A legacy inspired by nature

 

Why

The Southwood Foundation has been set up with one thing in mind: to do things differently. The world is not an infinite resource. Climate change is real. The world’s population is growing.  We must find ways of living that are truly sustainable.  But finding solutions can be challenging.

The Southwood Foundation is facing this challenge by bringing together disruptive thinkers, innovators and those who can bring their ideas to life to share ideas and answers.

We work with like-minded people in the wider community to imagine, create and deliver solutions to the challenges that will define our era.  With funding opportunities and expertise, we help to grow ideas that reconnect with nature and disconnect with carbon in everyday life.

We start with co-operation and a mindset for change in the way we live in the city. We are building a community that applies great ideas and cutting-edge research to the challenges facing all of us.  In doing so, we are committed to a principled, radical and innovative agenda.

Solutions will be put in the public domain for the benefit of all.

Together we can build solutions around this common purpose, so we don’t fail ourselves, or our future.

Join us.

Disrupting and innovating to be sustainable

Values

It is time to ask: “What are the right things to do?” instead of “How can we do things more efficiently?”. We are a pioneering group of individuals, knowledgeable, aspirational and determined to get things done. We believe the only way to do this is to collaborate, be open, transparent and personable.  We work for the good of all and are committed to a principled agenda for achieving our goals.

Themes

It should be second nature that all life is an inter-connected system, and that we need to live within the planet’s natural limitations. If we are to radically change how we live, then our solutions can’t be short-term, partial or incomplete. They must address the problem as a whole. We welcome, therefore, holistic ideas for affecting lasting change in two key areas: nature and carbon.

Nature

Natural systems are efficient, effective, and do not generate waste. We need to work with nature, not against it. It’s vital that we learn about it and from it; that we make space for its many and varied forms to thrive; and that our nature-led solutions are applied where they are most needed including cities. We support ideas that appreciate, use and/or copy nature to create similarly sustainable systems in the built environment.

Carbon

Increased levels of carbon dioxide result in global warming and associated climate change. If we are to free ourselves of our dependence on carbon, then we need to change how we live.  This includes our homes and places of work and play.  How we feed and clean ourselves.  How we move around. Our means of production of all we consume.  How we deal with waste.  We are interested in ideas that help us to decarbonise our society.