About Inspired Beeing
After 15 years of hibernation, my uncle’s beekeeping net sits ready for action. My Backpack – complete with three months of clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a mobile modem – weighs in at 30 lbs. My pith helmet is tied to my bag, locked and loaded.
Its June 2011. I am 24, and I just quit my job and purchased a plane ticket to Turkey. My mission: to study honey bees in the country’s wild, remote, and beautiful Northeast. And if I survive? Start a social venture. Yes, this blog is the start of my story; but it’s also an exploration into the story behind bees, and how they have struck the hearts of beekeepers, activists, foodies, entrepreneurs, authors, celebrities, and fictional characters world-wide. This blog is an attempt to compile these accounts of discovery, trial, and inspiration.
Watching bees for an afternoon is the equivalent of opening a trap door to the world’s ecosystem. Bees are thought-provoking, insightful, mysterious, and absolutely 100% inspiring. They are also a keystone to sustainable rural enterprise, our global food supply, our culture, and our history.
Instead of buzzing around for all to observe, bees are perhaps most easily found frozen under newspaper headlines proclaiming “BEES ARE DISAPPEARING.” The list of usual suspects causing the exodus include: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Varroa mites, monoculture, systemic pesticides, and cell phone waves.
With all of this publicity, I am intrigued by our social reaction: the people who are newly drawn to the field, the beekeepers who are rising to the challenge, and the organic honey emerging to the surface. Humans on a larger scale than ever before are becoming moved by bees, inspired to take action.
I started Inspired Beeing to capture the thought-provoking aspects of bees and their relationship with human beings. From the banks of the Nile to the backyard of Sherlock Holmes, throughout history our interactions with bees have led to deep insights, new ideas, and creative thinking. If we are truly to save the bees, these uplifting stories need more exposure.
This blog also documents my personal journey launching a social business marketing organic honey produced by women in Turkey. At the moment, I am learning everything there is about the field, and funneling the highlights to you. From the nomadic villages of Turkey’s northeast to the heights of the rocky mountains (my home turf), these stories are about the lessons that we learn from bees and the humans they inspire.
For wit, creativity, adventure, and hopefully a bit of inspiration, check back in at http://www.inspiredbeeing.com. I also invite you to write inspiredbeeing (at) gmail.com to share your own story. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for stopping by the site.