We are very excited about this new project that is just starting out in early 2014.
The Lab will become a location for creative thinkers from all disciplines to undertake residency programs that afford them the time and space to think deeply and collaborate on complex global sustainability issues.
As part of this project we are also partnering with a number of other global programs such as Peaceboat (UN).
The first Island Innovation Lab will run from 16th – 20th January 2014 in Vanuatu. And we will be joined by a number of interested artists, designers, communicators, sustainability experts in Vanuatu.
The Beta Lab will set the tone for the formation of the formal program and the infrastructure that will support it.
Currently we have a wonderful blank canvas, a 500 acre beachfront property with 7 different ecological zones from rain forests to grass lands to bamboo and palm groves. There are natural springs with fresh water and good solar and wind energy opportunities.
Our goal is to design and develop a minimal impact, carbon positive communal workspace and studios with accommodation for the residency program participants. This will be a social enterprise and aims to partner with and support the local community through employment, education and other opportunities.