“I Want A Revolution”

A conversation with Brigidine elders about the future, with 15 minutes of mindful movements at the beginning. This special event took place on 1 February 2024 when we enjoyed an open conversation with 3,000 years of life experience. As you will hear, we approached the opportunity with some references, including elements of our recent timescape …
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Book of Leaves – a big picture story

Ceara knows things aren’t right, that they can be better for everyone. Like most, she doesn’t have all the answers. But she’s courageous and takes a step in the right direction. She contributes to the emerging future by sharing her passion with thousands of listeners from all walks of life around the world. She curates …
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What is a system change entrepreneur? : in conversation with KCLR

KCLR’s spoke with us for their Ours to Protect series.   In November, KCLR producer Ethna Quirke spoke to Tom Butler about his retreat from the corporate world, a return to nature and his work with the Carlow County Environmental Network and their upcoming “Feast upon the Earth” event. The programme was released in two broadcasts: …
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Feast Upon The Earth – The Book

Back in April when we sat down to brainstorm over a coffee and dreamed up an installation exploring the human relationship with nature we had no idea it would lead to such wide insights and wonderful feedback from visitors. Feast Upon The Earth was a powerful experience and the resulting timescape brought out new understanding …
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We’re at IMMA’s Earth Rising Festival in September!

Astraea will exhibit at IMMA’s Earth Rising festival this September. IMMA welcomed people from all walks of life for this 4-day event that invites “eco related programming showcasing the most exciting innovators in the field of eco citizen science, design & creativity, empowering audiences to become agents of change.” That’s us! Our installation Feast Upon …
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Keep Calm and Carry On … With Monarchy?

The recent coronation of King Charles in the UK prompted us to reflect on the role of monarchy in our world today. Pam and Tom, one brought up in suburban Canada the other in privileged boarding schools, share their perspectives.

The Carlow Butlers

A nice little video of family history focusing on the story from Edmund of Cloughgrennan a rebel for Irish self-determination who collaborated with Fiach McHugh O’Byrne in the 14th century, to one of his current descendants. Thanks to Carlow Toursim who coordinated this production, M Co for filming and editing, Tymandra for narration. More history …
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Reflections on Activism

We attended a protest outside the Irish Parliament to object to the deal that Coillte, a State company, made with a UK venture capital company. In this Big Picture Conversation, we reflect on why we went to the gathering and whether activism works.