Social Forum - The PEI Ark: An Early Exploration in Weaving Together Biology, Energy and Architecture on Behalf of Humanity

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8 April, 2008

An Early Exploration in Weaving Together Biology, Energy and Architecture on Behalf of Humanity?

The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. (IBS), invites you to join our Tuesday Night Social Forums; 114 Upper Prince Street.

Each events begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a presentation followed by informal discussion.
There is no fee however, participants are asked to bring something for potluck supper to share during the discussion. The intent is to build a community action network by sharing ideas and informing each other about issues affecting our future.

Please note that forum dates may be subject to change. Call (902-367-0390) to confirm the date, and your participation.


In 1969, Nancy Willis joined Dr. John Todd, Nancy Jack Todd and Dr. Bill McLarney to form the New Alchemy Institute, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. From the beginning, the Institute's credo, was "to restore the land, protect the seas, and inform the Earth's Stewards."

In the early 1970's Nancy teamed up with Ole Hammerlund of Soltech Architects and moved to Prince Edward Island to develop New Alchemy's second research centre. The PEI Ark, an integrated greenhouse and home with lush organic gardens, solar algae tanks for aquaculture and some innovative, home-grown windmill designs.

According to a recent CBC documentary on the Ark, the New Alchemists inspired a generation of innovative thinkers and progressive activists to migrate to the Island. New Alchemy's legacy is a matrix of early explorations that wove together biology, energy and architecture; charting the course for developing a safe and sustainable world.

Tonight, both Nancy and Ole, will recount their ambitious, visionary experiences with New Alchemy and facilitate a discussion on implementing small-scale, decentralized, energy, food, architecture and manufacturing networks in villages all across Prince Edward Island.

Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Meade, Anthropologist: On her reflections about the New Alchemists.

Charlottetown  Prince Edward Island