We are in a wicked mess. Any sober analysis of our situation reveals systemic dysfunction across personal, social and planetary scales. Oika sees these patterns as originating from an accidental flaw in perception that separates humans from nature. The same thinking that disconnects us from nature also disconnects us from each other.
The cumulative impact of this fiction has brought us to our shared moment of crisis and uncertainty. The only certainty now is that we are all in this together.
Oika believes we can cultivate the capacity to heal and prosper in our problem-riddled world. If we get our Oika right, perennial problems will begin to solve themselves.
To restore reciprocal flourishing, we must rediscover and re-inhabit what it means to be Earthlings. For this, Oika looks to the two great hallmarks of human endeavor; science and art. We call on science to discover and decipher nature, and art to help us heal and feel the nature within us. This is not pseudoscientific dogmatism, nor is it nihilistic hand-wringing or utopian naivety. Oika presents a pragmatic, principled vision for long-term human viability on Earth.
Oika is based on big scientific knowledge. But it's also about the joy, gratitude and bigger sense of belonging that a big scientific perspective fosters. In other words, it's about inescapable agape.
Humans have grown homesick. Oika is a set of ecological principles and practices that can help heal the world by reminding us of how good it feels to simply be earthlings.
Social and economic crises are two sides of the same ecological coin. Humans are injuring the planet and each other needlessly. Culture created this mess and must help clean it up. Oika is an invitation to create art with more capacity to heal than hurt.
We believe cultural leadership must be ecological leadership. Our science-based, arts-driven programs help early-career optimists and the mid-career disillusioned open co-creative relationships with nature to generate new ecological prosperity.