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Happy Independence Day!

Posted by in Musings

The fourth of July, a great American holiday celebrating our independence. When I was in high school, I always thought I can’t wait to get out of this country. A bit of an ironic thing for the son of an immigrant to believe. I saw so many problems, thinking everything was broken here and things would be better in other parts of the world. I’ve had a bountiful ride since then circling the world many times. I’ve even gotten to immerse myself in some of the most remote corners of planet…read more

Reflection is Learning

Posted by in Experience Institute, Learning

Two experiences down, we’re in the home stretch now of this learning journey year, but its really just the beginning. In the last meetup, there was much action around the idea that reflection is learning. Sure, I’m a founding student of the Experience Institute where we believe in learning by doing. We’re discovering though that its in that reflection time after the doing that you’re able to deepen your learning. Allow me to illustrate with an example. In the last term, I spent three months in rural Philippines working on a sustainable regeneration…read more

Earth Village Project Evolution

Posted by in Learning, Musings

The Earth Village Project is a regenerative rehabilitation response to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. In collaboration with the community of Batug, we have built a Windship, planted a community garden, helped a family build a mud house and set up base camp. What’s next? We’re piloting a learning village where we will work with the community to empower folks to build mud walls and home gardens. We plan on holding workshops where villagers teach their neighbors what they’ve learned. The idea is to start with ten people split into…read more

Unseen Shadow Workers

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There was a tremendous amount of work that went into preparing for the Windship Build with Earthship Biotecture and The Earth Village Project. Earthship had done a similar humanitarian build in Malawi where they planned for 6 months in advance, yet they were still faced with many hurdles like running out of drinking water. This time, we had 6 weeks. It was mayhem and there were some tense times, yet everything worked out just as it was meant to be.  All energies in the Earth Village Project were channeled to…read more

The Windship Has Landed

Posted by in Experience Institute, Learning, Musings

On February 23, 2014 more than 70 people from around the world and the Philippines converged in Batug to build the first Windship the world has ever seen. A Windship is an Earthship-inspired typhoon bunker built using recycled materials employing a closed loop waste management system. Michael Reynolds, the founder of Earthship Biotecture and an architect who has been building living structures from trash for 40 years is the designer of the Windship. Why does this matter for the community of Batug? Typhoon Yolanda destroyed many buildings in its wake….read more

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