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 https://web.archive.org/web/20160401040626/http://www.spacesofexperimentation.net/brussels/luminous-green-gathering/ https://web.archive.org/web/20160401040626/http://www.spacesofexperimentation.net/brussels/luminous-green-gathering/
  
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 Almost a month after having been in touch with f0.am about being able to work together in some shape or form, I received an email letting me know that I was able to participate at the forthcoming Luminous Green (LG) 2010 workshop/gathering/retreat (26-28/07/2010). Almost a month after having been in touch with f0.am about being able to work together in some shape or form, I received an email letting me know that I was able to participate at the forthcoming Luminous Green (LG) 2010 workshop/gathering/retreat (26-28/07/2010).
  
-    Luminous Green 2010 is a retreat about resilience; about a human world, that is enlightened, imaginative, electrified and most importantly – living in a fertile symbiosis with the planet. The retreat offers an exceptional occasion, a place where to learn about and from each other. In the process, the participants will attempt to jointly explore questions related to the theme of the retreat: resilience. What would a resilient human world be like? How do you experience resilience in your life? How do you encourage it in yourself and others? What can we do (or not do) as individuals, communities and organisations to increase the resilience of our environments and cultures?+Luminous Green 2010 is a retreat about resilience; about a human world, that is enlightened, imaginative, electrified and most importantly – living in a fertile symbiosis with the planet. The retreat offers an exceptional occasion, a place where to learn about and from each other. In the process, the participants will attempt to jointly explore questions related to the theme of the retreat: resilience. What would a resilient human world be like? How do you experience resilience in your life? How do you encourage it in yourself and others? What can we do (or not do) as individuals, communities and organisations to increase the resilience of our environments and cultures?
  
-    The retreat aims to stimulate transdisciplinary discussions and collaborations between people from all walks of life – artists, scientists, designers, academics, gardeners, activists, social entrepreneurs, cooks and policy-makers. The invited participants include renowned experts alongside curious enthusiasts, interested in making their work, life or society an example of resilience, innovation and inspiration.+The retreat aims to stimulate transdisciplinary discussions and collaborations between people from all walks of life – artists, scientists, designers, academics, gardeners, activists, social entrepreneurs, cooks and policy-makers. The invited participants include renowned experts alongside curious enthusiasts, interested in making their work, life or society an example of resilience, innovation and inspiration.
  
-    Luminous Green is designed to encourage the interaction and commitment of everyone involved. Inspired by the Art of Hosting, we use a range of participatory facilitation techniques (including Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry and collaborative prototyping) to spawn conversations, contacts and propositions, for looking beyond (and beneath) conservation and sustainability.+Luminous Green is designed to encourage the interaction and commitment of everyone involved. Inspired by the Art of Hosting, we use a range of participatory facilitation techniques (including Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry and collaborative prototyping) to spawn conversations, contacts and propositions, for looking beyond (and beneath) conservation and sustainability.
  
 A few weeks later I received further emails, providing information and details on what to prepare and bring to Belgium with me. I’ve included this ‘Survival Kit’ at the bottom of this post for those who are interested! Another email provided a checklist and an LG reader (full of background information and suggestions for further reading). I travelled by train to London, and from there by Eurostar to Brussels, with the instructions to meet at “Sam’s Café (with the BIG Zebra)”. Under the Big Zebra I met the others who had been on the same train and before too long, nine of us had squeezed into a large van and were on our way to Vielsalm. Upon arrival, following a lengthy diversion in Liege, I found out that I would not be staying in the same place as the others, but would be in a hotel (actually, not so dissimilar from the other place) along with three others, which was just down the road. I was a little disappointed but told myself it was not too important. Those of us living in the hotel dropped off our bags and walked back up together for drinks (aperitivo on the terrace),  a chance to set up a table for the bazaar and listen to a very short introduction to the evening’s activities. Maja welcomed us all and told us that the event was being co-hosted with Hendrik and Simone, that we should take note of the following day’s timetable, and that we would play a quick game, then open the bazaar before dinner. A few weeks later I received further emails, providing information and details on what to prepare and bring to Belgium with me. I’ve included this ‘Survival Kit’ at the bottom of this post for those who are interested! Another email provided a checklist and an LG reader (full of background information and suggestions for further reading). I travelled by train to London, and from there by Eurostar to Brussels, with the instructions to meet at “Sam’s Café (with the BIG Zebra)”. Under the Big Zebra I met the others who had been on the same train and before too long, nine of us had squeezed into a large van and were on our way to Vielsalm. Upon arrival, following a lengthy diversion in Liege, I found out that I would not be staying in the same place as the others, but would be in a hotel (actually, not so dissimilar from the other place) along with three others, which was just down the road. I was a little disappointed but told myself it was not too important. Those of us living in the hotel dropped off our bags and walked back up together for drinks (aperitivo on the terrace),  a chance to set up a table for the bazaar and listen to a very short introduction to the evening’s activities. Maja welcomed us all and told us that the event was being co-hosted with Hendrik and Simone, that we should take note of the following day’s timetable, and that we would play a quick game, then open the bazaar before dinner.
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-LUMINOUS GREEN 2010: SURVIVAL KIT \\+=== LUMINOUS GREEN 2010: SURVIVAL KIT ===
  
