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Research synopsis

Creating space for change: The story of funeral practices in Cape Town. In Cape Town, South Africa on average some 1600 bodies are put to rest every month, of which 60% are being buried. Not only are most traditional burials damaging for the environment; older public cemeteries are running out of space. (more…)

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DeathMatters on Cape Town TV

The DeathMatters documentary will be broadcast on Cape Town TV on these dates and times: Monday 2 May -18h30 Friday 6 May – 04h30 Tues 10 May – 14h30 Sat 14 May – 11h00   CTTV on Facebook CTTV on Twitter Cape Town TV broadcasts throughout the greater Cape Town Metropole. CTV is now available […]

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DeathMatters – a “wicked” problem

Dear People, We are delighted to share the following Academic Paper with you. It will be presented during the International Winelands Conference at the University of Stellenbosch (“Governance of Transitions in a complex world”). The Call for Ambidextrous Leadership to Create Space for Change: Observations from the Burial Case Study in Cape Town The paper […]

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Beginning the year

2014 ended with an inspiring encounter with Dutch Architect Robert Kats, whose agency is into innovative sustainable design. The Xmas break brought me slowly but surely into a horribly sensitive mood where I found myself reflecting on my own death at least once a day, including what it would mean to decide to end your […]

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December 2014

The month of December was used to consolidate the achievements of 2014: network expansion, workshop set up, website, documentary. (more…)

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Faith & Sustainable Funerals workshop Aug 2014 (9)

November 2014

In collaboration with SAFCEI the first interfaith workshop was held on November 3. After viewing the trailer of the documentary a discussion evolved between Jewish, Dutch Reformed Church, Muslim and Agnostic belief traditions. (more…)

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October 2014

What is the available repertoire of intervention models in order to create space for change? The most inspiring one is the so called ‘white intervention model of Leon De Caluwe. … takes this even further as she creates free zones for change. (more…)

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August 2014

The collaboration with the Netherlands is emerging. Developments are underway for an interfaith/intercultural farewell center in De Bijlmer, one of the most intercultural neighborhoods of Amsterdam, whereas Dutch universities in Wageningen and Delft might offer research into sustainable solutions regarding environmentally friendly (semi) cremations. (more…)

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July 2014

Design thinking* allows for using different perspectives to look into alternative worlds: what can we learn from nature and children for instance? While criticizing each other’s work anonymously, can you come with an improvement while using those different world’s perspectives (or e.g. De Bono’s thinking hats)? (more…)

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