VISION

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.

 

OUR GOALS

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

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