The Wild Spot – which is now also a non-profit organisation – is home to my independent research on technology’s role in society, which is progressively moving away from technology per se towards means and methodology to restore some of its collateral damages. With the Wild Spot, I wanted to explore how individual and collective training of attention through nature-connectedness activities can be a resource to face the current planetary crisis. Attention is crucial in world-making: the challenge was building accessible methodologies and strategies anchored in nature connectedness to re-educate attention towards ecology and community. Nature connectedness can indeed help in three spheres:
- Developing biophilia and understanding how all beings are constantly in a web of relations beyond anthropocentrism.
- Improving mental, physical and social well-being of individuals and communities.
- Emancipating from the ubiquitous regime of surveillance and distractions fuelled by the digital economy.
The wild spot is a hotpot for disconnecting from digital addiction and the cognitive burden of the information society and connecting with nature, oneself and the local community. It is a place that exists in time and space, but besides the presence of nature, what makes a wild spot is the placemaking and community process leading to it more than its physical properties. It is a community experiential learning project that anchors personal, community and planetary well-being in place-based nature connectedness.
More info coming soon…