Un tremendo fin de semana alrededor de la buena comida, consciente, deliciosa, preparada con amor! Vimos el streaming de TEDxManhattan que se celebraba este fin de semana, y cuyo tema fue Changing The Way We Eat.. Cambiando la forma como nos alimentamos. Buena compañía, cocina, cosecha, siembra y mucha felicidad!!
Tambien celebramos el ritual ruso de inicio de la primavera, Maslinitza, donde quemamos a Guatavitza, dejando atrás el invierno… de otros lados porque por acá aun no llega… Gritando gari, saltando el fuego… una nueva era..

Tuvimos la oportunidad de compartir el conocimiento de Enricco Batistello acerca de distintas prácticas de la Agricultura Regenerativa. Pudimos compartir en comunidad la preparación de distintos bio fertilizantes, preparados que vivifican el suelo y regeneran. Así, nos enfocamos no en el producto final de la siembra, sino en sembrar suelo, para cosechar vida!


Nos reuniremos en La Juanita el 1 de Marzo para ver en streaming TEDxManhattan, que como tema tiene Changing the Way We Eat – Cambiando la forma como nos alimentamos!

Invitamos a quienes estén interesados en compartir ideas y acciones acerca de la forma como nos alimentamos, y así tejer hacia modelos alimenticios más sostenibles.

Cada quién traerá ingredientes o preparaciones para compartir entre los asistentes. Hay cupos limitados, si quieres asistir, escribe a felipespath@gmail.com

Pueden seguir el evento en Facebook.


Iniciamos ciclo de Cinético por las veredas de Guatavita, con proyecciones de capítulos de la serie El Lado B de la Historia, producida por 4 Direcciones.

Iniciamos con el Volúmen uno, que según sos realizadores :

Qué tiene que ver un cacique del SXVI, un asesinato en Sesquilé y un bastón de guayacán que guarda el Museo Nacional de Colombia? Andrea Echeverri y el grupo de carranga Campo Sonoro nos cantan y cuentan como y porque estos sucesos aparentemente independientes son la herencia que nos dejaron nuestros antepasados. La historia de Colombia es un tejido complejo y una sucesión de encuentros inesperados. Andrea Echeverri cuenta la historia del Cacique mestizo de Turmequé Don Diego de Torres y su relación en el presente con una comunidad Muisca situada en Sesquilé Cundinamarca. Revisamos los estereotipos escondidos en palabras como Indio, mestizo o cacique y vemos porque su significado es importante para recuperar la memoria sobre la conquista del altiplano cundiboyacense.

Posteriormente realizamos un taller de expresión artística en el cual, por medio de dibujos en grupo, los alumnos comprenden distintos mensajes de la proyección, discuten e interiorizan aspectos tratados.

Es muy importante contar esta historia, que ocurre a muy pocos kilómetros de estas escuelas, donde se desconoce el legado Mhuysqa presente y vivo en esta región!



AguaLinda is a farm community located at a beautiful seting in the mountains of Central Colombia. A CampHill is being formed here CampHill AguaLinda, a community which provides sustainable living and development for people that have disabilities. A wonderful place where abundance relationships are created through a balanced confluence with the environment. The preparation for the event, the venue, logistics, and gifts for the attendees where done with the collaboration of various young adults,  girls and boys which have different disabilities. An amazing enriching process for all of us involved with the event, sharing different sensibilities generates very special collaboration dynamics.
An old chicken coop was transformed into the theater for the event. Reusing available material from the art workshop at AguaLinda, the place was transformed into a beautiful cozy venue for a great event. Different art pieces done by the young at AguaLinda where formed and cut into the TEDxAguaLinda sign. The TEDx in-a-box equipment was set, and complemented by in kind sponsorship to record and film the talks by a movie producer company. Everything was ready for an amazing afternoon!!!
The TEDx in-a-box program has been a very powerful tool for creating  potent transformation dynamics. We had been struggling with the logistics for creating TEDx events at rural or peripheral locations, and a lot of resources and energy where spent solving problems without much added value for community and social processes. The TEDx in-a-box, and the support from the TED team, has facilitated the technical logistics, permitting  us to invest energy creating, dreaming, implementing and innovating at areas where the process of creating a TEDx event catalyzes social activations.
An so TEDxAguaLinda started. People where invited to arrive early and enjoy a picnic, delighted by the view and setting of the place. Volunteers and residents greeted the attendees, while the speakers where treated with a relaxation and awareness dancing session carried out by Santosh Ayurveda!
The first afternoon session started! Natalia Andrea Velasco and Jessica Rucinque, from Simone Gairdin, opened the event with an interactive talk in which them both represented a different brain hemisphere. They called for a change in the way art is integrated as a peripheral subject in most schools, and the enormous creative possibilities it opens if becomes central to the way we experience knowledge processes.

