11 October 2004

think differently

shaping the future@Guardian

The Eden Project is more than just a botanical garden, says its creator. It is a place where people are encouraged to think differently. John Vidal hears how Tim Smit now hopes to use his inspirational vision to effect wider social and environmental change.


Smit's secret, if there is one, seems to be that he can bring people of very different disciplines and skills together, get them to brainstorm and collaborate, and come up with the extraordinary. The Eden Project, he says, has attracted locals by the score, but also high-flying artists, businessmen, architects, scientists, engineers, educationalists, horticulturalists and ecologists from all over Britain.

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