Within the next decade the direction of human history is going to be
reset forever: it’s a one-time opportunity ripe with possibility. [11’19]
An Overview …
The Landbase Project is about crowd-funding for sustainability-focused projects, ours and yours. We want a platform for actioning a perspective of sustainability that is significantly different from the dominant narrative as heralded by the UN. We want a grassroots-accessible platform consistent with that which underlies all natural systems, rather than pursuing the propositions of economic order.
Kick-starting this process requires creating the means to articulate that view point. The first steps then are to write the book explaining the science and its implications, and then create a training centre (Project Two) for running in-depth related courses. As the implications become clearer the kinds of projects we’d like to support will become more obvious.
The Stations …
Stations are seen as work spaces in the Landbase Project, different places to suit different people closest to where they can most easily get on board. The four stations also stand for our project categories during the early stages of development. The analogy includes several platforms at each station.
Matters in hand …
What do all these attributes have in common? Don’t give up!
About the Founder …
A persistent force for me has been the need to make sense of life, apparently more so than for most. I can identify definite change points, of stumbling upon divergent maps of reality which I’ve had the good fortune of being able to explore. These eventually, at least to my own satisfaction, fitted into a larger understanding – itself carrying echoes of the urge to freedom of every kind.
1. Growing up as a kid. Two things that my father imposed for which I remain grateful … tea without sugar, and helping in the garden. I grew up understanding gardening.
2. Discovering geology at university. Suddenly the world I lived in was many millions of years older, I could read the shorthand in the rocks and land, and as a professional geologist I got paid to live and work in places just like those in your Windows lock-screen. Before long I was deeply and secretly in love with the Earth Mother.
3. Joining the 70’s hippie movement. The living-on-the-land lifestyle was easy for me, raw, uncomplicated and very healthy. Here I found people who were worthy of admiration, sincerely dedicated to a path. It was more than just the family I’d never had, it was a social model with moral principles and cooperative decision-making.
4. Learning to meditate. Vipassana Meditation, a living tradition dating back to the Buddha, grounded me unexpectedly in the reality of my own existence. I then went on to explore all the versions of spiritual purpose available at the time, eventually settling into Adidam for a good few years.
5. Living in the Solomon Islands. Sent there by Greenpeace to build a rural training centre for sustainable logging. More than 80% of the population live on the land, another world which I became part of for 8 years. Westernisation had affected its remotest parts the least, these were the places where life was easiest. I had stumbled into a perfect laboratory for noting the effects of monetary forces.
6. Adult study. An academic course in Development Studies expanded my perspective from practical experience to global overview. I finally began to understand the role of the huge International Organisations* within the aims of an overall global project.
It was there that I first encountered their main opposition, the international peasant movement, La Via Campesina, It is undoubtedly the world’s largest organisation which most people have never heard of… 200+ million members is bigger than most nations.
* United Nations, World Bank, IMF, WTO…
Ross Scholes (Editor)
BSc. (Earth Science), PGDip. (Natural Resources), PGDip. (Development Studies)
- Assoc. Editor, Soil & Health magazine ( 6 )
- Development Consultant, Solomon Is. ( 8 )
- Organic gardener, ( ~50 )