“70,000 years ago humans were insignificant animals. The most important thing to know about prehistoric humans is that they were unimportant. Their impact on the world was very small, less than that of jellyfish, woodpeckers or bumblebees.
Today, however, humans control this planet. How did we reach from there to here? What was our secret of success, that turned us from insignificant apes minding their own business in a corner of Africa, into the rulers of the world?”
This is the opening extract taken from an insightful TED essay on humans and why we run the world (see here for further reading). It’s an interesting point if ever in a moment of despair or disbelief you’ve questioned the big ‘why’. The answer as to why we are here, ruling the world is such: humans, over chimpanzees were able to cooperate flexibly in large groups because of our ability to collaborate, cooperate and be flexible when we needed to.
At Canvas and Stone, most of us are recent custodians of our properties, the latest in line of owners, whose responsibility it is to see each house through to the next generation, hopefully leaving each property in a better way than when we found it. We face a lot of the same challenges in doing this and appreciate the mutual understanding and support we give to each other in order to progress.
We recognise the need for flexibility and cooperation in achieving our individual goals. We value the importance of sharing experiences, to encourage one another in what we do and collectively raise the standard within hospitality.
We have come together as owners because we believe in the same stories, the same vision, the same ideas for our houses. We knew collectively, that we’d be more powerful together than alone.
Referring back to the TED talk earlier, it goes on to ask – how is it that humans are the only ones capable of this cooperation?
The answer is: imagination!
And indeed at a Canvas and Stone house, amongst the aesthetic and the production, the team and the guests, you’ll find plenty of imagination. Our passion for our heritage and the survival of our houses in the 21st century helps us to nurture this imagination in order to survive. So where you’ll hear of new venues being announced in Iscoyd or Wasing, a beautiful new yurt at Dewsall or a recent room refurbishment at Pennard or a whole new room being soundproofed like the Gillyflower at Elmore, that’s because we are always evolving, making ourselves flexible in order to keep offering something unique and relevant to you.
So when you next have an opportunity to plan an event remember to fill it with IMAGINATION!!
For more information:
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team on 020 3741 8040
(Images by burlisonphotography.com)