The Oregon Natural Resources Research Institute was founded at the Wildlife Safari in 2001. The ONRRI Institute is now located in the virtual community of the Northwest Education and Training Institute. The focus of ONRRI is to enable monitoring of biological systems and to pursue the advancement of small science. The over-all goal is to develop processes that cleanse the metabolism of Gaia. The initial focus will be on water.
Redile – a new approach to science and math education. Redile stands for Research Directed Learning. The ONRRI approach is to channel direct interest onto a specific focal point - that which the student intends to learn. The best teachers learn about what they are teaching and transmit their energy into the explanation. By spending focused time on a specific topic, a scientific mentor leads an interested group of explorers to a novel approach - small science. Each person asks their own questions and the group converges to a consensus of the answers. Albert Einstein suggested that problems could never be solved in the mindset that created them.
There will be three focus levels for the water quality project. The base level will be a monitoring zone program set up for teenagers and conduits. Areas of interest in the past included water quality monitoring, aquatic entomology and forestry. Participants will be self-selcted teens that have an interest in some aspect of science. This program was piloted through grants provided by the Roseburg BLM under the Rural Schools Act of 2000.
The second focus level will be graduate student and college seniors that are interested in embarking on a field journey into nature. The proposed research project will be to map inorganic migration through bio-metabolic systems search for hyperaccumulation. The research will cross several biological kingdoms with modern analytical technology for monitoring.
The third focus level is service to Gaia. Nature is the model for all thought - by observing the approach that nature takes, we can enhance her metabolic process. This includes removing toxins from her water and air systems and treating the land with respect for bountiful harvests. The soils work with nutrient enhanced EM systems will allow propogation of the biologic vectors required for statistically valid research.
The leadership of the cleanse the water satyagraha quest is Dr. Lenny Thyme. The lead educator for ONRRI natural resource classes at NWETI is Dr. Leonard J. Schussel, PhD (Oregon State University 1987). The depth of the research will focus on the lab scale with the goal of developing methods of cleansing drinking water, repairing inhibited watersheds and regenerating ocean dead zones. Soil work will involve assessing potential forms for delivery of micronutrients and for hyperaccumulation of toxic substances.
Everybody who is interested in achieving a virtual new paradigm should join this Existence site. Students interested in this education project should enroll at NWETI. The costs of education have not been calculated yet, but barter trade offers are welcome. Source work will come as it may because the universe provides exactly what we expect, though never in the for that we expect it. What follows now are some ideas about the ONRRI philosophy of learning.
Alteration – rethinking the way science is done. Individuals working on a small scale, not big scale. Rural skills trainings are of critical importance. We need to learn how to grow food quickly and start building up the seed stock. We need to look at methods of ground preparation to look at the flow of nutrients from soils to plants through fungi. Looking at the combinations of inoculations to determine which optimizes the natural system.
Biomimicry - Looking at how nature accommodates as compared to our regular agricultural pathways. Different ideas sprout from a genesis of spontaneous pathways that develop as outlets of the modern system. Restriction to channel is a control feature that squelches independent initiative. Science investigates and compares methods, compares data to evaluate real productivity. The idea is to use the entire flux of the mass balance to engage in biocyclic assembly and degradation.
Investigation - How do we account for all the materials and the transformation of the organic system by enzymatic progress? The nature systems use what is available, but work better with optimum – enough but not too much. Selenium has just been demonized by polo ponies, remains a necessary mineral for muscular regularity. Analytical capability and function mass handling are two support aspects that could really impact the ability f the local community to be self-sufficient.
Soil – the solvent media. The fungi, bacteria and viruses that microscopically transform material can be used to deliver the necessary balance of micronutrient flow into plant root systems. The micronutrient tea can be added to any liquid. Cocktail of materials can be metabolized by compost and encourage immediate distribution into all biologic systems by setting form.
On-line – set up to transfer information to students to support their individual investigations. Technical support is traded between student that attend on-line classes – but field work is necessary to develop the skills and intuitions necessary for the task. The gardens should each identify as many initial variables as are necessary. The criteria of evaluation should be well-defined, yet available to common integration. Support materials should lead in direction that enables students to find more. Focus on skills that have common utility.
Documentation – written, oral on film and audio tape. Each person has a role that gives a responsibility to interpretation. Justify why you believe a certain way of thinking holds credence. Open to the court of popular belief to stand on the merits of truth or wisdom. Get the information to the people who can use it to take action. What does not work is just as important as what does work. Sequestering information allows a different mosaic to be built in the minds of the patrons.