Day 9- Use small and Slow Solutions

Biochar produced on the course... energy for cooking and resilence in the soil. #carbon capture

Biochar produced on the course… energy for cooking and resilence in the soil. #carbon capture.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall”

If our carbon based energy systems collapse too quickly what we will we have left? Diversity and different approaches will hel cushion us from the huge changes when they can. If thousands of families were to cook with biochar and use it in soil then the cummulative impact will be hugely significant. Part of our mission here is to find ways to change behaviours t creat different outcomes and new possibilities.


We began today by looking today at different design solutions that function from a small scale, are practical and energy efficient, using small and slow solutions means that we do not make big mistakes! we looked at biomimicry and began to look at the design process from the ground up.


The spiral is the model for incremental growth. It functions at every scale. The lesson is to start small and work out from extablished areas


we looked also at the concept of economy, what that actually means in the real worls and how we as a society seem to have got a little mixed up with the true meaning of economics – as this means the management of the home….not commercial finance!, we examined what makes up economic value, supply and demand models and financial systems including alternative currencies such as bitcoin and local exchange trading systems, something to consider as the free market concept has many failings! real tangible wealth comes we find from the soil and from community


later we returned to looking at design concepts and how to make a client and site analysis before looking at design placement and how to integrate functions into as many elements as possible and vice versa.


The group split into 5 teams in the afternoon and were all given an aspect of the final design we are planning for the Besoga School to formulate and bring into fruition! beginning with questions to ask the client (the School) so we can best formulate a plan or design for function we are looking at, then we put these questions to Connie our representative from the school, now that we have the information from her we can begin to formulate and carry out our plans and designs.

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