RESILIENT COMMUNITIES: traditional habitus and habitats…

-the NEXT CIVILISATION-

From the resilient world of Indigenous people (and insects), instructions for living…

"Perhaps we should be looking at these mentors, at all biological (and cultural) elders on earth that have figured out how to create a sustainable world before us.” ~J. Benyus 

Bees make honey in a hive

social insects community

A biologic example of social organisation. For decades entomologists have known that insect colonies are capable of complex collective actions, even though individuals adhere to straightforward routines. "In essence, we believe that social insects have been so successful and they are almost everywhere in the ecosphere – because of three characteristics: flexibility / robustness / self organization (Bonabeau and Meyer 2001: 108).

An Indigenous Australian community

Ingenuity. An 1845 sketch by J.H. Le Keux shows an Aboriginal village near the NSW/SA border.

Ingenuity. An 1845 sketch by J.H. Le Keux shows an Aboriginal village near the NSW/SA border.

A cultural example of social organization. Indigenous Australian communities can be considered among the highest example of resilience in human history. Thanks to their organization in semi-nomadic communities and villages, the traditional Aboriginal economy was much more complex and varied than most textbooks have described, with finely built domes, methods of collecting and storing seeds to prolong the season of many months, as well as fish traps,  weirs and ponds, all designed in a perfect balance with the ecosystem.

 

A freeDOME community

A freeDOME community

the agriCAMP - permaculture and landscape ecology project for a fragile territory regeneration in Tuscany, IT.

 

Both these biological and cultural examples of resilient communities show that social life has more advantages than solitary life to favour the 'evolution of the species’ and protection of the biodiversity. -Diversity brings Resiliency which brings Evolution-

 

Looking at these teachings from nature and from the oldest civilisation, Biomimesis mission is to define a ‘DIVERSE’ model for the NEXT CIVILIZATION: networked, multidisciplinary and multicultural Community Camps, where people with different skills, culture and potentials can learn to co-exixt, collaborate and co-create through nature. 

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