I love collaborating with SlowCoast to bring you Blue Marbles this side of the globe. As part of Team Blue Mind I have been avidly sharing the work of Wallace J Nichols and the rest of our tribe since our paths converged in early 2014… When the book Blue Mind was launched.
What is the Blue Marbles Game?
In 2009 Wallace J Nichols handed a Blue Marble to a friend – he and the Blue Mind Movement have been sharing Blue Marbles ever since. Through this neuroscience-based initiative Blue Marbles are becoming the universal symbol of #bluemind around the world – A celebration of our beautiful, fragile, planet, carrying the simple and clear message that #WaterIsLife.
The sharing of a Blue Marble is a simple message of gratitude, an “analogue meme” if you like with a clear reminder that everything we do on this water planet matters.
Don’t over think it, the “rules” are pure and simple.
1. The marble must be blue (any shade, and preferably made of recycled glass).
2. When you get one, give it away to someone as a token of gratitude (whenever and wherever you like).
3. Share your story with the world (however you like).
Why Blue Marbles?
How did we come to selling marbles? As a coaching consultancy it is a little random to find yourself also selling blue marbles so here is how this (not for profit) side-project came about… As a Blue Health Coach / Practitioner I love what the Blue Marbles project symbolises – there is a deeply analogue symbolism that connects us to one another when we pass a Blue Marble hand to hand eye to eye. I found lots of my contacts got inspired by it too and they wanted to begin sharing Blue Marbles and this message of connection and shared guardianship for one another and the blue planet.
A Carbon Footprint Dilemma
Now here are a couple of snags… Blue Marbles are heavy… and the US is far. These two don’t make a great combination when it comes to shipping and there is a certain irony that a pro-environment initiative could lead to excessive carbon consumption. So… J and I had a chat and we got creative and you will not believe how hard it is to track down ethically trading medium blue marble suppliers! Long and short we solved it…. But hang on a minute the rules of the blue marble project are that you can buy marbles from anywhere I hear you cry… Yes you can… of course… and J never intended to make this into a commercial exercise… in fact it still isn’t…
Buying Blue Marbles Here
When you buy your Blue Marbles here – all profit will go back to ocean conservation causes including (and predominantly) Blue Mind. This also means that Team Blue Mind can continue to freely give Blue Marbles away for education projects – encouraging common knowledge that Water is Medicine… In fact in the UK alone we at Going Coastal Blue freely give away over 500 blue marbles annually during 100 Days of Blue and at festivals, school events and to charities. Win win… Right?
If you are in the UK or Europe you can purchase Blue Marbles and Blue Marbles Gifts from us through our Ocean Inspired store link, or for bulk orders (perhaps you have an event you would like to bring Blue Marbles to within the UK) please Contact Us and we will get Blue Marbles to you for your cause.
Of course if you are looking for other Blue Mind merchandise the awesome Libby can help you… Contact Slowcoast direct.