in our nature, built into our blood. But envisioning new models & better design– is not always possible to focus on, especially when the fire is already raging. We want to be the place where people can leave their context or echo chamber to be nurtured and challenged in order to support a whole system approach to creative problem solving.
And it's going to take everything and everyone.
Even if you aren't the one doing the work, you can still celebrate it, support it & be part of this.
Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed (so says Wikipedia). It's a leap, it's making a hole in what is to see what can be.
We think revaluing creative thought & action is essential to rebalancing our planet. Recognizing the work of the educator, the economist, the lawyer, the mother as just as creative as any.