This slow observatory is a representation 
of the Pratt x slowLab residency 2014.
slow identity A Slow approach to IDENTITY begins with awareness of 
self, context and connections to others: from the intimate
scale of mind/body to experienced environments and interpersonal relationships. It investigates the dialogue
between inner consciousness, individual expression 
and outer circumstances including community values, 
collective memory and cultural inheritance. By and 
spanning an individual’s interior and exterior dimensions, Slow Identity brings people into fuller resonance with 
the world around them. slow agency This topic brings focus to the rights and responsibilities of individuals and communities to move and act independently 
of dominant systems, structures and practices, in the interest 
of personal and collective well-being. By questioning and critiquing social and cultural norms, Slow AGENCY gives impetus and form to ideas and interventions that probe 
human attitudes and behaviors within (and conditioned by) contemporary modes of living.
slow governance

Slow forms of GOVERNANCE are autonomous and self organizing (local or interlocal) social engagements that operate within non-hierarchical, non-institutionalized and decentralized systems. This topic includes expanding understandings of ownership that question relationships and boundaries between public and private space. It promotes advocacy for community management of common goods, and supports proposals for inclusive and cooperative forms of living. slow economy

Moving beyond the idea of financial markets as primary drivers of economic prosperity, Slow ECONOMY strives
for models of trust and exchange that are more comprehensive and enduring. It expands understandings 
of ‘value’ and ‘investment’ with a view to the health and flourishing of communities and the environment. Models
of Slow Economy are characterized by smaller-scale engagements, more balanced approaches to production 
and consumption, alternative forms of currency, and holistic strategies that support social justice, resource awareness, cultural- and bio-diversity, and symbiotic enrichment.
slow ecology

A Slow perspective on ECOLOGY explores how thinking, learning and doing can be inspired by the holistic coherence, harmony and productivity of ecosystems. 
It promotes whole-systems thinking and inclusive 
mapping of stakeholders that more fully acknowledges complexity and interdependence, and aims for optimal, mutually beneficial collaboration. This topic considers humans not at the center of natural, social, and built environments, but rather as participants in larger relationships, the full spectrum of which they cannot perceive. Actively embracing ‘not-knowing’ enables new levels of receptivity and unfoldment. slow pedagogy

This topic is about developing and encouraging open and collaborative forms of knowledge sharing in every sphere
of life. It supports new models of mentorship and facilitation based on open source methodologies that ensure
transparency and accountability. Slow PEDAGOGY 
 promotes experiential learning through deep and sustained
practices of observing and relating in real physical and 
social contexts. Central to this concept is peer learning 
anddistributed knowledge production, in which skills, information, and processes are assimilated, transmitted 
and (re-)formulated openly and horizontally.