Nature and Culture are the two great garments of human life. Business and Technology are the two wonderful man made tools that can and should serve them.
We can imagine a world that is made of strong communities, big and small – a network of intensely local places; a world that is built on a healthy balance between sacred capital (natural, social, cultural) and financial capital; a world where we learn from and embrace the genius of place.
We can imagine a future where our practical plans and deep social engagement will help spark a unified process of economic and cultural renaissance; where Fogo Island – one of the four corners of the earth as the Flat Earth Society describes it – becomes a centre for a sustainable fishery, arts, discovery and innovation.
And we imagine a future when Fogo Island is an economically and socially resilient place, where a rich culture, history and people have come together in ways that makes it a model of a successful and contemporary rural community.
We’re not, happily, short of imagination.
Starting with Fogo Island, our goal is to make a meaningful contribution to the continued cultural, economic and social resiliency of small communities and develop a model that can serve as guide for others interested in contributing to the vibrancy of contemporary rural communities.
OUR KEY OBJECTIVES
- facilitate artistic practice that is local in context and global in scope
- preserve and promote rich cultural heritage, values and traditional skills
- support economic diversification on Fogo Island through the development of a world renowned geo-tourism industry
- develop a sustainable economy rooted in a respectful relationship with the cultural and natural resources on the island
- position Fogo Island as a leading centre for a progressive ocean ethic – a destination for learning and knowledge about a sustainably responsible relationship with the ocean
- foster a robust entrepreneurial economy on Fogo Island
- improve the island’s capacity for innovation, teamwork and risk taking – to be successful in a 21st century economy
- develop an arts centric, social enterprise model for community wellbeing that can be useful to other places
- contribute to a next generation economy based on a global network of deeply local places