 CONTENTS\\ CONTENTS\\
 Practicalities\\ Practicalities\\
-– What can you expect\\ +  * What can you expect\\ 
-– What is expected from you\\ +  What is expected from you\\ 
-– How can you prepare\\ +  How can you prepare\\ 
-– What to bring\\+  What to bring\\
  
 Background information\\ Background information\\
-– Why Luminous Green\\ +  * Why Luminous Green\\ 
-– What is the purpose of Luminous Green 2010\\ +  What is the purpose of Luminous Green 2010\\ 
-– Who is participating\\ +  Who is participating\\ 
-– What would FoAm like to get out of the retreat\\+  What would FoAm like to get out of the retreat\\
  
 PRACTICALITIES\\ PRACTICALITIES\\
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 As soon as the travel plan is finalised, you will receive an email about how to get there.\\ As soon as the travel plan is finalised, you will receive an email about how to get there.\\
  
-Food:\\+Food:
 Vegetarian food will be prepared at the venue every day, using local and organic ingredients when possible. If you have any particular dietary requirements, please let me know.\\ Vegetarian food will be prepared at the venue every day, using local and organic ingredients when possible. If you have any particular dietary requirements, please let me know.\\
  
  
  
-What can you expect?\\+**What can you expect?**
  
-Luminous Green is a workshop in a rural location, aka – a retreat. We have designed the workshop around four questions:\\ +Luminous Green is a workshop in a rural location, aka – a retreat. We have designed the workshop around four questions: 
-– what are possible paths towards a luminous green world?\\ +  what are possible paths towards a luminous green world? 
-– what happens to us & our paths in turbulent times?\\ +  what happens to us & our paths in turbulent times? 
-– how can we recognise and cultivate resilient behaviours?\\ +  how can we recognise and cultivate resilient behaviours? 
-– why resilience?\\+  why resilience?
  
 We will explore these questions through a varied programme – from conversations to walks to visualisations & prototyping. We will do our best to create an open space (literally using OST, as well as other facilitation methods) to encourage your pro-active participation. Early in the workshop we will plan and design the sessions together. You can propose to host sessions, to participate in sessions initiated by others, or jointly design one on the spot. We will offer a context and some guidance, plenty of food & a place to stay, the rest is up to you. We will explore these questions through a varied programme – from conversations to walks to visualisations & prototyping. We will do our best to create an open space (literally using OST, as well as other facilitation methods) to encourage your pro-active participation. Early in the workshop we will plan and design the sessions together. You can propose to host sessions, to participate in sessions initiated by others, or jointly design one on the spot. We will offer a context and some guidance, plenty of food & a place to stay, the rest is up to you.
  
-More about:\\ +More about: 
-– OST (Open Space Technology) http://www.openspaceworld.org/\\ +  OST (Open Space Technology) http://www.openspaceworld.org/ 
-– Luminous Green http://luminousgreen.org and http://libarynth.org/luminous/\\+  Luminous Green http://luminousgreen.org and http://libarynth.org/luminous/
  
  
-What is expected of you?\\+**What is expected of you?**
  
 In an open space event the key thing to remember is that you are responsible for your own experience. We expect you to be yourself  – curious, open-minded and motivated.  We encourage you to explore both common & uncommon grounds. Hope to be surprised and be unafraid of being challenged by your fellow participants, regardless of their background and experience. In an open space event the key thing to remember is that you are responsible for your own experience. We expect you to be yourself  – curious, open-minded and motivated.  We encourage you to explore both common & uncommon grounds. Hope to be surprised and be unafraid of being challenged by your fellow participants, regardless of their background and experience.
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-How can you prepare?\\+How can you prepare?
  
