We work at the interface between agriculture and ecology 

Our Vision

Collaborations working on Living Landscapes

When we speak about ‘collaborations’ we mean working together to solve common challenges and co-creating solutions based on mutual understanding, trust and respect.

 

The power of ‘working on’ a living landscape is that by being based on a landscape, you have your feet planted in the reality on the ground.


Living Landscapes’ refers to a variety of agricultural, ecological and social systems, which are managed sustainably.

Our Principles

Guiding principles help us align our vision to maintain a consistent approach across all landscapes.

 

The following principles are integral to how we operate:

  • We believe that in order to create collective action, you need to build strong relationships and social capital.

  • Our work is dynamic and based on continuous learning.

  • We endeavor to not impose preconceived ideas but to listen carefully to understand the reality and nuances of the landscapes on which we work.

  • We value an informal yet professional approach.

The Living Landscape Approach

Our work is a 'work in progress' and our approach is one we’ve nurtured over many years.

 

It combines 'bottom-based' processes (i.e. on the landscape) and 'top-guided' (i.e. research, policy and global context) processes to facilitate shared learning and collective action. This approach integrates the building blocks of Theory U (developed by the Presencing Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)) and the 4 Returns framework by Commonland.

Landscape Roles

Each individual at Living Lands engages in one or more of the following actions on the landscape:

Landscape Mobilisation 

Forming relationships and developing networks as a basis to work together. 

 

Landscape Facilitation 

Creating a enabling environment for collaboration with partners.

Knowledge Brokering

Improving the knowledge base for rehabilitation by connecting research, and creating a feedback loop to close the knowing-doing gap.


Business Development

Enabling long-term financial and ecological sustainability through the development of 4 Returns business cases and financial sustainability.