Student Profile - Luis Llabres

1. What had you been doing before you came to study Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College?

I had been working as a graphic designer for a number of years doing corporate design. However, before taking the MA in Ecological Design Thinking, I had become increasingly convinced that I had to do something more than just contributing to growing human greed.
2. What was it that made you want to explore Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher?

I was quite limited in the way I perceived reality, essentially I applied a science-based focus on efficiency. I knew that more 'ingredients' would help to transform my education, and my life.
3. Describe your time at the College?

Schumacher College offered a unique mix of Science, Spirituality, Ecology and Economy. The staff, visiting teachers, facilitators and my fellow  students, helped me to embrace uncertainty and pursue a deep exploration of my role in transformation. That let me see reality from another perspective, to 'zoom out' of the system to see how we might rebuild our weak connection with nature -- our roots. This can be our source of inspiration as we begin to evolve our complex system to a resilient and regenerative system.

4. What have you gone on to do since leaving the College?

Step by step I am gaining confidence to play my part, but am already contributing at a bigger scale than ever before. I was invited to redesign the corporate identity for a sustainability programme and to introduce more social and ecological methods to the government in Mallorca, where I was born. Now I’m working to develop the "Mallorca Resilience Centre" at the centre of the island. The Centre will co-house climate researchers 'in residence' working on new approaches that can help adapt to, and mitigate, climate change locally and to share appropriate technological solutions globally.