Li An Phoa - Spring College
Creation for vital food, water and landscapes
Li An Phoa is a passionate systems-thinker engaged in research, holistic learning and creation for vital food, water and landscapes. She initiates and facilitates multi-stakeholder processes. She work with large organisations such as Unilever and the Rwandan Ministry of Health, as well as innovative farmers, artists and indigenous communities. She teaches at Rotterdam School of Management, Nyenrode Business University, Schumacher College and co-founded Spring College teaching hundreds of people outdoors about ecology and economy; our daily lives and habits and the visions we hold for the world.
She has three master degrees in Business Administration (at Rotterdam School of Management), Holistic Science (or Whole System Ecology at Schumacher College, School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Plymouth in the UK) and Philosophy (at the Erasmus University Rotterdam). She lived more than eight years as a nomad. The Dutch newspaper TROUW awarded her in 2019 as number 19 in the top 100 list of most sustainable leaders in The Netherlands.
Li An Phoa
Li An is on a mission towards Drinkable Rivers as Indicators for Healthy ways of Living. She creates Source-to-Sea river curricula along rivers with you, local people and experts to experience what we can learn from rivers and to research how we can live together towards Drinkable Rivers. Join her in this pursuit towards Drinkable Rivers, which will encourage an Economy of Care that embraces a way of thinking and doing that is aligned with the integrity of our living systems.
Only a few generations ago all rivers were drinkable, now almost none. This is a sign of how we live. Canoeing an entire drinkable river, the Rupert River, in northern Québec Canada for a month taught me the value of relationships for the health of living systems. In the video on this page, Li An Phoa introduces her mission to engage local people, organisations and any enthusiast to care for Drinkable Rivers.
In source-to-sea river walks, she will engage you to join the walk and conversations and show how every simple step and each of our daily lives matter. Together with you, we will explore how to live towards Drinkable Rivers.
The river Maas (la Meuse) in Europe will be the first source-to-sea curriculum. From the source in France, through Belgium, to the Netherlands and ultimately into the North Sea. Start date planned: April/May 2018.