 1. By reading this email before you arrive\\ 1. By reading this email before you arrive\\
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-What to bring?\\+**What to bring?**
  
 a. Comfortable clothing, walking shoes & swimming gear\\ a. Comfortable clothing, walking shoes & swimming gear\\
-– weather can be quite unpredictable, so you may want to bring things for hot, chilly & rainy conditions.\\+  * weather can be quite unpredictable, so you may want to bring things for hot, chilly & rainy conditions.\\
  
 b. At least one item of your local food or drink, to share with others.\\ b. At least one item of your local food or drink, to share with others.\\
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 d. Books, movies, music, games…\\ d. Books, movies, music, games…\\
-– things that inspire you and with which you’d like to inspire others.\\+  * things that inspire you and with which you’d like to inspire others.\\
  
 e. A sample from your work & life for the bazaar\\ e. A sample from your work & life for the bazaar\\
-– stuff that is easy to lay out on a table or hang on a wall – books, posters, images, physical objects… (see above).\\+  * stuff that is easy to lay out on a table or hang on a wall – books, posters, images, physical objects… (see above).\\
  
 f. Props & materials for session(s) you’re planning to host\\ f. Props & materials for session(s) you’re planning to host\\
-– the more visual and tactile the results of your sessions, the more they may contribute to the atmosphere of the retreat – so think about bringing printed photos, diagrams, physical objects, textiles, tools…\\+  * the more visual and tactile the results of your sessions, the more they may contribute to the atmosphere of the retreat – so think about bringing printed photos, diagrams, physical objects, textiles, tools…\\
  
 g. Accessories for morning practice (yoga, meditation, krav maga…)\\ g. Accessories for morning practice (yoga, meditation, krav maga…)\\
-– optional, depending on what you’d like to do (loose clothing, mats and/or cushions, etc.).\\+  * optional, depending on what you’d like to do (loose clothing, mats and/or cushions, etc.).\\
  
-BACKGROUND INFORMATION\\ +=== BACKGROUND INFORMATION === 
-Why Luminous Green?\\+ 
 +**Why Luminous Green?**
  
 Luminous Green is a series of gatherings (workshops, retreats, symposia) for people who are committed to and engaged in creating a ‘luminous green world’. What do we mean by that? FoAM’s vision of a thriving future is firstly green – fresh, lush & flourishing. It includes humans living in symbiosis with the rest of the planet. The ‘luminous’ suggests ‘illuminated, electrified and imaginative’. Illuminated in the sense of enlightened, where we can act from a place of considered reflection and awareness of the reality around us. Electrified as in sparkling, energetic & vigorous, as well as literally producing & consuming electricity to feed an open, connected and clean technological development. Finally, a human world becomes truly luminous & radiant by drawing upon the imagination of everyone involved.\\ Luminous Green is a series of gatherings (workshops, retreats, symposia) for people who are committed to and engaged in creating a ‘luminous green world’. What do we mean by that? FoAM’s vision of a thriving future is firstly green – fresh, lush & flourishing. It includes humans living in symbiosis with the rest of the planet. The ‘luminous’ suggests ‘illuminated, electrified and imaginative’. Illuminated in the sense of enlightened, where we can act from a place of considered reflection and awareness of the reality around us. Electrified as in sparkling, energetic & vigorous, as well as literally producing & consuming electricity to feed an open, connected and clean technological development. Finally, a human world becomes truly luminous & radiant by drawing upon the imagination of everyone involved.\\
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 A luminous green world is a place that FoAM is committed to cultivating, through our various activities. The gathering in which you are participating is one of these activities, inviting a diverse group of people to briefly step out of their daily maelstroms and help us look at what’s around us today, as well as thinking about various paths that we could take, to make our lives more luminous – as individuals, organisations, communities & even species. We emphasize the importance of the involvement of artists, designers and other cultural creatives in transdisciplinary strategies.\\ A luminous green world is a place that FoAM is committed to cultivating, through our various activities. The gathering in which you are participating is one of these activities, inviting a diverse group of people to briefly step out of their daily maelstroms and help us look at what’s around us today, as well as thinking about various paths that we could take, to make our lives more luminous – as individuals, organisations, communities & even species. We emphasize the importance of the involvement of artists, designers and other cultural creatives in transdisciplinary strategies.\\
  
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-What is the purpose of Luminous Green 2010?\\+ 
 +**What is the purpose of Luminous Green 2010?**
  
