Changing morale by changing space, changing space by changing morale
Source Point envisions a world where humanity sees the surrounding environment as an extension to themselves, how the well-being of the one intimately influences the well-being of the other, and due to this knowledge, changes the world for the better.
Source Point exists for the sole purpose of improving and maintaining the integrity of our environment and humanity's emotional well-being by raising community consciousness toward the interdependent relationship of humanity to the environment in a strategic, sustainable and collaborative manner.
Dignity | Subjective Compassion Compassionate awareness of self
Integrity | Objective Compassion Compassionate awareness of everything outside of oneself
Unity | Collaborative Compassion
Collaborative compassionate awareness
Identifying and assessing gaps within the interdependent relationship of a community toward their surrounding environment, by using the well-being of both as reference.
Devising and implementing strategic, sustainable solutions to uplift community and environmental well-being based on the principals of environmental psychology.
Our project categories include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
Infrastructure development based on innovative Ecodesign
(Caring for something outside of oneself necessitates that one’s basic needs be met first. Developing solutions to basic needs (food, water, personal safety/security) with eco-design principals, instils a positive relationship toward the environment from the get-go.)
Cleaning and Greening
(Cleaner and greener environments promote mental, emotional, medical and economic well-being)
Promotion and preservation of environmental cultural heritage / Indigenous Knowledge Systems
(Awareness of one’s own intrinsic environmental relationship, builds pride and ownership towards one’s environment. This gives way to a sense of belonging, in turn, promoting the well-being of both community and environment.)
Promotion and development of environmentally friendly public art and space initiatives
(Creative visual stimuli promote public well-being. Visual stimuli based on environmentally friendly principals have a positive double effect on both awareness and well-being.)
Promotion and development of eco-tourism & business initiatives
(Promotes a healthy relationship between the environment and the economy, and raises awareness on how the environment, used in a sustainable way, can promote economic upliftment and in turn emotional well-being.)
Promoting and protecting natural environments
(Protection of natural environments for the use of future generations.)
Raising awareness through environmental education and training campaigns
Source Point was established in 2015 for the sole purpose of preserving the environment, envisioning a world where humanity embraces the scarcity and sacredness of the environment by seeing their natural surrounding environment as an extension to themselves.
We believe that change and solutions are motivated by people and not governments or large organisational structures and that people, in turn, are motivated by beliefs, by deeply rooted mind-sets. This fact, powerful in its very nature, has also become the downfall of conservation endeavours, as in recent times a mindset of emancipating self from environment has taken refuge in the minds of so many. It seems so obvious, the one’s intricate, interwoven, relationship to the other, but alas, this ideology has become the foundation of our current rate of evolution, leaving in its wake something unsustainable, something truly hollow, causing a hunger that seems to be unfulfillable.
The idea of preservation is only credible if an individual has a heartfelt relationship with the object that is to be preserved. In this regard we may start to understand the apathy felt toward environmental conservation as our population is increasingly becoming more dependent upon a system that does not promote intimate environmental relationships within the realm of day to day life but rather emancipation; cultivating a consumer mindset of utilising and disposing, having no regard for the processes of birth and death of the items so faithfully consumed.
The question therefore becomes; how do you change a mindset, and how do you do it in a sustainable manner? The interactions between human beings and their surrounding environment have been thoroughly investigated in a science called environmental psychology and it explicitly considers how the environment influences human behaviour as well as the inverse; how behaviour results in environmental changes.
The mechanisms of changing a mindset have therefore become our vehicle to drive physical environmental change, but also the inverse, changing the environment so as to drive mental changes within individuals. Our projects are therefore based on this very simple interchangeable principal. We try to find the golden thread, that perfect balance between the two variables e.g. humanity and environment, as emotional wellbeing is directly proportional to environmental wellbeing and visa versa.
We utilise various tools at the disposal of environmental psychology so as to subconsciously conjure up feelings of pride, dignity, integrity, unity and the preservation thereof in relation to the environment. This gives way to tangible environmental changes in an organic manner but moreover, we try to combine this change with a change in communal welfare by stimulating sustainable economic incentives in harmony with the environmental change, so as to create an independent feedback loop.
M. van As
Environmental & Youth Adviser
L. van As
Founder & Director
F.A. Von Lengeling
Innovation & Art Development
Strategic Development Adviser
E. de Smidt
Art & Developmental