Humming bird

There is a Quechuan fable about a great forest fire. All the animals rushed from the forest, watching helplessly as it is consumed by the fire. All but the little hummingbird, who flew to the river, picked up a few drops of water in its beak and dropped it on the fire. It went back and forth, while the other animals laughed at it: “What do you think you are doinhumming waterg? The fire is too big, and your little drops of water are not enough to put it out.” The hummingbird turned to them and said: “I am doing the best I can”, and continued with its pathetic effort… [and here I am changing the fable] the animals and everything around them gained courage and all ‘did what they could’ and the fire was extiguished....

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Book Review 2 –

My pre-ordered book showed up today and I quickly found myself trying to devour it in one sitting. Even though I sort of knew what it was going to be about, i was inspired and humbled to have been included in such a beautiful story. Thank you!  It is great!
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BNIM | 2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award

To measure or to inspire

I want to share a story where measurement and process was given up… instead putting in place something that allowed for the harnessing of the potential of everyone in the project … developing, thriving, learning and growing together and as a result creating an immense ripple to all those who experienced the outcome.

A friend in the Netherlands was the new CEO of a biennale being held. It was going to be the greenest and carbon neutral and all of those good things. But when he spoke to all thfor book 240e display and exhibition holders there were all pretty dispassionate, the reporting for each of them to show they would be green and neutral was so taxing it was costing almost 25% of their budgets. Inspired by Blue Economy by  Gunter Pauli, he held a meeting of all the exhibition holders and said he would give them back their 25%; they did not need to collect the data and write the reports… but…  they has to spent the money on being extraordinary, imaginative, inspiring, educational and fabulous.

The buzz, the excitement, the life that returned to all the people working on the exhibition was palatable. The result, a biennale that is still being talked about 8 years later as the best ever, that rippled into everyone’s lives and inspired them from rethinking work priorities, to how they  dealt with waste, to how they designed, dressed, ate, exercised, lived. Everyone came out of that biennale glowing with the potential to make the world a better place within the sphere of their influence, understanding that they didn’t need to be perfect, they didn’t need to neutral, and they could thrive, be joyous and contribute.

We are innovators and so processes and measurement are tools to help us to improve but what I learnt is always think of why – what benefit will we get and what other opportunities are there.

Have a great weekend and keep humming,



First book review – Bill Reed Regenesis

Designing for Hope

What an amazing contribution to advance the meaning of ‘sustainability’. This is the first book on planning and design to move green practices beyond guilt, ineffective technology fixes, and piecemeal environmental approaches into a way of practicing life as it really works. Now, practitioners and communities have a practical resource that fills the missing gap in what is required of us to heal the earth.

Bill Reed, Regenesis

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