I have been posting on this blog for 3 and a half years now and it started out as a way to catalogue articles, videos, projects and people I found interesting and would like to remember for future projects/research of my own.
That people actually read it and follow it is a huge bonus and I'm delighted that what I post others find interesting.
I've come to realise that my blog has become something else, unintentionally, more of a platform for furthering the "nature deficit disorder" cause. Not that I'm unhappy with that turn of events but after having watched Tony Juniper's video below (and being heavily influenced by every post I've ever posted), I'm not sure if a blog is enough......... can it make a difference.......... get kids reconnected to nature............. affect change?
So, Crossroads time.
Where do I go from here?
I feel passionately about improving childrens lives through a connection with the natural world. I know that good design can do all that and much more but waving my flag from the sidelines has become frustrating. Encouraging one school at a time to redo their outdoor spaces is a very slow process and I'm impatient.
So, this is a call out to anyone who would like to start something collaborative and focused on children, nature and play, which in and of itself is a very broad field. I'm open to suggestions.
I will continue to blog here as I think we will see many new and positive changes for children and I also hope to add more personal content as this year moves forward.