What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
There was no single moment, but rather a growing realization over time that the ways we've been planning and building in the Bahamas in recent decades are not nearly so sustainable, healthy, or endearing as the places we once built. The only sustainable and enduring places in The Bahamas that have stood the test of time and still thrive as loved and real places for locals & visitors alike are those tradtional harbour village such as Hope Town, Abaco - Green Turtle Cay, Abaco and Harbour Island, Eleuthera. And so we set out to study these places in great detail, both at the scale of the town and the scale of the buildings. Schooner bay is patterned after and inspired by them; we believe that it will one day become one of them.
From a tourism perspective, these authentic towns become the resort or holiday experience in and of themselves. We build the place and thus we have the resort. No brand, no casino, no golf, just a real place for visitors, 2nd homeowners and residents alike to enjoy and love.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
Our founder, developer and visionary - Mr. Orjan Lindroth. He is a true community builder and inspired by his childhood growing up in Nassau in the 50's & 60's. He has seen how poorly we build places and so-called communities in this country and decided that it was time to do it right with the lessons learned from the past and the present.
How did you first hear about Changemakers?
If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company
Colleague - our head engineer & project director