Student Profile - Sam Chevallier

1. What had you been doing before you came to study Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College?
 
I was working in the Cedarberg Mountains, South Africa, for the Cape Leopard Trust. I was an environmental educator, bringing people from townships in Cape Town to grow a little more perspective surrounding the natural world. Before this, I trained as a game ranger to understand how to live and work in wild landscapes.

2. What was it that made you want to explore Ecological Design Thinking?

I want to deepen my theoretical understanding of the natural world, and the relationship that people have with both the land and being within it. I was very aware of the global loss in biodiversity, and wanted to understand how might this be impacting on, and aggravating, climate change. Ecological Design Thinking, I felt, might give me more of a hold around how we build and  relationships with the more than human world.
 
3. Describe your time at the College?

I truly loved being at the college, some of the fondest memories I have. Being able to go into deep discussions, every day, around the things I am passionate about was truly a great privilege. I also found that I was able to learn more about myself then I could ever have imagined. I don't know how to explain in words, but I feel I have have learnt that it benefits me and everything, when I listen, and do less talking. I also discovered how beautiful it is to learn and live in community, with people from all over the world.

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

Since leaving the college, I worked as a presenter for a wildlife programme in South Africa explaining concepts I explored during my time at Schumacher such as biophilia and deep ecology. I have also started a company called Rewild which creates educational media for a changing world. I am hoping that I can bring in more Ecological Design Thinking into the business over the next few years, using ecological processes to inform the design thinking workshops and much more besides. The website for the projects is designed to share the work that I do online, beginning with the film work. www.rewildtv.com