Toolstool is a service for prompting discussion of culturally inherited land management and cultivation skills and knowledge among new emerging communities of the Sustainable Belt that may be affected by a loss of cultural identity as increasing numbers of inhabitants leave to live in cities.
The kit is used in workshops aimed at encouraging people from different parts of society to discuss their shared values and concerns. Each participant receives a Toolstool, which they bring to the meeting and assemble together. Whilst sitting on their stools, the participants discuss the provided example story and record their thoughts on a reflection sheet included in the packaging. These sheets help guide further conversations and are ultimately returned to a project leader tasked with compiling them in an exhibition that all members of the community are invited to attend. The Toolstool provides a neutral stimulus for important discussions within communities and will eventually become an icon associated with the act of meeting up to share and learn.