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Tessy Britton

Liphook, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Director

Member since June 14, 2007


  • Dropping Knowledge

    Communication

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    Asking Questions improves the world. Knowledge is only valuable if it's accessible. These are two beliefs integral to the project Dropping Knowledge.

    Dropping knowledge encourages social change. Using advanced web technologies, the initiative links the voices of individuals and organizations. The web-platform enables the global public to ask and answer questions, exchange ideas, and start initiatives around the most pressing issues of our time. Events like the Table of Free Voices, campaigns like "ask yourself" and projects in cooperation with different partners create a meaningful bridge between the on and offline worlds.

    Really worth some time to explore.

  • Fantastic Urban Community Farming

    Community, Environmental Design

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    In the Summer and Autumn 2007, thousands of people living and working in the town of Middlesbrough, Tees Valley will participate in a project devoted to the cause of local food production and reducing food miles. Along the way, young, old, rich and poor will work together, grow food to eat and realise new relationships with local food producers and existing growers in the town and its surrounding area. Through the experience, they will pioneer a new sustainable future not just for Middlesbrough but also other post-industrial communities across the U.K.

    The project is designed by David Barrie (See David on the Design 21 site) and led by Middlesbrough Council and <A href="http://www.dott07.com/">Dott 07</A> - working in close partnership with Groundwork South Tees, Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust, over fifteen primary and secondary schools, many local community and voluntary sector organisations and existing allotment growers in the town.

    Between June and September 2007, this army of new ‘urban farmers’ will bring their harvested ingredients to a ‘kitchen playground’ event: three week-long blocks of activity in which people will prepare, cook and eat dishes based on raw ingredients that they’ve grown. A headline playground event will be hosted by a national and local chef and the recipes created by both the chefs and local residents will be distributed as postcards.

  • Sustainable Farming by Design

    Community, Environmental Design

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    Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire UK is a remarkable example of how a person’s dreams can become reality. The farm is a truly unique example of sustainabile design.

    The farm is owned by the Kindersley family (Peter Kindersley of Dorling Kindersley publishers) and started as a small plot of land with a windmill. Peter Kindersley describes, with some amusement, the book on self-sufficiency which has now sold millions of copies and which inspired the continued expansion of the farm.

    Peter also gives a very compelling talk on the reasons for supporting organic farming, which extend far beyond the common emphasis on health to the sustainable nature of farming without using industrial methods: the diversity of plant and animal life on the same land, the health of the soil, the wellbeing of the animals, the growing of more real food. The chicks spend time in their own conservatory extension prior to becoming free-range out of doors. Every detail of the working of the farm has been scrutinised and designed for the benefit of the land, the well-being of the animals and the good quality of the food.

    The latest addition to the farm is the Kindersley Centre, a beautiful and extraordinary timber framed conference centre on the top of the chalk down land.

    Congratulations to the whole Kindersley family who continue to strive to provide an international example of superb farming though big hearts, hard work and thoughtful, brilliant design.

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    Another fab drawing!!!

    Simon is Head of Drama at Dunhurst School and teaches English at both Dunhurst and Bedales

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    Fab drawing!!

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    "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert Kennedy 1966 "Day of Affirmation Address" in Cape Town South Africa

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    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow, a revolutionary and magically insightful book about work and happiness, writes:

    "It is by becoming increasingly complex that the self might be said to grow. Complexity is the result of two braod psychological processes: differentiation and integration. Differentiation implies a movement toward uniqueness, toward separating oneself from others. Integration refers to its opposite: a union with other people, with ideas and entities beyond the self. A complex self is one that succeeds in combining these opposite tendancies."

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    "Being right is based on knowledge and experience is often provable.

    Knowledge comes from the past, so it's safe. It is also out of date. It's the opposite of originality.

    Experience is built from solutions to old situations and problems. The old situations are probably different from the present ones, so that the old solutions will have to be bent to fit new problems (and possibly fit badly). Also the likelihood is that, if you've got the expereince, you'll probably use it.

    This is lazy.

    Experience is the opposite of being creative. If you can prove you're right, you're set in concrete. You cannot move with the times or with other people.

    Being right is also being boring. Your mind is closed. You are not open to new ideas. You are rooted in your own rightness, which is arrogant. Arrogance is a valuable tool, but only if used very sparingly.

    Worst of all, being right has a tone of morality about it. To be anything else sounds weak or fallible, and people who are right would hate to be thought fallible.

    So: it's wrong to be right, because people who are right are rooted in the past, rigid-minded, dull and smug.

    There's no talking to them."

  • Dreams for young people

    Arts & Culture

    The Dream World Programme started with the desire to make the dreams of children around the world come true.

    In 2003, UNESCO and Felissimo launched the DREAM World Institute Programme which aims to offer art programmes (visual arts, dance, music, words and other forms of creative expressions) to children in developing countries who otherwise may not have the opportunities to learn arts and to develop and appreciate their own creativity.

    Art encourages curiosity. Reading is included in the programme so that the curiosity can be led to poetry, literature and history behind arts, music and dance. Gaining new knowledge and inspiration, learning the rewards of discipline, and learning how to express their creativity will give children the best tool for dreaming for the future.

    The DREAM World Institute has a dream of its own. It is that no matter how small the programme might start, children's eyes will always be open to a bigger world.

    There are Dream Centres in Cambodia, Afganistan and Haiti.

    Contact: Indrasen Vencatachellum - i.vencatachellum@unesco.org

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    Sir Ken Robinson wrote in Out of Our Minds "We have jeopardised the balance of human nature by not recognising how different elements of our abilities sustain and enrich each other . . . we must learn to be creative"

    This quote from Charles Darwin's autobiography quoted in Small is Beautiful by E Schumacher (1973)p80 'Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it poetry of many kinds . . gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare, especially in the historical plays. I have also said that formerly pictures gave me considerable, and music very great, delight. But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry: I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. I have also lost almost any taste for pictures or music . . My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of fact, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive . . The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature'

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. Henry David Thoreau

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design