One of the stories I'll br sharing with you from New Mexico comes from Rohan Guyot Sutherland, who works at the Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, NM. I don't have the words to express how excited I am about Earthships; even though the original designs hail from the 70s, they are a manifestation of my vision for the future.
Have you heard of Earthship Biotecture before? If so, you'll know that an earthship is an off-the-grid, self-sustaining home that can even produce all of your food. When I visited Taos, Rohan gave me the low-down on the architecture and principles of Earthships, and I had the opportunity to tour a few different homes. I'll be sharing all this with you in the Hike the Divide film.
In the meantime, if you just can't wait to learn about these incredible buildings, I have a podcast interview with Earthship visionary Mike Reynolds, hosted by Collin Gabriel of Hatch Innovation for you. Which brings me to my next point - HatchLabPDX.
Hatch Innovation is a 501 (c)(3) social enterprise based in Portland, Oregon. Their initiatives fall under four categories:
- A clear path to get social entrepreneurs through the launch process: PurposeWorks
- A local place and community in which ideas for a better world can be tested: Hatch Labs
- A profit mechanism for Oregonians to raise local investments: Hatch Oregon
- A policy platform for ecosystem developers to implement best practice for community capital: ComCap
I want to talk about the second category, Hatch Labs. Kristen Mico and I (that's right, the whole Hike the Divide team!) have spent the last month working out of HatchLabPDX. Described as "more than a coworking space," membership includes: "access to not only physical resources – such as meeting rooms, coffee, tea, homemade baked goods, homegrown salads, phone booths, standing desks, web conference equipment, etc. – but also invites you to our monthly community gatherings, events focused on social enterprise and innovation, connections to business and nonprofit professionals, and a panel discussion series (and live Hatch the Future podcast recording) devoted to talking about the untalkable."
Hike the Divide is all about community and building a better world - if you've followed along at all, you already know this. We're grateful to the Hatch team for working with our post-production budget so that we could enjoy this fertile work space filled with earnest folks working to build a better future.
Coming soon: our first teaser trailer! Stay tuned.