A Center for
Dedicated to the people and organizations working to transform, challenge and inspire us.
As things get more polarized, more reactive, more crisis-filled, making a space for diverse creativity across sectors and identities might be the most necessary thing we can do.
A space to get out of our contexts and the crisis, to incubate and intersect.
The perfect home for creative research, reflection & action.
Ample acreage to grow and build, a little over two hours from NYC, rich soil to grow food and fruit trees, wild spaces to learn from, a township that wants partnership and community to collaborate with, land that says yes.
Why the Center?
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. A space 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...
We believe in converging urban, rural and natural intelligences. We work to seek bridges, find mutually beneficial partnerships, and learn from one another. 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. 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.
LONGTERM SUSTAINABILITY & 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 the 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 and to support a whole system approach to creative problem solving.