The invention of timekeeping changed our relationship with time forever, which lead to the emergence of Fast culture.
First expressed via Slow Food, the ‘Slow’ meme is popping up in many areas of life (Slow Travel, Slow Thinking, Slow Money, Slow Design, Slow Medicine etc) as a reaction to the impacts that the false god of speed has on ourselves, others and the planet. The pace that modern life dictates presents many challenges to our health and wellbeing, relationships, creativity, problem-solving, the functioning of groups and has impacts beyond humanity in the rest of the natural world. With speed comes increasing strain and fraying of connection to ourselves, others and the planet. The Slow Movement seeks to re-correct this.
Aim of the project
Slow is elegant in its simplicity while conveying profoundly important concepts. There is already a trend towards Slow and I want to ensure it continues for the sake of creating thriving people, communities and planet. This project aims to engage people in Slow by demonstrating how Slow relates to everyday life areas, providing experiences of Slow in action so Slow can be felt not just intellectually understood, and assisting people to develop Slow Skills. Read more about why I am devoting myself to this project here.
The main activities of the project are:
Slow Experiments – In order to test theories about how to implement Slow, I will experiment on myself and with others with by conducting Slow public experiments and incorporate good evaluation into my Slow Challenges and Slow Skills workshops and events.
Slow Conversations – There’s nothing like a good dialogue to build understanding, so I will be meeting with various people who are implementing Slow in one way or another in their lives (whether they call it ‘Slow’ or not) and get their perspective on how and why. I love collecting stories while travelling around on a bicycle.
Slow Skills – This aspect of the project is about learning how to implement Slow, but equally about remembering how to implement Slow. All of us already do Slow in some way.
The Way of Nature – I am now a trained guide with the Way of Nature, offering immersive experiences in nature with processes that embody Slow principles. If you are serious about learning about going deep Slow in a way that will profoundly change your life, these retreats are for you!
Research – The above activities are being incorporated into a PhD study for a deeper understanding of Slow and how to implement it.
The strategy is to capitalise on the growing awareness of the impacts of Fast culture. I will engage people by using my own transition story, offering experiential, hands-on learning about Slow and leveraging the ride to gather interest and collect more stories about Slow.
The target audience for the experiential side of The Slow Project are people who are awakening to the value of living life less hurriedly, just beginning to wonder what all this stuff about meditation, mindfulness and connecting to nature really is about. It is people who are ready for change. This applies not just to individuals but to organisations as well as we realise how detrimental Fast is to performance, tackling complex problems, teamwork, occupational health and wellness, creativity, leadership and employee engagement.