Many features of the modern wold make it difficult for us to stay close to nature in our everyday lives.
We’ve worked with a variety of people and organisations to try and create more ways to connect with nature on a daily basis.
State Leaders connecting to country
Amongst It partnered with Ngarrindjeri Elder and local South Australian icon, Uncle ‘Moogy’ Sumner, to host twelve South Australian leaders at a corroboree at Sugars Beach on the Murray Mouth on the Coorong.
The goal of the event was to provide a space for local leaders to better understand the history of that particular land and deepen their relationship with Aboriginal culture.
Participants included South Australian Minister for Environment and Water, The Hon. David Speirs; Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University, Justin Beilby; and Director of MOD., Kristin Alford.
Nature of South Australia Strategy
We advised the Department for the Environment in South Australia and local environmental non-profits on a strategy process to create a new context for biodiversity conservation in South Australia.
Rather than just write a document that would get lost on a shelf, the strategy group ran a multi-year change process that included capability-building workshops (in grief and loss, narratives, and language around values), conversations with hundreds of professionals across the state, and a statewide forum.
Experiments with technology to connect to nature
We set up a simple Artificial Intelligence with a phone number to allow Adelaide Fringe Festival-goers to have a back-and-forth conversation via text message with a large, lighted, lemon-scented gum that forms a memorable part of festival each year.
Over the course of the Fringe, with no more promotion than a small sign, more than 30,000 messages flitted back and forth between festival-goers and the stunning Corymbia citriodora (“Dora”).
In their conversations, Dora invited people to take a moment during the bustle of the festival to reflect, smell her leaves, or give her a hug.
While not a transformative experience, we hope the installation made people think and take a small moment to appreciate the splendour of Dora.