Tom Elliott describes the journey through the Living Building Challenge.

Tom Elliott describes the journey through the Living Building Challenge.

Some amazing and thought-provoking comments from Barbara and Tom Elliott in their presentation on their Desert Rain LBC residential project:

  • The process of creating a Living Building is not linear. Have patience. Allow things to happen on the edge of chaos.
  • Tom shared a lesson learned on their ranch regarding leafy spurge: In order to eradicate the leafy spurge, they had to partner with it in a way. The problems are not “out there,” they’re “in here.”
  • A Living Building Challenge project happens through a network of partnerships.
  • For Tom and Barbara, Desert Rain is an outer expression of their inner values. Outer beauty attracts; inner beauty captivates.

    Desert Rain residential project presentation

    Desert Rain residential project presentation

  • We’re at a bifurcation point with our building processes on this planet Earth: Either we learn and integrate the lessons learned and move forward – or you collapse and fall backward into maximum chaos. The question is: How do we remake our human systems so they align with natural systems? The answer is: Through countless individual acts.

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