Podcast Episode | Dougald Hine

From Dark Mountain to a School called Home

Dougald Hine is a writer and social thinker, and one of the founders of the Dark Mountain Project. He and his partner Anna Björkman have recently bought an old shoe factory in a small community in Sweden, and are in the process of turning it into a home and a teaching house. In this interview with Campfire Stories founder Mattias Olsson, he speaks of what the Dark Mountain Project is, why it came about and how it’s intertwined with the Transition Movement.


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The song in this episode is called Till Skogen, by the band Kolonien.

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On a Personal Note

Many years ago I heard of this mysterious thing called the Dark Mountain Project. Some sort of manifesto; a minor keyed joik over how things got to be the way they are.

I never understood exactly what it was, yet I’ve been carrying it with me. As a rumour of a possible other world, maybe not so far from ours. A place held by poets, campfires and different meaning-making.

So, when one of the editorial members for our upcoming film A Journey into Transition suggested I interview Dark Mountain Project co-founder Dougald Hine, I lit up! I hadn’t realised that Dougald was living in Sweden – right here in my jurisdiction. In an old shoe factory, as it turned out.

I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

With love,
Mattias Olsson

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