The Eyrie is a nesting space; a place to perch and observe the interconnectedness between all things, from which creative visions are born.
An eyrie (pronounced air-ee or eye-ree) is the name for a nest but particularly those belonging to birds of prey. They are usually high up, e.g. on cliff faces and therefore offer a unique view of the world. Birds of prey have many associations but the most predominant one is vision- it is their keenest sense. From their position they are able to see both the big picture and the details.
What the birds see and we often have trouble seeing is that everything is interconnected and therefore interdependent. I personally believe that most problems arise from a position of disconnection with other people and the more-than-human world. Not just literally but also from the belief in the metanarrative that we are separate from other humans, other species, and ‘nature’.
The aim of The Eyrie is to creatively explore and celebrate reconnection. It uses creativity as the base from which to develop this for 3 reasons:
- the definition of creativity is to form connections between previously unrelated ideas. Therefore it (along with systems thinking) seems to me to be one of the best tools we can use to foster these points of reconnection;
- the benefits are in the word itself- it can be used to recreate ways of living that support and thrive on interconnectedness, rather than just occupy a space of opposition to ‘the problems’ which only further feeds the mindset of separation; and
- it best expresses vision in a plurality of inspirational mediums and disciplines that lead to hope, which leads to change.
All of this is good and well in theory but how can we put it into practice? I once read a proverb by chief Dan George that said- “If you talk to the animals, they will talk to you, and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” So far many of the dialogues on global issues are centred around fear, whether they be terrorism, food security, climate change or disease. On the micro level, however, ordinary people in communities around the world are building relationships with their neighbours regardless of race, or getting to know the farmer who grows their food, or familiarising themselves with the seasonal cycles or the local wildlife. I really believe the way forward is to move on from these fear-based dialogues- to redirect the focus from talking about the issues and instead start talking to the issues at a level that we can personalise i.e. within our communities, whether they be in urban or regional areas. The Eyrie is about creating a space to personally and collectively engage in that conversation.