 Keeping in mind our aim to cultivate a luminous green world, this year we want to look at how to maintain flexibility and resilience in turbulent times. How do we keep our options open in the face of uncertainty? Whether environmental catastrophes, economic downturns, illnesses, miscommunication, or any other obstacles can become opportunities to increase luminosity. This ability to face the unknown by observing & absorbing, to respond, adapt and transform is what we understand as resilience.\\ Keeping in mind our aim to cultivate a luminous green world, this year we want to look at how to maintain flexibility and resilience in turbulent times. How do we keep our options open in the face of uncertainty? Whether environmental catastrophes, economic downturns, illnesses, miscommunication, or any other obstacles can become opportunities to increase luminosity. This ability to face the unknown by observing & absorbing, to respond, adapt and transform is what we understand as resilience.\\
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 During the retreat, we are interested in exploring ideas & techniques to help us cultivate resilience in individuals, societies and cultures. On the other hand, we’d like to dissect the concept of ‘resilience’ and question it from multiple perspectives.\\ During the retreat, we are interested in exploring ideas & techniques to help us cultivate resilience in individuals, societies and cultures. On the other hand, we’d like to dissect the concept of ‘resilience’ and question it from multiple perspectives.\\
  
-We have designed the retreat around four main questions:\\ +We have designed the retreat around four main questions 
-– what are possible paths towards a luminous green world?\\ +  what are possible paths towards a luminous green world? 
-– what happens to us & our paths in turbulent times?\\ +  what happens to us & our paths in turbulent times? 
-– how can we recognise and cultivate resilient behaviours?\\ +  how can we recognise and cultivate resilient behaviours? 
-– why resilience?\\+  why resilience?
  
-We’d like to explore these questions across different scales (from human scale to planetary scale), from perspectives of different disciplines and cultures,  using the mental, manual & ephemeral skills at our disposal. In other words – we would like to stimulate a diversity of ideas, approaches and methods, to help us untangle the complexity of our present condition, in a playful and inspiring manner. Vague? Complex? Ambitious? Perhaps, but we invited you to participate, because we think you can shed light on vague things, clarify complexity & have the ability to implement ambitious plans. We thought you could help.\\ +We’d like to explore these questions across different scales (from human scale to planetary scale), from perspectives of different disciplines and cultures,  using the mental, manual & ephemeral skills at our disposal. In other words – we would like to stimulate a diversity of ideas, approaches and methods, to help us untangle the complexity of our present condition, in a playful and inspiring manner. Vague? Complex? Ambitious? Perhaps, but we invited you to participate, because we think you can shed light on vague things, clarify complexity & have the ability to implement ambitious plans. We thought you could help. 
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 +**Who is participating?**
  
-Who is participating?\\ 
 Audrone Alijosiute: Works to connect Lithuanian environmentalists & improve their communication at ECAT in Lithuania\\ Audrone Alijosiute: Works to connect Lithuanian environmentalists & improve their communication at ECAT in Lithuania\\
 http://lokys.ecat.lt/\\ http://lokys.ecat.lt/\\
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 http://se.linkedin.com/pub/johan-zetterquist/9/791/797\\ http://se.linkedin.com/pub/johan-zetterquist/9/791/797\\
  
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 +**What would FoAM like to get out of this retreat?**
  
-What would FoAM like to get out of this retreat?\\ +For FoAM, Luminous Green is a way to broaden our views and question our assumptions, to be able to make our activities relevant and interesting to people like yourself. One way of achieving that is to have good documentation that we can look back on and share with people we work with. A less tangible   outcome, but in a way much more fundamental, is that we hope you will take something away that is meaningful to your work & life. What that something is, we can’t say in advance. In the past, this has included ideas for new projects, new friendships, and new directions. Others found unexpected answers to old questions or opened up new questions. Finally, we especially hope for your continued contact & involvement with FoAM. But first, let’s meet and see what happens!
-For FoAM, Luminous Green is a way to broaden our views and question our assumptions, to be able to make our activities relevant and interesting to people like yourself. One way of achieving that is to have good documentation that we can look back on and share with people we work with. A less tangible   outcome, but in a way much more fundamental, is that we hope you will take something away that is meaningful to your work & life. What that something is, we can’t say in advance. In the past, this has included ideas for new projects, new friendships, and new directions. Others found unexpected answers to old questions or opened up new questions. Finally, we especially hope for your continued contact & involvement with FoAM. But first, let’s meet and see what happens!\\+
  
  
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-    joe says:  +joe says: August 18, 2010 at 23:55 
-    August 18, 2010 at 23:55 +
  
-    offbeat, quirky and exciting – did you have sensory overload from it all?+offbeat, quirky and exciting – did you have sensory overload from it all?
  
-    that momentary glimpse of Olafur must have been serendipitously satisfying moment of affirmation in your fieldwork? a transient space of clarity amongst the chaos(ophy) of fieldlife????+that momentary glimpse of Olafur must have been serendipitously satisfying moment of affirmation in your fieldwork? a transient space of clarity amongst the chaos(ophy) of fieldlife????
  
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