Then William Hernandez, co producer of La Educación Prohibida, made a strong critic of the actual learning model in which indoctrination guides the process. He shared his vision of a new model where community learning centers support homeschooling, giving back the responsibility to the family institution.

Carlos Andres Castro told then his story. Hi remembered how his mother was always crying, as a child, when they left the doctor. He soon discovered the reason, as his sight was progressively lost. He talked to us about the fear of being blind in a non inclusive world, and the fear everyone has to deal with difference. He shared his work  at the Ministry of Technologies of Information and Communications, where through technology several projects are being implemented to disolve this fear in all of us.

Leonardo Luis Lozano made a beautiful contribution to the event by sharing some piano interpretations a couple of times in between the talks. This talented pianist with autism spectrum beautifully refreshed our afternoon, through very sensitive, kind and authentic performances.

Eating and cooking as a political act was the main theme of Camilo Zárate. A chef involved with the Slow Food Movement, education, and conscious food chains, runs Suburbio restaurants in Bogotá. He advocates for questioning the precedence of the food you eat or buy, and choosing, as a vote, for sustainable food production.

Luis Alberto Camargo, director of OPEPA, was our last speaker of the first session. He talked about how this generation experiences a strong disconnection with the natural environment, causing many different behavioral patterns, including anxiety, stress and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among others. He says they are all symptoms of this disconnection with nature, which he calls Natural Deficit Disorder, and calls for including experiences within nature as an integral part of education.

It was time for a break at this beautiful farm located along the lake of Tominé. People where invited by Santosh Ayurveda, VII Panaderia Sanducheria, and Mock Cervezeria to have snacks, ayurvedic tea, and artisan beer.  The break is where most of the magic happens.  A space with challenging and inspirational ideas, entrepreneurs, mentors, local change actors, and people or organizations with resources,is a recipe for transformation, a seeds for change nursery. Simone Giairdin collaborated with a experiential workshop through which people could relate to others through their five senses. At the end, many connections amongst attendees where made, many new projects and ideas had been born.

The second session started, again with a brilliant introduction by our host Clara Sofía Arrieta. She was crucial for TEDxAguaLinda. As an actress with improvisation, and journalism experience, she could navigate through the sea of ideas offered by our speakers, and embark our audience into this paradigm challenging voyage.
Juan Pablo Calderon, confounder of BogoHack, inspired us to create in order to scape the consumer cycle.  Introducing hackerspaces as common labs where children and adults can create what they need instead of being victims of the market.
A beautiful life changing experience was shared by Cesar Florian, musician, who left the city with his family when his father died, to pursue wellbeing and sustainability implementing a permaculture living model. Nahual Permacultura is now a thriving community where different meaningfull and balanced relationships are established between people and the environment.
Ana María Gallo, from Special Olympics, through her personal story questioned the paradigm which states we are all equal, and emphasized on the enormous need of recognizing difference.

The last speaker for TEDxAguaLinda, Felipe Medina, gave an extraordinary talk proposing a powerful alternative for generating peace in Colombia through a different kind of education! Origen Circular, the model he proposes, merges sustainability practices, psychology, and ecology towards empowerment, leadership, and trust regeneration within young people who have been immersed in the Colombian armed conflict. He invited us all to participate in this collaborative open alternative being built by people from many disciplines who want to change our reality towards peace.

An amazing afternoon ended. So many ideas, connections and confabulations need a time to be digested. The ripples generated after such a beautiful exercise of social acupuncture, through time, will gain momentum. Many seeds for change where planted.

Tuvimos la maravillosa experiencia de compartir con jóvenes emprendedores sociales de la vereda Potrerillo, Palmira, Valle del Cauca, la primera sesión de Cinético en este municipio! Los jóvenes han fundado una iniciativa poderosa, Corazón de Nima, y mediante sensibilización medioambiental, y actividades de ecoturismo, entre otras, están generando un cambio de consciencia en la región, hacia la protección de sus fuentes hídricas y entorno ambiental! Esta será la primera de muchas sesiones! Seguiremos acompañando y tejiendo con este proceso!

