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From Sustainable to Shared Hospitality

Two years ago we introduced the concept of "sustainable hospitality exchange", as an approach to understand hospitality and as a framework to see how we can be hospitatible 'sustainably': on a personal level (that we can remain hospitable), on a group level (host-guest relationships) and on a network level (the social networks behind hospitality exchange).


Manu and me visited Amsterdam to go to the 'State of the Map'-conference, about the OpenStreetMap. If you've never heard about OpenStreetMap, I will tell you a little about it: Basically the OpenStreetMap is to maps, what Wikipedia is to encyclopedias; a community-based project to collect geographic information like streets, parks, pubs - everything which might be interesting.

How much plastic do we produce?

Plastic kills. Though, knowing something but not acting means the knowing is worthless. Why do we still use plastic in our daily lives? Because it is unavoidable? Perhaps. Look around you, how many of those products is made out of plastic? Here I can see my phone, this computer, the mouse, the printer, speakers, lens-care, cd-cases, a plastic bag, a bike-light and some more plastic cases for one thing or another. Most of these things don't get thrown away (yet), but once it is thrown away, what happens to it? And what can we do about it, here in the house?

Lightfoot Deliveries

Cycling around paris, one corner to the other, Charlie and I had important business to take care of... a lightfoot letter each in need of delivery.
Both Lukas' words and Mattieu's delightful little box of matches found their rightful owners, but we're still relunctant to call it a complete success...


So, my project is officially a work in progress.

I bought a sewing machine from a junky today.
He found it in a canal, so it's sustainable.
Only, the junky was disguised as a sweet old man who owns a little shop in Weesp that specializes in selling sewing machines (as well as thread and zippers).

It is a 1969 PMC Lichtgewicht (a child of the 60s, probably a rebel in its time. and lightweight, about 20 kilo, so very portable, would probably be a good conversation piece while hitch hiking)


Lightfoot Lessons

Ok, so there's a bit of info missing from the first post, and we're all so keen to get these letters on the road... so here is a little more info on ideas:

For now (as far as im aware) there is only one Lightfoot Sustainable Post Box, and thats at the casa.

- Make Your Own Box:
The ideal here is to have as many boxes in as many places as possible. If you would love to share your home/space and open it up as a Lightfoot Centre, that is one of the best ways you can help. Design a box, deck it out with the logo, and get all your friends to start writing!

Lightfoot Sustainable Post sweeping the globe

Lightfoot in AmsterdamLightfoot in Amsterdam Lightfoot is about writing letters.
Real letters. Not a complex pattern of zeros and ones, transmitted via dubious technology of uncertain consequences, but real paper, written in your personal hand, carrying your scent and trace oils from your fingertips, your creativity, and your unique, one-of-a-kind style. There's something pure that inspires trust when a handwritten letter is delivered; a personal touch that strengthens your community, however far away they may be, in a way that the internet simply could never do.

Tikopia: the story of a society how made the choise to become sustainable

Tikopia is a very small (5 km²) and remote island located in the state of the Salomon Islands. Although the area is mainly inhabited by Melanesian populations, the 1200 Tikopia natives which live almost in autarky are from a polynesian background. This island is one of the finest examples of traditional sustainable development.