2020-2025: GLOCAL STEWARDSHIP & RESILIENCE
communities of character for sustainable development
Perhaps resilience isn’t happenstance.
Perhaps, it is simply a commitment. And it is action. Daily action.
A point of curious inquiry – what drives that determination?
It is a choice and consequence of daring to embrace and make happenstance of friendship happen.
Perhaps the unusual is in the seizing of the extraordinary ordinariness of our everyday opportunities.
On that note of counterpoint, may we offer our service of self-determined stewardship in the spirit of such innocence of hope, and joy of celebration of simple and complex realities. As we acknowledge and embrace the historicities before us, may we dance anew in gratitude in the fields of wild nature and the fruitful company of our fellow human persons.
We are making a choice to live a simple reality of every day, celebrating uniqueness, and making possibilities and opportunities happenstance every day.
And what is our Gradus Ad Parnussum for our School of Life?
What is our ‘polyphonic architecture’? What is our pedagogy, skills and professional development for the economic empowerment of possibilities for sustainable development? What is that which makes us beautiful? What is our heart of hearts?
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School of Life of the Unusual Happenstance of Friendship
In our School of Life, we are open as to how these lessons of life that we impart upon each other, are transpired between every person in the same space. We have noticed these moments and situations happen under the oddest and trying of circumstance. And it is how we raise and lift each other up, that makes us rise to the highest of ourselves and possibilities. And so, we remain convinced now that life is our playground and school, and that we formulate, formate and shape ourselves, family, work, friendship, society, everywhere we come and go. And that mobility is the driver of ourselves into discovering realities, islands of unknowns which increases the chances of happenstance of friendship.
We have carved out several birth to lifelong and inter-generational programmes to help us organise our living everyday research and inquiry of the multi-faceted fascination of human socio-ecological biodiversity and glocal society formation:
0-12yo The Happy Heart School
13-17yo Bilberries Blue Sustainability Internship
18-35yo Bilberries Blue Youth Stewardship Programme
18-35yo Bilberries Blue Sustainability Apprentices
35-100+yo Bilberries Blue Sustainability Stewards
Underlying these programmes are values centred on upholding love, kindness and dignity, based on the human developmental needs of the persons involved. What we have found is unconditional love heals and empowers someone to grow and transform themselves, and in doing so, others.
We endeavour that our road of joy is a safe and secure place of health and wellbeing for those who dance with us. What we do comes after how we feel inside. How we feel inside requires a community and space for iteratively creating and re-creating peace, harmony and prosperity.
Victor Frankl reminds us well regarding success and happiness, and by extension, in the pursuit of the wellbeing of nations:
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.”
BILBERRIES BLUE LIGHTHOUSES
The Bilberries Blue LightHouses serve to help us integrate all our fine ideations into 3D space, and how we live our intentions and purpose.
Bilberries Blue LightHouse Keepers shall formulate their own vision, goals and activities for the designated collaborative space, based on the Bilberries Blue LightHouse Development Guidelines, and with the guidance and support of the Bilberries Blue Sustainability Stewards.
Under Bilberries Blue LightHouses, we shall weave in integrated fully inclusive hosting, medical support, developmental intervention, nature, art, sports, playdates, education, economic empowerment, space, library care & management, governance of dignity as permitted within the confines of the Covid-19 safety. It is intended to be a place of homecoming and springboard into glocal marketplace participation.
BILBERRIES BLUE SUMMER SCHOOL
The Bilberries Blue Summer School will be a place where we meet from all stations in life and all around the world, through our journey of possibilities together in our School of Life.
We have chosen to meet in Cambridge, as a place and beacon of learning of possibilities, where we will design our own curriculum, offer our own pedagogical provocation library, engage learning that is fully inclusive, birth to lifelong, inter-generational, and where everyone is a teacher-learner. We hope to bring in the rich, raw, real experiences of life into our collective reflection, contemplation, formulation, insights to make choices and decisions of our next actions for the next season.
We hope to run two summer schools starting from the summer of 2023.
Many of my friends have asked me what is the core of One Love. They had asked for something concrete. I would always give them a puzzled look, and somehow, no matter how authentically I respect that question, and dig in to try and articulate the hope of One Love, I would inevitably reply, “Hmm…The core is Love. And Love is … Love.”
So, One Love is about Love. It is birthed by love and it continues to love. Love people, love animals, love the environment, love everything good about life. Love through the conflicts, love through the struggles, love through the disappointments, love through the failures, love through the sadness, love through life’s struggles, and keep loving through all obstacles. Because that’s what love is. Love loves.
I don’t know if it is so much about defining the work that confuses others. For me, I guess Love arises when Love is called. I type it as a capital L, but actually it is the same as a lowercase l.
I have run out of theories and ways of organising my thoughts about love. So One Love is birthed really with no theory, nor a mind map, nor a typical organisational strategy map. One Love is a place of joy, celebration and discovery. A place to love in freedom. I suppose to love is to be free. And to be free is to love.
So I suppose the plan is for love to reveal its amazingness and for us to follow wherever it takes us!
April 4, 2016