Last week, we were graciously invited to spend a week at an historic hacienda outside of Merida, Mexico. Our thought partners, La Vaca Independiente, a social enterprise focused on systemic change, knew that working amidst ancient relics would inspire us to pause, contemplate our work, and recharge as we planned ahead. As we discussed systems innovation, human-centered design, and emerging technologies, we reaffirmed our commitment to need-finding amongst global communities and the promise of virtual reality as a transformative tool for social impact and sustainability storytelling. Conducting sessions in the presence of a Mayan pyramid, centuries of wisdom seeped into our minds as we discussed holistic solutions, including integrating the arts, when approaching the challenges we face around education, health, environment, and sustainability.
Fundamental to this site, was the incorporation of stunning architecture and beautiful gardens weaving together human history and a natural ecosystem. “From the minute we arrived,” said Todd Khozein of SecondMuse, “We felt like we were in our home as the love and care that everyone infused made this place feel sacred.” Watch this short vignette about Hacienda Itzincab Cámara and its history.