We arrived in London yesterday extremely jet lagged but so happy to be here. We are a ways away from the conference hotel and downtown so we’ve become quite adept at the sophisticated public transit system in London, a.k.a. “the tube.” We had this morning to ourselves before meeting the rest of the 2013 and 2014 Hubs on a dinner boat ride down the Thames River. What a beautiful way to start this trip! We got a chance to meet many of our peers and made new friends in the 2013 hubs. We visited with our friends from Kenya and Ethiopia, met the hub leaders from Arizona, Kansas, New York, Chile, Mexico and many others. Unlike most conferences there isn’t a lot of posturing and small talk. Our connection is our work and our values. We feel like old friends already. We admire the family values–some of the Savory Institute leaders were traveling with their families, showing once again that this is truly a holistic lifestyle with many generations involved in the work. We sure do miss our Miss Maezy, but the time difference works out that we can Skype with her each day. We ended up staying at a house rented by a group from the Savory Institute so not only are we new friends, we get to be housemates before spending nine days in Zimbabwe together. What an amazing group of people and tonight we are reminded of how lucky we are to be part of this grassroots network of “solutionaries.” Tomorrow is a working session for the hubs (2013 and 2014) followed by the Gala Event at Hurlingham Club where we will have our first opportunity (followed by many more) to network with potential investors. We heard there is a Countess coming.
In other news the Savory Institute is a finalist in the Virgin Earth Challenge. So exciting!