Yes. We're building
To support the people and organizations working to transform, challenge and inspire us.
A CENTER FOR CREATIVE
RESEARCH, REFLECTION & ACTION.
As things get more polarized, more reactive, more crisis-filled, making a space for diverse creativity across sectors and identities might be the necessary thing we can do.
A space to get out of our contexts and the crisis, to incubate and intersect.
The view at our prospective site in Napanoch, NY– overlooking the Rondout Reservoir and on a clear day five surrounding states
We found the perfect home for creative work.
100 acres a little over two hours from NYC, this prospective site has an established organic garden and orchard, seasonal pond, large solar panels and a 4br and a 1br house, both turn-key–built from an exquisite lineage of art, creativity and stewardship.
Help us buy the property outright.
If everyone who sees this gives
just a little, we can do it.
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...
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 contexts. 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.