About

Seeding our Future (SOF) is a non-profit initiative, started in 2017.  The founder and main funder is Alan Heeks, a social entrepreneur and writer.

Our partner organisations include the Schumacher Institute, Westminster Centre for Resilience, The Centre for Future Thinking at Hawkwood College and others. Our local partners in the Bridport area include Bridport Local Food Group and Transition Town Bridport.

Alan has been exploring resilience for many years: he has led numerous workshops on this theme, and set up Hazel Hill Wood, a residential centre showing how to learn resilience from natural ecosystems. He is now working closely with Professor Jem Bendell’s Deep Adaptation approach to climate change, exploring in particular how this can be applied with businesses, communities and public service providers.

The present is already so uncertain  that most of us don’t want to consider the future: but surely the pressures and changes we face now are likely to continue, and increase?  The aim of the Seeding our Future project is to evolve and share ways that individuals, communities and public service providers in the UK can grow their resilience skills and wisdom to thrive and adapt to meet future pressures positively.  A distinctive aspect of our approach is using contact with Nature as a catalyst, helping people to open to new viewpoints and learn from the resilience of ecosystems.

The overall aims of Seeding our Future is to work as a pioneer and catalyst: identifying new issues, and creating or gathering processes to help our client groups to face them. We aim to do this by running pilot projects, achieving proof of concept and then sharing our experience through train the trainer programmes or online resources to encourage others to use them. Seeding our Future (SOF) is a non-profit project, started in 2017.  The founder and main funder is Alan Heeks, a social entrepreneur and writer (see www.naturalhappiness.net).  Alan has been exploring resilience for many years: he has led numerous workshops on this theme, and set up Hazel Hill Wood, a 70-acre conservation woodland and residential centre showing how to learn resilience from natural ecosystems (see www.hazelhill.org.uk).

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