New Alchemists and Ocean Arks

Nancy Jack Todd has recently written another book, A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design, a brief history of the work of the New Alchemy Institute, Ocean Arks International, and recent research into “living machines.” John and Nancy Jack Todd continue to be a real inspiration, tackling environmental problems in entirely practical terms, with results that are pretty astounding. I’m always amazed at how little attention their work, which stretches from the era of hippy communes to the present, gets from radicals and environmentalists. Any of the Todds’ books are worth a look. This one is a particularly good overview.

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  1. where are they locatd these days?

    Vermont, Cape Cod, or the islands (Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket)??

    BillG (not Gates)

  2. Ocean Arks International is located in Falmouth, MA, but apparently John Todd is teaching in Burlington, VT.

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