Let me introduce myself briefly;
I’m Sam, and I’m really happy to be part of the Bucky Box team. For a long time, I have really enjoyed the beautiful sights & sounds that this world has on offer – I’ve travelled, I’ve volunteered, I’ve swum in oceans, lakes and rivers, I’ve eaten amazing local produce, I’ve planted trees, I’ve lived in the jungle of Borneo, and I’ve spent time trying to capture all those moments with the camera which rarely leaves my side. I see a world where those sights will still be around for my children, and theirs in turn; however I also know I live in a world where the rate of resource use is far outstripping any conservation efforts I see happening.
For awhile I ignored this concern, not knowing what I could do to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Serendipity intervened, and I found myself leaving a comfortable job in London, in favour of a volunteer stint in Borneo working on youth development, running an environmentally focused project to enhance scientific access to some remote primary jungle in Sabah. This was a game changer for me – from the people I met, to the time I spent surrounded by centuries-old forest, and the sights of agriculture & forestry practices encroaching on these precious remaining areas. It gave me a direction, which I followed to Australia and eventually New Zealand – working with a leading volunteer engagement organisation based around conservation work & education. Sustainable practices around our use of land, our valuing of eco-systems, and seeing some of these pristine patches of wonder, became a very important value I hold close to me.
Life has dealt me a lucky hand when it comes to the food side of things. I grew up in the UK, but spent a lot of time in France with my family as a kid – you can’t spend time in France without coming to love food. Everywhere I’ve travelled, I’ve delighted in the colours, smells, tastes & culture based around food. It’s integral to our every day lives, and I love to celebrate that. I was quite a cook as a youngster in the UK, and that’s threaded happily through my life, whatever country I’ve lived in, and I saw it for a long time as my sole creative outlet in life. In short, food has always been really important to me – but relatively speaking, I used to know so very little about where it came from, how it came to arrive on my plate, and the importance of connecting these dots.
Finally the collision of purposeful work infiltrated my life when I moved to Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand back in 2010. I fell in with the Intersect crew, and began working with Enspiral (a social innovations collective) to grow a business/movement out of our key assets – about 15 good people. I realised more and more over the coming 9 months, that I had a burning desire to spend my life working on something which I felt would achieve considerable positive impact on the big issues of our time. Enspiral is only just beginning, and I jumped at the opportunity to work on one of our first positive impact start ups: Bucky Box – Tools for a better food system.
So taking a step back, and realising how important addressing some of these larger issues facing us, is to me and the rest of our team, I can’t think of a better serendipitous opportunity to come my way.
courtesy of alicehenneman (http://bit.ly/pcECLm)
Our excitement is now building, and in my role as the community facilitator, I’m regularly speaking to people who are itching to get their hands on our software, as well as conversing with people who are feeling the effects of a food economy which is “externalising costs” left, right & centre – pushing them to producers and consumers. It galvanises us to forge ahead with this project, and get these tools to the people who will begin taking our food system back into our hands.