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Stuck at home, Ani and I have found ourselves consuming more plastic than usual. I couldn’t help but wonder though, what role is plastic playing exactly in these crazy pandemic times? After all, a look at the history of pandemics shows a pattern of waste accumulation compounding already challenging situations.
For me its been a moment of some despair: I can palpably sense the shift in attention of the world from climate and environmental concern. Of course, it is understandable. But there’s deeper dynamics going on I feel; the ground is shifting under our feet.
I am really excited… I think we’ve found an important new word for a concept that has pressing modern significance. A few weeks ago, Ani and I were immersed in the Bandung Spirit conference in Paris and Le Havre. On the first day, Dr. Seema Parhihar from Kirori Mal...
Today I had a fascinating conversation with Frère Damien. When I first arrived at the monastery 10 years ago, Frère Damien was a novice-- early 30s, and just having entered into the order. Today he is the Abott-- having been elected a few years ago as the head of...
This week I have journeyed to Chimay, Belgium to take a little retreat at the Abbey de Scourmont. I am so grateful. Really, this is more of an excuse to see my old friend Père Jaques. Père Jaques (90) and I go back ten years ago when I was passing by on my bike and...
I love this cartoon!! It totally nails it. Avoiding the scenario in this cartoon means we need to start doing business on planet Earth a whole new way. We need a whole different valuation and prioritization of our processes. But what other way is there? How doe we...
Russell is an artist and inventor working with regenerative principles. Currently based in Indonesia, he is one of the leaders of the global Ecobrick movement and one of the founders of the Global Ecobrick Alliance. Inspired by the power of mandalic collaboration and his time amongst the Igorot people he works to implementing deep, transformative innovations. With ecobricks, Russell is focused on putting ‘waste’ back into cycles of indefinite enrichment or ‘ayyew’. Meanwhile, moving forward with innovations that, using natural materials and ancestral manual traditions, are fully open source, non-capital, and transcend waste, petroleum and factories all together. You can read more in his Regenerative Design Manifesto and theory of Mandalic Colloborative Manifestation
Mandalic Regenerative Philosophy
The principles of innovating are even more important than the innovations. Here are my principal essays on the challenges of our times.
Bottle Building & Innovation
I love making stuff with bottles. Because they are everywhere, we can innovate techniques that anyone anywhere can put to use.