It has firstly been work of intuition - being in the right place at the right time throughout our lives - how we have ended up creating this project. But naturally, we have also been greatly influenced by many thinkers and doers along the way.

From a resources’ perspective, we are not locked into one field but weave together a variety of ideas and theories. We bring in wisdom from pedagogy, education, philosophy, systems thinking, arts and creativity, spirituality, ecology, community and organizations, amongst many others. And see all of these fields connected in our search for learning how to live and learn well.

Here is a list of most relevant resources of the moment.

Warm Data / Nora Bateson

Information about the interrelationships that connect elements of a complex system. An experiential concept for transsystemic mutual learning following the line of thinking of her father Gregory Bateson and grand-father William Bateson.

Bateson, Gregory: Steps to an ecology of a mind. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. 2000.

Sovereignty / Jordan Hall, Daniel Scmachtenberger

The capacity for and demonstration of good choice-making. Consist of perception, sense-making, and agency. /

Soulcraft & eco-centric developmental psychology / Bill Plotkin

Framework for authentic human development through a deeply ecological lens.

Plotkin, Bill: Soulcraft - Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche. New World Library. Novato, CA. 2003.

Plotkin, Bill: Nature and the Human Soul - Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. New World Library. Novato, CA. 2007.

Dialogic Pedagogy / Paulo Freire

“The teacher is no longer merely the one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow.”

Freire, Paulo: Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Penguin Books.1972

Theory U and Presencing / Otto Scharmer

An emerging framework for transforming institutions, society, relationships, and self, by shifting the inner place from which we operate.

Scharmer, Otto and Kaufer, Katrin: Leading from the Emerging Future. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2013

Reinventing Organizations / Frederic Laloux

A practical guide for creating soulful organizations (e.g. schools) based on self-management, wholeness and evolutionary purpose.

The Learning Organization / Peter Senge

Five disciplines of the Learning Organization and how to design around them: Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision, Team Learning, and Systems Thinking

Senge, Peter M: The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. Currency. 1990

Regeneration & cultural design / Joe Brewer, Daniel Christian Wahl

“How can we collaborate in the creation of diverse regenerative cultures adapted to the unique biocultural conditions of place? How can we create conditions conducive to life?"
Wahl, Daniel Christian: Designing Regenerative Cultures. Triarchy Press. 2016.

Black Mountain College

Experimental, independent college and a community in Asheville, NC during years 1933-1956.

Duberman, Martin: Black Mountain - Exploration in Community. W. W. Norton & Company. Portland, OR. 1972.



Metaphysical framework which recognizes the world being full of persons, only some of whom are human, and that life is always lived in relationship with others. Understanding death as an integral part of life.

Harvey, Graham: Animism - Respecting the Living World. Columbia University Press. 2005.
Abram, David: Spell of the Sensuous - Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. Vintage. 1997.

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