The Pale Blue Dot Org is a Community Interest Company founded in 2012 as the result of a conversation about Carl Sagan’s picture of the same name. The CIC’s stated purpose is to “develop community leadership in sustainable development”. It is operated and managed by Darren Hall.
Its initial aim was to support the Bristol Green Capital Partnership (www.bristolgreencapital.org) in its bid to help win the European Green Capital Award. In doing so, PBD acted as the Partnership’s trading arm, going on to deliver a number of different projects. At the core of the organisation is a learning programme for groups of up to twelve to fifteen people, delivered in partnership with the Schumacher Institute. PBD has subsequently published a magazine called Good Bristol, and hosted an action learning research project to look at Eldership.
A ‘blue dot person’ is a way of being that identifies ourselves and others who understand systems thinking and actively uphold the principles of “one planet living” i.e. living within our planetary limits.
- We will do everything we can to live within environmental limits
- We start from a position of trust
- We own our opinions and act in the first person
- We support people and use technology, not the other way around.
- We respect each other absolutely, and allow others speak freely without fear of intimidation