Welcome to the CityCrafting Solutions blog, co-sponsored by CityCraft Community Partners, The CityCraft Foundation, and Solutions Journal.  This new blog represents our desire to build sustainable, equitable and resilient human habitat by featuring a way of practice in restoring communities developed over three generations that we call “CityCrafting.” Rapid urbanization, climate change, income and asset inequality, social isolation and the disintegration of the social contract have combined to create very real consequences, especially for the most vulnerable among us. We are committed to advancing our understanding and implementation of the regenerative principles needed to build flourishing, inclusive communities. Our blog will regularly feature our principals within CityCraft on a rotating weekly basis and will also bring in scholars, practitioners, thought leaders and others engaged in defining, implementing, and evaluating regenerative designs, processes and outcomes. 

In addition, we also want to actively engage you, our reader.  Please respond to our blog entries and join the conversation to advance our thinking and practice.  We welcome candid conversation and constructive criticism, but this is not the place for ad hominem attacks or trolling, and we reserve the right to remove comments or block participants who do not engage in respectful dialogue. 

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Enduring Curiosity Podcast

The Enduring Curiosity Podcast is a production of Lugus Films Media and is brought to you by Enduring Curiosity in association with CityCraft and Solutions Journal. The podcast will release a new episode every two weeks beginning on Earth Day 2021 featuring a diverse cast of voices offering multi-disciplinary solutions to the challenges facing our planet. 

Grey Gowder hosts a series of conversations with thought-leaders, community leaders, scientists, and storytellers working to transform our world. This inspirational and educational podcast encourages listeners to pursue their curiosities about the world and to never stop learning.

Tripp Brower – Apparent Winds Enduring Curiosity

Tripp Brower returns from his epic two-year sailing adventure  Apparent Winds with a new perspective on the world. Tripp set off from Charleston in November 2019 with Zach Bjur as part of an expedition of learning and storytelling. Their goal was to document and learn from coastal and island communities along their route of circumnavigation to better understand how these communities who were facing the impacts of climate change, plastic pollution and biodiversity loss in the oceans were working to protect and restore these key natural systems that underpinned their identities and their survival. When the COVID pandemic shut down the world early into their expedition, Tripp, now alone in the harbor of the remote Marquesan island of Hiva Oa was forced the slow the blistering speed of the journey and was able to fully immerse himself first into Marquesan and later Polynesian communities and tradition. Just as the pandemic created the unexpected opportunity of immersing himself into life in the island chains that make up French Polynesia, the entire path of the journey rerouted north to Hawaii where he met his partner Kiera, to Alaska, and back to Charleston via a second transit of the Panama Canal.  Tripp got to see first-hand the power of local solutions led by local people and informed by traditional knowledge and wisdom. He saw that the answer to climate change and other challenges facing our world is multi-disciplinary, intersectional, and highly diverse across bioregions and cultures. What remained consistently true though was that a deep and intimate connection to the surrounding natural world was common among the stewards and advocates of these living human and natural communities. As Tripp maps out his vision for an ambitious Phase 2 for Apparent Winds, he is guided by the transformative experiences he had throughout his journey from the inspirational Coral Gardeners of Mo'orea to the environmental stewards of Alaska like Dune Lankard and Louise Brady of the Herring Protectors. He sees the future is regenerative and largely comes from an inspired new generation guided by stories of hope for the future that they can shape in their image.  He echoes the oft-used phrase by ocean and river advocates around the world, "We are connected by the water." Phase 1 of Apparent Winds will appear in an upcoming documentary film directed by Grey Gowder for Lugus Films. Show Notes:Guest – Tripp BrowerHost – Grey GowderMusic (via Epidemic Sound) – "Deep in the Blue" (Instrumental Version)  by Ingrid WittPhoto courtesy of Boba Jovanovic on Unsplash.Produced by Lugus Films Media
  1. Tripp Brower – Apparent Winds
  2. The 50 States Project – In Search of America
  3. Will Freund – Climate Kayak and Conversation
  4. Mark Haver – A Global Blue New Deal
  5. Skye Steritz – A Regenerative Ocean Farm

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Who are we?

CityCraft Community Partners

CityCraft Community Partners are John L. Knott, Jr., Michael Ibarra, and W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., scholars and practitioners in the areas of regenerative capital, governance, and leadership.  CityCraft Community Partners is organized as a South Carolina benefit corporation works with communities by invitation to assist them in conceiving and implementing bioregional solutions that will result in investment in growing local capacity. 

The CityCraft Foundation

The CityCraft Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation principally engaged in founding, nurturing, and connecting community nonprofit initiatives at the local and bioregional level.  The Foundation works in communities throughout the United States and is led by Executive Director Katherine Teague, based in Denver, Colorado. 

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