the seeds project
The Seeds Project has grown from a very simple notion:
Despite the efforts made by individuals, organizations and states, there remains ample space to consider the problems facing victims of conflict, under-development, ecological and natural disasters.
The Seeds Project seeks to influence the policy, practice and awareness of the needs of those countries, peoples and issues that make and those that do not make the global evening news. The organization and its contributors are those that seek to work from the periphery to effect change at the center, be that center either the donors, the states, at the field level, or directly with the victims themselves.
Independent action is the core value of The Seeds Project. The Seeds Project must have the freedom to challenge the politics and players that ultimately affect the lives of millions. The organization and its board must ensure the dynamism and inertia necessary to remain relevant in a world where attention, values, crises and responses are moving at hyper speed.
The Seeds Project is to be a forum that allows professionals to work outside of the traditional bounds of their respective professions. The means to conduct evaluation, reflection and awareness raising are to be made available to academics, humanitarians, journalists and policy makers. The organization must parallel its international efforts with a policy of promoting the work of people within their own contexts.
The goal of the Seeds Project is to develop a dedicated and dynamic organization working from the periphery, exploiting its ability to adapt quickly to use the governments, the media, images and thematic reflections to optimal use.
Founded by the energies of Fred Clarke, his vision has culminated in The Seeds Project, an organization whose mission it is to consider the effects of conflict and war, under-development, ecological and natural disasters, from outside and beyond the traditional bounds within which humanitarians, journalists and academics work.
Clarke sees the organization as providing a short term venue for those seeking the liberty of being able to consider the fate of the victims, challenges for the future, and the possibility to steer humanitarian action; in short, to “seed” new ideas and reflections beyond the practical demands that working in the field often requires. A small, dedicated and dynamic organization working from the periphery could have a greater impact than the big players, and use the media, images and thematic reflections in more impacting manner.