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Vamos a llevar a cabo un curso de diseño de permacultura para climas fríos dictado por César Florian del proyecto El Nahual Permacultura, quien tiene amplia experiencia en la práctica y docencia en permacultura y diseños sostenibles.

El curso tiene un valor de $250,000 pesos incluyendo la alimentación de los tres días y el hospedaje. Tenemos espacio de alojamiento para 8 personas en la casa, y el resto puede acampar en la finca.

Escribiendo a felipespath@gmail.com les daremos los datos bancarios para reservar su cupo. Es un curso pequeño de solo quince estudiantes.

Estos son los temas que veremos durante el curso:

Principios y métodos generales de diseño de permacultura

Identificación de sectores y zonificación en una finca

Técnicas permaculturales especificas de cada zona para tierra fría ( menos de 20º C de temperatura promedio)

Tecnologías apropiadas para un sistema de permacultura en tierra fría

Estructuración de un presupuesto de montaje, cronogramas y planificación de un sistema integrado permacultural

Actividad practica: Ejercicio de diseño de la finca La Juanita

Bienvenidos !!

Colombia is going through very difficult moments regarding rural populations. Ten days ago a national agrarian strike started, farmers from around the country stopped working and massive protests started! Some have been very violent, and many dead, injured, and imprisoned farmers resulted from this uprising. Another symptom of how forgotten the countryside has been for ages; added to the armed conflict that for more than 60 years has been devastating the country. This time, protests are centered on the inviability of rural economy within the commerce treaties signed with other countries. Farmers are not allowed anymore to save their seeds for further planting, they have to buy  from big companies. Supplies are twice the cost in Colombia than on neighboring countries, and imported food is far cheaper than the one produced here. Big intermediary mafias control the local market, so the farmer, at the end of the line, harvests more debts.

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La Calera, a town not too far from Bogota, Colombian capital, joined the strikes. One day before the event all roads had blockages including fires, rocks, and manifestations. The day of the event the roads opened, and we could travel to La Calera! During this troubled times,  events like a TEDx in-a-box are extremely important. New ideas, inspiration, networks and actions are hugely in need for a new rural order to be stablished. Normally this spaces are only available to a few people, in the cities, so generating them at the periphery can greatly spark change and wellbeing. New possibilities and innovation have to be built at the countryside. Open spaces to plant ideas, in order to harvest transformation.


The road which heads up to the Vereda Jerusalen (vereda means rural district) is beautiful. As the dirt road winds up, we are surrounded by clouds, vegetation changed to an upper andean cloud forest. We encountered a few farmers going up the mountain in horses, heading towards rural spots where the Fiesta del Campesino (farmer’s festival) was being celebrated.


We reached the Rural School of Jerusalen, a small primary school which hosted TEDxLaCalera. The main classroom or the school was turned into the venue, the sign was made by Proyecto San Antonio,a local initiative for rural cultural development. The TEDx sign had been weaved by farmer children at Guatavita, when we did TEDxGuatavita last year. The TEDx in-a- box is amazing, everything has its place, a pandora box full of possibilities, with the power of spreading ideas!! We set up the screen, sign, equipment, and ready to go!!


The event started with an outdoor small theater presentation from a local group, Con-Ciencia Activa, working mainly with children with special learning needs. They portrayed two drunk farmers, a tragic comedy the audience could relate to.. the relation between the drunk father who reprimands his son for being drunk.


Then the classroom opened for the TEDx itself to begin. We screened the intro video, explained the connection between the TEDx experience, TED, and similar initiatives all over the world! And the first talk began.


Juan Pablo Calderon spoke about making instead of buying, collaborating instead of individual work. He introduced concepts like open hardware, wikipedia, and collective building. He spoke about the Open Source Ecology project, through which people can build their own machines for rural work. Instead of buying a very expensive tractor, and depending on a supplier for special spear parts, they could, collectively, build their own. Collaboration itself brings much more than the objects, it builds social fabric, and makes people happier!!


We then screened Decalogo de Una Granjera, a talk by Marta Alvarez at TEDxGalicia in Spain. Her funny inspiring story about a city girl who moves to the countryside is full of entrepreneurship lessons. A story about being constant, recovering from disasters, working hard, enjoying your work, and seeing success where everyone else sees failure makes her tale fascinating.


