SLOW DESIGN & CULTURE IMMERSIONS
Nomadic Thread Society is pleased to facilitate Slow Design & Culture Immersions, purpose driven professional retreats supplying active educations in sustainability and conscious lifestyle . In partnership with our co-hosts, we incentivize participants to activate these concepts within their own enterprises and lives. Step from boardrooms and company HQ’s into the fields and studios where the sustainability revolution is rooted.
Mallorca is the mothership of the Balearic Islands, a diverse island and cultural microcosm in which smaller, sustainable design and business models can be experienced closely, held by layers of history and breathtaking landscapes.
HOW IT WORKS
Immersions are co-hosted by a roster of inspiring, ethical, independent entrepreneurs, designers, artisans, and makers.
Lived practices and philosophies are witnessed and participated in first hand in workshops, farms, and businesses across the island. The very ethos of sustainability is absorbed.
Group facilitation serves to integrate the learnings. Participants create visual content, documentation, and action plans to take home and plug in to their own businesses, industries, and lives.
These immersions are intended for designers, advertising and marketing executives, sales teams, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, angel investors, CEO’s, founders, and creative souls who wish to gain a first hand experience of sustainable living and enterprise.
They are very personal experiences – seeds of ongoing relationships are born while learning and collaborating in a close group. Participants receive mentoring support, fine tuning their learnings and applying them to their own agendas.
Getting fluent in the language of sustainability gives companies an edge in both attracting and communicating with younger generations of customers, employees, and executives. The NYU Stern Business School Center for Sustainability hosted a panel in 2019 in which the CEO of Vanguard and Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Review briefed a room full of investors on how ROI is best served by adopting sustainability throughout company practices, citing talent retention as the driving factor. The adoption of more equitable, ecological, conscientious business practices is practically a mandate.
What does conscious, slow design and culture mean?
Both conscious and slow are terms interchangeable with “sustainable” in the current zeitgeist. These ubiquitous, important current concepts can and are being applied to fashion, agriculture, animal husbandry, energy, food, urban engineering, architecture, forest and land management, the politics of labor, economics and all their varied sub- sectors. They call for heightened attention to all aspects of human activity on the planet, asking us to engage in responsible capitalism, to work towards equity and inclusion, to safeguard ecosystems.
On September 20, 2022, The New York Times Summit on Sustainability hosted Al Gore among it’s speakers. He declared a veritable sustainability revolution in the making.
Small business, independent creatives, & sustainability
Small, local enterprises are at the core of the consistently growing movement towards slow design and conscious commerce, serving as a base line for sustainability. With less market to cater to, independent makers, designers, farmers, chefs, hotels, developers, etc., are more able to focus on what is close to hand, making decisions and commitments closer to the hip, often staying truer to their visions. They are more nimble with process – consuming less materials and energy, managing less supply chain, creating less waste, and setting an overall softer pace of consumerism.
The cherry on the cake is the personal satisfaction and creative freedom which seems easier to come by for indie enterprises, creating soulful reverberations and a baseline of fulfillment for themselves and their customers.
The business world has long been about going big, scaling, maximizing profit, etc…. it’s time to reconsider, instead growing a project, product line, or company to the size required simply to live well, and responsibly.
Scalability can come in the form of a web or network of responsible businesses delivering goods to their communities, rather than the mass producers we are accustomed to.
Conscious capitalism has long been proposed as a more sustainable and humane paradigm, and making a shift in our relationship to scale and growth is now a necessity. The practice of making more ethical decisions with regard to people, product and environment is essential.
Host & Facilitator
“My tree-hugging nature drew me into the deep end of the world’s heritage hand-made sector in 2009, when I founded Nomadic Thread Society. As a lifelong entrepreneur and global citizen, my classroom had always been the world of shops and showrooms, ateliers and makers, markets and manufacturers in every city, town, and country I’ve been lucky to explore. It’s given me an anthropological angle on creativity, opportunity, and enterprise. What do people seek, want, make, do, wear? How do they express themselves? What materials are available? How is the work done? “
Nicole’s studies in Art History at NYU planted a deep aesthetic appreciation, and set her on a humanistic trajectory early on. 25 years as a NYC- based fashion and wardrobe stylist followed. These days Nicole applies her cultural curiosity, activist nature, and independent business chops to consulting and mentoring in the slow design and culture spaces.
Tara Mohr’s Playing Big Facilitators Training gave her the impetus to formalize this program and bring it to life.