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Halcyon Inspired

Inspired by local food communities

In Todmorden, Yorkshire, vegetables and herbs grow almost everywhere, even in the cemetery and outside the police station.  Everywhere you turn edible plants abound. In this talk given at TED London Salon, Pam Warhurst explained why and how she and others created Incredible Edible, a revolution not only in the way the town eats, but also in the way they think about public space, and which is inspiring other communites around the UK and increasingly, around the world.

Inspired by thought-provoking speakers

During recent months, Halcyon has listened to many original and provocative speakers, at live events, and through videos and podcasts.  Here, we recap some of the highlights:

  • Humanity: The RSA recently gathered a high-profile panel of speakers to explore the hidden agendas behind our values and attitudes toward the place of ‘the human’ in today’s societies, and debate what must now be a key issue for the 21st century.
  • Modernity: The Wasteland and Modernity tried to figure out whether someone who captured modern life so well could really dislike it so much.  When he stared out at a world of radio and cinema, of radical art and universal suffrage, did T.S. Eliot see only a barren, featureless plain?
  • Poetry: Is it possible to appreciate fully Dante’s work without understanding the man himself and the society in which he lived? A recent book attempted to shed new light on what some have called "the greatest of all European poems".

We also listened, inter alia, to the following:

Inspired to strive for food sovereignty worldwide

Grassroots groups worldwide are promoting a new framework to radically alter the way we produce and distribute food.  Uniting behind the banner of "food sovereignty", people are working not just for access to food, but for communities to have the right to democratically define their own food and agricultural systems without harming other people or the environment.

Inspired by the strange and wonderful world of trees

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Challenging us to travel to spend time with memorable trees, Salon offered a dozen of its favourites...

However, Salon also argued that "our species doesn't have a great track record with trees.  Even a cursory look into the oldest, most interesting trees in recorded history reveals stories of thousand-year-old trees getting turned into picnic tables, a solitary tree in the middle of the Sahara getting run over by a drunk truck driver, and virgin European forests being decimated by the Romans for firewood and building materials."