There is a distinct and dangerous dissonance between our short sighted, anthropocentric consumption of earth’s resources, and nature’s regeneration rhythms.
Resource Time is an alternate time measurement, designed to make that dissonance more palpable. It is based on our consumption of earth’s resources rather than standard time. If we measured a year in terms of us exhausting a year’s worth of regenerable resources, then we have been speeding up time since the 1970s (based on the data of earth overshoot day, found here). Resource time runs 1,26x faster than standard time.
This time measurement is tool to intervene and create mindset shifts within systems through the people working within them. Workplaces of all kinds, with their continual strategic and implementation plans, are spaces in which foresight is enacted continually and future planning already happens at larger than individual scales. Inserting Resource Time into these environments and planning moments is therefore a way of reaching people in a space where they are empowered to shift the way we create the things which affect us and the future from which we are stealing.
To this end Return Borrowed Time – an open source platform (demo website found here) brings Resource Time awareness into organisations & workplaces. Alongside linking toward practical advice, it offers 3 modified timepieces which operate as interventions in the personal and public sphere in working environments. The Borrowed Time artefacts give different entry points to Resource Time, spanning past, present and future. They are modifications to existing timepieces rather than new products, requiring little to no new material, to be in line with the ethos of resource conservation at the heart of this project.