Workshop Coordinator Rob Jackson Accepted into Sustainability Leaders Program

We’re thrilled to announce that Rob Jackson, Arcosanti’s Workshop Coordinator, has been accepted into Arizona Forward’s first ever Emerging Sustainability Leaders program.

Arizona Forward’s mission is to “bring business and civic leaders together to promote cooperative efforts to improve the environmental sustainability and economic vitality of our state and local regions.”

This competitive program will equip the next generation of leaders in the ever growing Arizona sustainability network with an understanding of the pillars of sustainability and tools for practical application of initiatives. The cohort will meet each month for the next six months.

During theses classes they will develop a broad awareness and understanding of the social, environmental, ethical and economical challenges and opportunities of sustainability in Arizona. The program also focuses on developing skills to begin driving business leadership towards renewable systems thinking, and knowledge building to evaluate strategic levers for change.

Although Rob has only been a resident of Arcosanti for a few months, he has already made great strides towards reinvigorating our workshop program. You can read about those efforts and get more information about the 2019 workshop cycle here.

We look forward to watching our Workshop Coordinator develop the critical skills necessary to meet the needs of sustainable practices, for the benefit of both Arcosanti and our region at large.

We’re sending heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to our #GivingTuesday campaign! With your help, we raised $3000!

That money will be matched from our own funds to offer scholarships for the 2019 Workshop cycle. Your support means candidates from low income households will get opportunity to have their life changed for the better with an Arcosanti Workshop!

In the meantime, we’re still accepting donations for our scholarship program on our website. If you felt called to give but were unable to make a contribution for Giving Tuesday, you can find the link to donate here:

Sponsor a Student

Reminder, the Cosanti Foundation is a nonprofit organization which means donations given to Arcosanti are tax deductible!

Welcome to the November 11. 2018 workshop participants.

from left:

Nolan Pearson [seminar + week 2],

Li Cong from Shanghai, China,

Simon Mijatovich

(Photo by Sue Kirsch).

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 27, as Arcosanti will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global movement where every act of generosity counts.

Around this time of year, we have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so on #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back! Whether your monetary donations are small, large, or anywhere in between, collectively we can make a difference for a nonprofit organization by supporting a unique project or program. Last year, with your help, we raised over $6,000!

This year’s campaign focuses on education. We invite you to either give through our Facebook page by following the ‘Donate’ button or visit the ‘Sponsor a Student’ section of our website. For those of you who are only familiar with our famous Soleri inspired windbells, you may be like to know that when you purchase a bell, you support our mission to explore the experiential and educational benefits of integrating Architecture and Ecology. We fulfill this mission by offering six-week long immersive workshops that facilitate a deeper understanding of the Arcosanti ‘urban laboratory’ as a prototype Arcology. This proudly allows us to inspire research, plus foster educational and cultural transformation.

To top it off, we will match all funds raised this Giving Tuesday up to $10,000! All contributions sponsor a student’s full participation in a 2019 six-week workshop.

If our mission resonates with you and you feel called to support our educational programs, please consider #GivingTuesday at the start of the giving season!


Last week marked the conclusion of the first Convergence Workshop. The capstone of the workshop engaged students in a four-day long accelerator program, encouraging workshop participants to synthesize the lessons learned over the past weeks into a focused project or business proposal that could create positive change, both at Arcosanti and in the world at large.
In partnership with SeedSpot, a nationally recognized social impact entrepreneurship organization, we hosted ten students including some residents and one participant from the Phoenix area. Their work involved creating storyboards, testing market assumptions, engaging with potential customers, and finally preparing a one minute pitch that could communicate all of the key aspects of their idea to potential partners or investors.
The week was a blast for both the facilitators and participants. This pilot project reminded us of how powerful Arcosanti can be as an incubator for ideas and creative problem-solving. Not only was the week a great exercise in entrepreneurial thinking, but we gained several very promising proposals for site-specific partnerships next year, many of which seemed both promising and feasible to onsite managers who were in attendance at Pitch Night. Project pitches included a natural building course, a traveling photo exhibition, and an augmented reality tour.
Pitch Night marked the summit of our five weeks with this amazing cohort – a chance to showcase to the community the ideas we had been working to refine. It was amazing to see so many come out to watch as our newest workshop graduates pitched their projects and expressed appreciation for their experience on site. Based off of this success, we look forward to the potential of more SeedSpot programs in 2019!
(Text By Sean P.V., Edits by Tim Bell, Photos by Keven Keleher and Rob Jameson)