(2) EARTH: Biodynamic ecology / social entrepreneurship

There is a perceived need for schools in the future to become centres of cultural renewal. Likewise, social and ecological enterprises need to become learning centres. To develop new insights and practices of this interplay between education, entrepreneurship and community implies research across strict disciplinary borders. Through extending social entrepreneurship to encompass human relationships to food, agriculture and all of nature, a new science can develop the bridging agriculture (biodynamics) and social entrepreneurship. A key task is to develop new biodynamic practices in dialogue with natural phenomena, as well as the life sciences.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Bee Collaborations – How has the relationship between human beings and the bees evolved through cultural epochs?  And how can we develop a bee-culture in tune with the needs of the bees and human cultural development in our time and age? This project has two main elements: (1) a study and collaborative action research component based at the Field Centre, and (2) a project aimed at practical collaboration with Gables farm, Ruskin Mill Colleges and other collaborators in the Nailsworth and Stroud district, developing pedagogical sites.

Project leaders: Dr. Aksel Hugo, Simon Reakes, Sue Reed, Maria Stavrou

Morphological thinking – How can the part find a living relationship to the whole? Can natural science extend its thinking to accompany any particular transformative process of becoming in nature? The core of this project is a series of seminars where these questions form the guiding motif. Dr. Judyth Sassoon will explore morphology through a series of workshops on the themes of ‘ Dynamic zoology’ and ‘A morphodynamic approach to embryology’. Dr. Troy Vine will bring a counterpoint by exploring the same theme of morphological thinking in a philosophical discourse and in connection to the phenomena of light and colour theory.

Project leaders: Dr. Aksel Hugo and Dr. Troy Vine

Brantwood Meadow Project – How can the impact of biodynamic preparations be measured within an educational context of a meadow? What are the methodological implications of a field trial when reciprocal relationships develop between the meadow-beings and the human beings?  This project is a cooperation between The Field Center and Brantwood at Conniston Lake in the Lake District. The deeper question the project is trying to reveal is what relations there are between John Ruskin’s methodological approach to the perceptual engagement and understanding of nature and Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic impulse.

Project leaders: Sally Beamisch (Brantwood), Dr. Aksel Hugo

The Silver Flowform Project – This project is a result of a donation given to the Field Centre aimed at exploring the possible interactive potential of a silver flowform. The practical aim is to develop the performative context and structural form of a silver flowform, situated in the underground chamber of the Field Centre. A collaborative action research strategy has been accompanying the artistic process of shaping the vessel.

Project leaders: Simon Charter and Aonghus Gordon

Project advisor: Frank Burdich

Natural Science Section, Collaborative Work Programme – text coming soon