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By Nigel George.
Firstly, yes Eccleston George is still here!
Someone asked me the either day if we'd wound up the collective....shut up shop...called it a day. Blimey no, we'd have to have multiple labotomies in order to call time on Eccleston George I said in response!
You see Eccleston George is, and always has been, an idea...in fact more than idea, a belief system, and as such would be very difficult to get rid of even if we wanted to, which we don't by the way.
Like all ideas that find a way to 'fix' in the minds of multiple humans at once, it doesn't take much to bring them back life if the idea has lain dormant for a while. When the time comes to wake up, the slightest breath of intention will bring an idea to its senses and wham it jumps to life, all reanimated by creativity and intention. You see an idea like Eccleston George is a lot like a living organism and just like all things that are alive, ideas, especially good ones, need a minimum of two things if they are to last:- 1) Resources to sustain them and 2) An environment in which to survive and replicate themselves. Eccleston George is an idea that inhabits the minds of many and that's why it won't go away easily...and that is also the reason we don't want it to. Strange as it might sound our odd collective of creative minds has discovered something lots of organisations desperatly seek, governments talk about and communities ponder over. By being an idea that stuck in the minds of many, Eccleston George has found a way to the mythical 'R' word! Yes we have discovered how to be RESILIENT!
Can we teach it? Can you learn it? YES! But first, and this is key, you have to understand what it actually is. As we ourselves have seen, the search for resilience leads many in the wrong direction again and again, so much so that eventually the word itself loses all meaning and is religated to the dusty filing cabnet of disused unfashionable buzzwords.
RESILIENCE SHOULD NOT BE A RELIGATED BUZZWORD.
DO NOT PUT IT IN THE DUSTY FILING CABNET.....OUR SPECIES DEPENDS ON IT!!
Anyway it took us quite a while to figure it all out so if you want to know what we know about RESLIENCE then you're going to have to make a donation to our cause. Consultation, it's a wonderful thing!
Okay so where is the Eccleston George collective now you ask, you did ask that didn't you? The answer to that is all over the place doing all sorts of things....making music, making things, dreaming, writing, travelling, learning..that sort of thing. Sounds whimsical I here you say...no I say in response, no it's not....that's what building relience looks like.....sort of!
At the moment of writing this, the Ecclleston George team is spread across the planet, each pursuing their interests and creativity in their own way. Will we meet again? Certainly we will....it's just a matter of time before you hear about circumstance, fortune, creativity and intention colliding with a real world problem. And when you do hear about it, know this, that'll be us coming up with a novel solution involving science,art, music and probably some song and dance to boot....it's how we continue to roll!
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Photo. Julian Winslow http://www.julianwinslow.com/
"Surely the idea of 'success' is completely misunderstood by the neolibral capitalist world we live in? It seems to me that the corporate barometer is and always has been measuring the wrong thing in terms of what success actually looks like. The culmination of our human endeavours have led to the creation of a horribly distorted version of reality, a status quo that the vast majority of our fellow humans accept as the norm. Make no mistake, the world that human beings has created isn't normal by any means, as a species we can make no claim to be a succesful one. For years I've being asking people a question - Since when is inteligence a benchmark for evolutionary success? I can answer that if you like! The answer is never because success on a planentary scale is measured by only one thing - longevity and we've not achieved that yet by a very long way!
I think the natural world gives us a wonderful example of what so called success really looks like, and, contrary to what most world leaders and corporations will tell you, in nature, real progress comes from real failure. The natural living world's pursuit for perfection is a clue to how it all works. It's a system based on iterations, constant changes informed by things that don't work as much as things that do. This is mainly because in nature no one living thing works perfectly forever and relatively speaking most don't work for long at all. I think the 'nature is perfect' story is a myth too by the way, if it where true evolution would be redundant because there'd be no need for anything to change. Perfection belongs to the realm of fairytales as far as I'm concerned.
Of course nature is fantastic at useful failing because through many many 'faliure cycles' important 'lessons are learned' and changes made accordingly. This is all very unlike the human corporate world we're living in today where we see nothing that suggests any systemic change will come out of the failed thing it has become. All we're seeing is lots of attempted bolstering of a broken system, much bailing out, lots of excuses, buck passing and most shockingly a very real desire to maintain the disfunctional status quo. Why would we want to maintain a system that is so detrimental to our future existence? I'm not over egging the pudding here by the way, we're on the brink of an environmental crisis born out of our corporate world that will make our global financial woes pale into utter insignificance. And yet here we are, to quote the brilliant environmentalist David Susuzki "We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone's arguing over where they're going to sit".
I'm not sure what can be done to rescue our precarious position on our planetary home, as a father I want to believe that there is still time to make some mistakes and that my children will have the good sense to shake off the bonds of risk aversion and mediocrity and learn where we have been goning wrong and make the changes needed to secure their future. Sadly my generation and the ones before us have not bought my children much time, whether or not there's enough time left to rack up some useful 'failure cycles' goodness only knows. Nature embraces failure and change because all it really 'wants' is to be balanced. If as a species we can understand that concept then perhaps we will start to emulate the very clever 400 million year old earthly system for survival and carry it forward as our own strategy for life and maybe even a new kind of socioeconomic strategy that's perfectly in tune with our planetary home. Because, any other way would mean a kind of failure there's no coming back from, climate breakdown, corporate mass suicide followed swifty by our own species extinction.
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So who is behind the National Poo Museum? Well we have to confess that it's us!!
And, it would be true to say that nobody is more suprised than us at the global response to our very strange project! http://www.poomuseum.org/
In fact just Google it to see how far around the world it went!! https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=national+poo+museum
By the way our very fine resin encapsulated poo collection is available for hire.....contact us to find out more...
|Posted by Eccleston George Team on May 10, 2016 at 2:55 AM||comments (1)|
This week we started on an exciting Aretcology project in the form of a NaturePlay Space. NatuePlay Spaces are design to make public green areas accessable to people, habitatable for nature and fun for families too.
This latest project commssioned by Spectrum Housing is being created in Cowes, Isle of Wight and will take the form of a fantastically interactive play area in a small communual green space that will provide kids with an unbeatable nature encounter.
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Off the back of our succesful 'Shelving the Coast' Vertipool project we're now taking our Artecology priciples to many other built environments. Our Artecology remit comes with a simple question - Why build anything in the public realm that doesn't work for nature and people alike?
We're currently looking at an array public realm projects that feature coastal defences, urban & rural built architecture, including housing developments and public spaces. Infact we're researching the benifits of Artecology wherever man-made infrastucture exists or is being proposed for future development.
Based in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight, Artecology is collaboration between our own artists and ecologists from Arc Consulting. We are currently partnering with Bournemouth Univesity, Glasgow University, Oxford University, The Royal Society, Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight AONB and an array of local schools and community groups.
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Chail Trail is a social, environmental and local economy project that we've devised and are currently delivering in the parish of Chale Isle of Wight. Sponsored by the Southern Housing Group, and the Isle of Wight AONB Partnership , the project is centred around working across the community of Chale in all it's glorious social diversity to create a walking trail that circumnavigates the entire parish. The trail will feature six special sculpted seats, each themed to the location that they will be in and designed & made with the Chale villagers. Hop over to our NewHive blog to see photos and more info.....