Camilo Gomez, who runs a farm very near to the school, spoke about the need to introduce added value to traditional production, as a way of overcoming the actual economic dynamics which are extinguishing small farmers. His talk generated spontaneous responses from the audience, they wanted to discuss their traditional way of doing things, with the new perspective Camilo was providing. He advocates for a sustainable agriculture which can generate a differential agrarian market,  and respond effectively to the actual system, cause to the national strike we are going through.


Cesar Florian, founder of El Nahual, a permaculture project at another region, shared his personal story and told us how he became a farmer after being a musician from the city, when his father died. He had an insight about a different life, one more purposeful and healthy, one the city couldn’t provide. He explained how farming can be seen as a system to be designed, and guided us through his process implementing a sustainable system at his farm.


Alejandro Feged‘s talk, The Man Against Himself , explained how tradition can sometimes generate unhealthy practices. At other instances, it can be the clue for reproducing cultural adaptive practices which can solve actual health problems. Hilarious pictures showed people doing all sorts of strange actions that risked their lives. A reflection followed urging us to think about how our daily actions contribute to our health.


It was an amazing afternoon with many lessons. The first TEDx in-a-box event in Colombia opens many possibilities for sharing constructive spaces at rural locations, one very much in need this days. Spreading ideas with the potential of opening new perspectives can enormously contribute to the establishment of a flourishing countryside, in contrast to the reality made visible by the upheavals of the last few days.  The ripples caused by this events are huge, still today, one year after we did the first event in Guatavita, we meet people who tell us how their lives and careers have been affected by the ideas and networks created during and after the TEDx. We plan to do two other TEDx events at rural locations in the next couple of months, one in Silvania, Cundinamarca, and another in Candelaria, Valle del Cauca.  We think the TEDx-in-a-box format can be a very powerful platform for local sourced development. The seed for change is being planted through ideas.


TED Prize SOLE en Guatavita

Sugata Mitra, investigador educativo y generador de plataformas de colaboración educacional a partir de tecnologías digitales, ganó el TED Prize del 2013.
Su trabajo se ha centrado en generar mecanismos de apropiación tecnológica en comunidades periféricas. Por medio de metodologías educativas ha generado espacios de aprendizaje y colaboración a través de herramientas digitales.

Al ganar el TED Prize en el 2013 inició la construcción del School in The Cloud. Un espacio físico y virtual donde, por Internet, conecta a adultos mayores alrededor del mundo para guiar procesos de aprendizaje en comunidades. Utilizando la metodología SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environments) produce espacios y dinámicas colaborativas donde los alumnos aprenden por medio de preguntas fascinantes, y desarrollan habilidades de apropiación del conocimiento por el uso adecuado de herramientas tecnológicas.
Esta semana iniciamos en Guatavita, en la escuela de la Vereda Carbonera Baja, que hace parte del Colegio José Gregorio Salas, nuestro primer piloto de SOLE. Esta hermosa escuela queda a una media hora del pueblo de Guatavita, en las montañas hacia el oriente.
Al comienzo los alumnos estaban muy tímidos. En el aula de computadores se percibía una sacralidad tipo iglesia, de que todo este impecable sin poderse tocar.. sobre una pared estaban escritos los diez mandamientos para seguir en el aula… Un voluntario fue nombrado el ayudante de la sesión, y poco a poco fueron ellos organizando sus propios grupos para iniciar la travesía SOLE!!
Fue una sesión fascinante, el reto en este primer experimento, indagar por que las cosas caen para abajo, no para arriba o para un lado..poco a poco el salón empezó a moverse, la información a fluir entre los grupos, la pregunta fue llevándolos a hacer más preguntas, y las claves que encontraban se iban compartiendo!! El espacio se tornó en un laboratorio de colaboración y aprendizaje compartido. Se oían palabras y preguntas: gravedad, atracción, planetas, habrá gravedad en el espacio?
Al cerrar la sesión habían surgido de los alumnos muchas más preguntas, para posteriores sesiones: Hay vida en el espacio? Porque el helio flota? Cómo se creó el oro? Cómo se crearon los planetas, los meteoritos, los ladrillos, los carros? Cómo era el tiempo antiguo? Por qué se inundó el pueblo de Guatavita? Porque algunas cosas flotan en el agua? Y además de todas las preguntas, una manera compartida de aproximarse a ellas!!
SOLE seguirá practicándose en esta y otras escuelas de Guatavita. Los resultados de estos experimentos se comparten, por medio de la plataforma que TED proporciona, con grupos alrededor del mundo que están llevando a cabo sesiones similares. Entre todos, compartiendo, vamos creando el futuro del aprendizaje!!