SHIFTING THE WAY WE FEEL, THINK AND ACT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD
The SHiFT Method, created by Emily Penn, ocean advocate and eXXpedition Co-Founder, is designed to help people find their role in solving the world’s most pressing issues.
Emily’s philosophy towards life has been shaped by spending over a decade out at sea, where you are constantly reacting to the changes around you. The wind picks up, the waves change direction, and you have to respond, you have to shift your sails, shift your course. For Emily, that shift led her from a career in architecture to one dedicated to solving the issue of ocean plastic pollution. The more time Emily spent at sea, the more she realised the solutions start on land. Through her workshops, curated experiences and sailing expeditions she’s worked with individuals, businesses and governments around the world to develop solutions, from sea to source. She developed the SHiFT Method which is a journey of discovery to understand the crux of a problem and weigh up where we have the biggest opportunity to make an impact.
FINDING YOUR SUPERPOWER
Now the SHiFT method has been brought to digital life as the SHiFT Platform. Select how, in what aspect of life and where you want to create a shift, from sea to source. From simple consumer choices, to more complex industry actions, you can explore ideas that create long term change.
Use the filters to quickly navigate hundreds of solutions, pick the one that’s right for you, take action and inspire others to follow. On each solution card, we’ll point you to the information and resources you need to find your superpower and make a shift.
The SHiFT Platform is built on the power of collaboration and celebrates a wide range of solutions from different organisations and businesses. Want to get in touch? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AQUEIS e.V. is a not-for-profit organization registered in Germany. Its scope is the promotion of research of rivers, lakes, coasts and oceans, as well as the dissemination of knowledge about aquatic ecosystems, mainly to children and young people.
Goals and visions
There are many good reasons to raise enthusiasm of young people for the Earth’s waters. The enormous importance of particularly the oceans for life on Earth is undoubted. However, the knowledge about aquatic ecosystems, especially among young persons, is usually scarce. In industrialized regions of the world the loss of traditional proficiency and knowledge may be considered as understandable, yet “normal”. But even in coastal cultures, thousands of years old, like the Inuit of the Arctic or the Torres Strait Islanders of Australia the elders with their traditional knowledge about currents, animal migrations or the edibility of certain marine products remain without proper successors.
Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live near coasts. 75% of all mega-cities are found at the coast. 90% of all seafood is harvested in coastal areas. In fact, the oceans and the waters that feed them concern all of us. We are living on a blue planet.
Modern marine sciences continuously expand our knowledge, bring up new findings and enrich our view of our world. And they call our attention to changes, like ocean acidification and ocean warming, or the changes in biodiversity that have a lasting effect on life on Earth and the survival of humankind.
School on the Beach
With our concept “School on the Beach” we bring children and young people in contact with the sea. First developed as a public outreach day for an international scientific workshop “School on the Beach” is now an event on its own. The program runs in Italy already for more than three years. Each event attracts several hundred kids and teenagers.
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