As I am writing this update, a new year began. The Covid crisis is still leaving its traces, impacting so many people all over the world. And even though we don’t know how long we will have to bear this burden, I hope that you had a good start to this new year. And I sincerely wish you all the best, health, and hopefully a little brighter outlook on 2021.
The last update has been a while ago, and we have been working hard on progressing on the Nangu vision. So, let me share some of the updates which especially sparked joy.
Join the Nangu Journey
We have set up an email list which you can join if you are interested in staying up to date on our progress.
Our dream is for Nangu to be a blueprint that can be freely adapted, changed, reviewed, and improved by people like you and me. The climate crisis we are all facing is real and sometimes it feels like it is too big for us. We freeze and give up or turn to our daily challenges. But we have to be optimistic and determined. The only ones who can shape our future are us, together.
Because of this, and our deep and committed belief that we can shape a future where planet earth and people can live together in a regenerative way, we decided that we want to make our work public.
Say hi to the Nangu Knowledge Base 🎉 🌎
The Nangu Knowledge base is the place where we document our work. You can read about areas such as Governance, our Vision, Agro-Ecology, Economics, and any other topic which is relevant for Nangu to unfold over the next decades.
Once you dive in, you will find the content structured in the following way:
First, we will provide you with a high-level summary of the topic which is discussed on the following pages.
- Our Vision
We then lay out our vision, how we imagine the future to look like.
- Projects that inspire us
In creating our vision, we do a lot of research and reading. If you are interested, you can gain more context and dive into the resources which inspired us.
The Nangu Knowledge Base is a living resource. Nothing should be seen as static or “the ultimate truth”. We appreciate your thoughts, feedback, and contributions.
I would love to invite you to have a look and head to the Knowledge Base right here. And it would be wonderful to get feedback and ideas from you. We are developing the Nangu Model very much in the spirit of Open Source software because we believe that we can really only advance by being inclusive and allowing for all of our unique perspectives to be involved.
The Nangu Model
Over the past 12 months, we have worked on clarifying our vision:
To transform degraded land into productive food forests, by creating a network of purpose-driven, worker-owned, and democratically governed organizations. These organizations grow, process, and distribute food into eco-ethical markets.
This is a bold vision, and sometimes it can be confusing to get a sense of what Nangu really is. Because of this, we created the Nangu Model, a visual comparison between “Industrial Farming” and “The Nangu Model”. This comparison allows you to see key differentiators on a high level and then dive into more in-depth research for topics you are curious about. It is also important to understand that this is a simplified view, and its purpose is to get you started quickly. The world usually is a little bit more complicated than this.
In December, we started our Fundraising activities! And for this, we needed a succinct presentation of our vision. Something we can present in 15 minutes and something which brings across what we are planning to do, why we think it is important, and how we are thinking that this can be achieved.
Francisco and Karl deeply dove into this and created a beautiful presentation, telling our story, why this is so important today, and how we believe we can make Nangu a reality. In the end, the opening slide really tells it all: Nangu – Growing a forest to call home.
I want to invite you to have a look and dive into the beautiful presentation yourself.
In the last two quarters of 2020, we focused on one of the cornerstones of Nangu: Understanding whether Nangu can be a viable economic model. For Nangu to “work”, we need to be economically viable. Enterprises in the Nangu network need to be able to sustain their operation in a way that 1. regenerates earth, 2. allows the people involved to live a dignified life, and 3. play a meaningful role in global economic activities.
To understand this more deeply, we started modeling our first Nangu village which will scale from a model farm in year one to 800 family farms of each 2 Hectares, several processing facilities, and a garden city. Building this model was a lot of fun because we started to talk about real people, real farms, real machinery.
While the Nangu Economic Model will always be a living document, updated based on changes to our model, new ideas, and progress on our path towards the first village, we now can say that Nangu can be economically viable. And that is an important step on our journey.
If you are curious to dive in, head over to the Knowledge Base, and have a look. And as usual, if you feel like you can contribute to this topic, please reach out, any feedback on this is really appreciated and valued.
This post gave you a glimpse into what we have been working on. And we are really excited to continue on our journey, with you!