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.



  • 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

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