Becoming Naturally Smart


Who is behind this?

Paul Clarke

Pop Up Foundation

United Kingdom

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Intelligence is not ours alone, but a property of the earth. We are in it, of it, immersed in its depths. Each terrain has its own intelligence, with its own sky and its own blue. How do we become naturally smart and share what we learn to enhance well-being ? Step outside and embark on a journey...

Where will your idea take place?

Schools across Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europeans are all challenged to live more sustainably.
To do so will help us to promote and enhance well-being for people and planet. But how?
Well-being is not in our opinion simply a monetary or consumer issue it is embedded in a robust connection and interaction with the natural world.
We want Europe to lead on the idea that deeper understanding of the natural systems has beneficial well-being effects for people and planet through an intelligent collaboration
We are already working on these ideas of the power of natural intelligence with our colleagues in Australia, Asia, and Brasil as the challenge is generic and the need is urgent.
The work has potential for transferability to all human organisations, as a connecting device and a stimulus for sustainable thinking and action.

What is your impact?

1. ,Our work together has generated a diverse set of stories and reports of restorative work using our core sensory themes that can help others to do the same.
2. These data illustrates how we can nurture well-being through a renewed focus on our restorative relationship with the natural world, from simple starting points such as our own schoolyard and local communities.
3. We are learning how to nurture naturally smart citizens.
4. The material can inform a metric that will be used to shape future policy and practice.

How do you get there?

1. Build the Naturally Smart Schools Website
2. Invite partner schools across Europe through the existing school-based networks.
3. Design and publicise sensory stimulus pack which can be downloaded by any school across Europe from the website
4. Generate some simple examples which can be used as templates to develop their own experiments and investigations of natural spaces.
5. Set a reporting period and analyse and identify leading examples from partner schools.
6. Create a portfolio of Naturally Smart School practice.
7. Host a series of celebration gatherings where work in progress can be reported.
8. Continue to explore and enhance the range and scope of the work for future generations.
9. Use the findings to report on well-being policy and best practice.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 95000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Taking ideas to scale, we would like to extend this project to an international audience of schools and would welcome opportunities to explore the best ways this can be facilitated.


Pop Up Foundation

Idea created on April 9, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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