THE ALLIANCE is made up of committed individuals dedicated to the long term development of Blueprint with an intention to co-create and disseminate a shared vision. Alongside this alliance are COLLABORATORS who share their skills and time on focused projects to further the Blueprint vision. The joining of the Alliance and Collaborators makes up the Blueprint Network
Bee Rowan has become a name synonymous with straw bale building here in the UK and throughout many parts of Europe. After discovering the manifold benefits & joys of straw bale building for the first time in 1994, Bee has subsequently dedicated her life to the promotion of this wonderful material for sustainable and affordable construction.
Born 1962 in Cologne, Germany. Nature researcher, specialist in the construction of Water Retention Landscapes, permaculturist. Director of the Institute for Global Ecology at Tamera, Portugal.
Since 2007, Bernd has been a co-worker of the Peace Research Centre Tamera in Portugal, in close coopeation with Sepp Holzer.
Co-founder of Beetroots; a consultancy of highly skilled and engaged individuals from the business and government sector, dedicated to regenerative projects. Carolyn has six years of cross industry experience in environmental and community engagement project management. In parallel she trained and facilitated in collaborative project design methodologies and has since developed this further within Beetroots.
Chris has lived and worked in Nepal since 1985, co-founding the Jajarkot Permaculture Project, which successfully spread new ideas in line with existing cultural traditions. Chris started his career as a VSO volunteer in a community forestry programme in Nepal after graduating in Forestry in the UK.
Christoph Ulbig studied International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.) after working as an ecological builder and carpenter in Germany. He has been researching in Romania, Kenya and Fiji in the field of community based landscape and forest management. Since 2005 he has been involved in studying the Healing Biotope 1 Tamera, Portugal.
Ethan is an educator and coordinator of ecological projects and community-based initiatives around the world. Since 2009 he has lived in multiple communities outside of the US, working as a sustainability educator, and becoming increasingly involved in the ecovillage movement. Since 2011 he has volunteered and worked with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)
Founder of Biologic Design, established in 1993 with the aim of creating integrated, multi-species constructed wetlands for sustainable wastewater purification, biodiversity enhancement and resource production.
Jay holds a BSc Microbiology and diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and
Born in 1944, brought up in France, Germany and Egypt, studied physics and astro-physics in Grenoble and founded together with his father Hans Kleinwächter the institute KLERA: “Kleinwächters Entwicklung und Forschung, Raumfahrt und Atomtechnik” [Kleinwächter’s Development and Research, Space.] They investigated light weight optics,
MA, MSc, Founder, Resilient Community Design (RECODE) and Member, Blueprint Network. Magnus has 20+ years experience in humanitarian response and post-disaster recovery around the world. Senior management positions with various NGOs, UN and, since 2010, as humanitarian advisor for the UK Department of International Development.
Growing up in the beautiful woods of a national park in Germany Marcus developed a deep appreciation and a sense of care for the earth's beauty and her ecosystems.
As a young adult he came in touch with the concept of large scale landscape restoration and landscape healing. Studying with Sepp Holzer and other teachers and practitioners
My background was in mainstream construction working for small local property developers before building two urban straw bale houses in West Wales and founding Strawbuild (www.strawbuild.org) with Bee Rowan, formerly of Amazonails. My role is primarily office based, specialising in building design, planning & building regulations consultancy and energy and ecological assessments, although I love to get hands on with straw, clay, wood and lime.
Nick Chase is a professinal webdesigner with 10+ years experience in delivering web-design & -development excellence.
He was introduced to the Blueprint by TH Culhane, founder of Solar C³ITIES e.V. Together with TH he created www.biogascentral.net - home of the blue flame community, a starting point for DIY biogas.
Born 1946 London. Formal education includes BSc chemistry and MA specialising in educational action research. Now 'retired' after a working life as a secondary school science teacher (18 years), science writer and editor (11 years) and curriculum developer for MSc distance learning programmes in Construction Management, Electrical Power Systems, and Environmental Management (11 years).
Founder, IDEP (Indonesian Development of Education and Permaculture)/ Founder, PT Alam Santi. Petra has more than 15 years experience in community education, planning, and design and more than 10 years experience in designing sustainable development planning and technology solutions. She has managed teams involving the private sector, local and international NGOs, contractors and external consultants. Petra led the modelling of permaculture response in disasters after the Bali bombing and the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh.
Founder, Blueprint Network. Eight years of experience in environmental project management and development in the business sector and two decades of experience in education. In the last five years, Ruth has been involved in community development, sustainable livelihoods, collaborative project design and participatory governance processes. She believes in the power of collaborative networks to meet our basic and aspirational human needs. Ruth has a MSc in Advanced Environment and Energy Studies.
Founder Solar C.³I.T.I.E.S. / Urban Planner / Emerging Explorer, National Geographic Blackstone Innovation Challenge Grantee / member, Blueprint Network. With Culhane's help, more than 30 solar tanks and more than 100 home scale biogas systems now dot rooftops, porches, basements and gardens of places as diverse as the Zabaleen’s self-built informal Coptic Christian community ,the ancient Islamic Cairo neighborhood of Darb Al-Ahmar, the favelas of Rio and Sao Paolo, rainforest villages in Tanzania, schools in Maasai towns in Kenya and Bedouin and refugee camps in Palestine.
Julia has worked for 28 years on sustainable agriculture and food security applied research and development, specialising in building capacity and resilience of vulnerable groups to natural and man-made disasters, regeneration of the natural resource base, and low-carbon systems. Sectoral experience covers production and postharvest, agroforestry, food supply and distribution systems,
Mena was born in Portugal with a global heart, from an early age developing love and curiosity for different lands and their people. She studied Fine Art in Scotland, nourishing her interest in all things beautiful, and soon after realized that this world is in need of more beautiful and healing ways of living together. A search for intentional community and
An integral sustainable development practitioner weaving experience over the last 10 years, covering environmental education, cultural heritage, peacebuilding, development, communication, and humanitarian assistance for I/NGOs. After witnessing conflict and disasters, she was inspired to join the Transition and Ecovillage Movements and moved to Maia Earth Village in Palawan, Philippines,
Founder, SLUSH Fund for LUSH Cosmetics, Simon Constantine is responsible for buying and sourcing the high quality ingredients and raw materials used across all of Lush’s product ranges. He travels the world setting up cooperatives with local people, ensuring consistent quality, quantity and fair trade. In 2010, along with Lush's Buying Team, Simon established the SLush Fund to move even further beyond just purchasing fairly traded ingredients and, instead, develop supportive partnerships and start sustainable farming and community projects with the people that produce them.