Map of Seeds to Good Anthropocenes

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January 2016 update:

"A great diversity of types of seeds have been submitted, including:

  • Intentional communities (e.g. eco-villages within different cultures, smart cities)
  • Social movements (e.g.15-M, transition towns)
  • Green technology & design (e.g. green buildings, solar innovations, biomimicry)
  • New approaches (e.g. to sustainable food production, democratic governance, research, management; permaculture, and urban farming have been especially popular suggestions)
  • Organizations addressing multiple challenges simultaneously (e.g. conservation/development/poverty/education/marginalization)
  • Education programs, research or knowledge networks
  • More abstract, radical ideas (not seeds under our criteria of the seeds needing to exist at least in prototype form, but we are keeping these ideas as they might signal future seeds that we should take into account)

The seeds have been organized into a sortable database that includes all the information that was submitted with each seed (visit our ‘submit a seed’ page to see what information is collected), as well as some additional coding by us, that categorizes the seeds by ‘type’, ‘type of action’, ‘major challenges addressed’, etc. We are still experimenting with the coding so that we can analyze and make sense of the kinds of seeds that are being sent to us. We plan to eventually make this database public for all to see and use.

Our preliminary analyses of the seed database have identified a number of clusters of seeds, and we have named these clusters based on the types of seeds they contain: AgroEcology, Urban Ecology, Future Knowledge, Conservation Ecology, Political Ecology, and Climate Smart. These brief descriptions indicate that seeds have different goals, focus on different problems and adopt different methods. For example, the political ecology seeds focus on environmental justice while climate smart seeds are focused on applying technical solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While these clusters are diverse, they identify a few gaps in types of seeds submitted.

We would like to increase the diversity of seeds that have been submitted, which means accessing different types of communities and getting better geographical representation." (