Landscape of Social Fabric – 23 November 2011

The latest good news is that we were commissioned to create two installations for the launch on 23 November of a new programme called Social Innovation Pioneers, which is being set up Deloitte in association with Social Enterprise UK, Big Issue Invest, London Business School, Matter&Co, Nexters, Business in the Community and Wavelength. The programme will support ambitious businesses in growth to deliver social and environmental impact. The keynote speaker was Nobel-laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, a remarkable man who set up the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983 that has provided lots of small loans to help people escape from poverty.

The installations were called ‘Landscape of Social Fabric’. For the first one, we used bamboo because it’s one of the fastest growing plants and humans are also growing very rapidly. And it’s very dependent on water like us, and we used that to highlight that water scarcity is a very important environmental issue. We chose an English-grown orchid called Angel Light to symbolise the innovation that the Pioneers project will create and how we can learn from the plant kingdom, because orchids have evolved to live in symbiotic relationships and we believe corporate social responsibility should be a symbiotic relationship between corporations and social and environmental organisations. And within that we should learn to work together to create impacts that come naturally and support the ecosystem of business.

See the flowers in action in the video here…http://tiny.cc/ab1a4

The vase coverings were  made of a collection of hand-knitted pieces of wool and wire created by our associate artist Elizabeth Oniri, who is the director of Quilting Mafia – a knitting collective – and works in the education department at the V&A <HYPERLINK “http://oniri-onigiri.tumblr.com/”oniri-onigiri.tumblr.com/&gt;. We also organized a floral donation through a referral from Lambeth Women’s Project so that the flowers from this event will go to Fighting Fear With Fashion at City Hall on 25 November, which is being organised by Mozaic Voices to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.

patch work social fabric but Elizabeth Oniri

The installations were called ‘Landscape of Social Fabric’. For the first one, we used bamboo because it’s one of the fastest growing plants and humans are also growing very rapidly. And it’s very dependent on water like us, and we used that to highlight that water scarcity is a very important environmental issue. We chose an English-grown orchid called Angel Light to symbolise the innovation that the Pioneers project will create and how we can learn from the plant kingdom, because orchids have evolved to live in symbiotic relationships and we believe corporate social responsibility should be a symbiotic relationship between corporations and social and environmental organisations. And within that we should learn to work together to create impacts that come naturally and support the ecosystem of business.

Bamboo + Angel Light Orchids

The other installation was made of a collection of hand-knitted pieces of wool and wire created by our associate artist Elizabeth Oniri, who is the director of Quilting Mafia – a knitting collective – and works in the education department at the V&A <HYPERLINK “http://oniri-onigiri.tumblr.com/”oniri-onigiri.tumblr.com/&gt;. We also organized a floral donation through a referral from Lambeth Women’s Project so that the flowers from this event will go to Fighting Fear With Fashion at City Hall on 25 November, which is being organised by Mozaic Voices to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. See some of their designs here http://tiny.cc/ny9gc and the work of photographer Trevor Fogah-Griffiths