Ruth Kupiainen

Toolstool

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.

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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.