Ideas and Trails to sustainability and thrive
Frits Ahlefeldt (1966) Denmark
Artist, Eco-freak, Hiker. (Educated in Art, Architecture, Design, Ecology and Digital Communication) I sketch and develop ideas, concepts and open projects about thrive, the environment, hiking, sustainable living, climate change, ecology, technology and the challenges and trails ahead of us…
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art 1991-2000 (Architecture, Design, Landscape and Innovation) Danish IT University 2001-2006 Cand. IT (Candidate in: Digital design, interaction, social media, networks and communication) Specialized in: Ideas, innovation, communication, concept-visualization and design around sustainable living, landscapes, trails, ecology and thrive
I work as an artist & idea-brainstormer and visual storyteller. Mostly on my own projects, and as an consultant for networks and for a number of media, organisations and companies including UN, EU and others that can make use of my knowledge on sustainability, open innovation, design, digital media and thrive, and can use my visual way of getting and sketching ideas and understandings up.
I work out of Copenhagen, Denmark, and even though I have cutting edge knowledge of technology and innovation I do most of my work with thousand year old drawing techniques and timeless tools like brushes, ink, paper and watercolor that I can use both getting ideas indoors and out on the trails. I try my best to keep things simple, but have a few gadgets for hiking and research on the trails like a solar powered Brunton charger, my Thinkpad, GPS and hiking gear.
Research: I always try to keep updated on innovation, sociology, philosophy, design, sustainable living and technology – and other subjects that are important for understanding where and how we can find new paths forward together.
I’ve been into hiking since 1987, after learning the basics on a mountaineering school in Norway for a year. And have since worked to combine a way to hike, sketch and help to design better ways of relating to nature. Longest trip I’ve done so far is the 3,5 month hiking and research trek, I did down through France and Spain, sketching watercolors and taking notes, learning about the different types of dwellings and communities that supports the ancient pilgrimage-trail, the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, to get inspiration and new ideas for sustainable community dwellings.
The last 10 years I’ve continued to focus on how we, our trails and places connect and interact, through storytelling, innovation and social activities, and how this can be supported by using digital technology and media. What I have found is that the way we connect to the landscapes and to each other somehow works after very ancient hardwired patterns, and now the digital technology finds new ways to support and evolve these patterns. And I think maybe this knowledge can help us understand how to get ideas for, design and build better and more sustainable societies, communities and relationships… both with each other and with the planet.
I work from a green vision to empower both cities and citizens to find ways to make us all thrive better and to, at the same time, get closer to finding more sustainable ways of living together. When drawing up ideas and concepts I use both words and research existing knowledge and concepts, while juggling with classic old-school design sketching techniques, pencils and watercolors.
Often I also use ink and metaphors to illustrate the understandings, feelings, roles and challenges ahead – and when possible even to sketch directions, that can get us moving along better trails. I regularly update my Twitter and Facebook and also put Creative Commons drawings up on Flickr from time to time All the best Frits Ahlefeldt HikingArtist com