Rekindle is a speculative instrument to build, restore and rekindle the relationship with nonhumans through gratitude frequencies.


Design Research
Speculative Design Discursive Design
Behavior Change Prototyping

The Problem

The increasing activity and competition within the global commons — borderless areas such as cyberspace, the oceans, polar regions, and space — has led to overuse of natural resources and international conflict. Poor management and abuse of these areas, e.g. the ocean, has resulted in the Great Pacific garbage patch or even outer space pollution.


There is a world order trend that there is an increasing competition in the global commons. “Countries and corporations are increasingly reliant upon capabilities and infrastructure linked the global commons. Governance of these commons continues to be contentious as increasing levels of activity and dependence give rise to competition and conflict.”
- Sitra Innovation.



As a consequence of our actions, we must redefine our relationship with the natural world, from exploitation to actively participating as nature. A great paradigm shift.

Robin Wall Kimmerer writes, “...we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks, ‘What more can we take from the Earth?’ and almost never, ‘What does the Earth ask of us in return?” For much of human’s time on the planet, before the Great Delusion, we lived in cultures that understood the covenant of reciprocity, that for the Earth to stay in balance, we must give back in equal measure for what we take. So when we ask ourselves, what is our responsibility to the Earth, we are also asking, “What is our gift?” we carry gifts of our own, which the Earth urgently needs. Among the most potent of these is gratitude. Gratitude propels the recognition of all beings and challenges the fallacy of human exceptionalism—the idea that we are somehow better, more deserving of the wealth and services of the Earth than other species. Indigenous story traditions are full of cautionary tales about the failure of gratitude. The practice of gratitude can, in a very real way, lead to taking only what we need. Acknowledging the gifts that surround us creates a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of enough-ness which is an antidote to the societal messages that drill into our spirits telling us we must have more. Practicing contentment is a radical act in a consumption-driven society.”

The speculative instrument is tuned to a vibrational frequency of gratitude and thankfulness which is 432 Hz, according to the Ancient Solfeggio Frequencies. For the instrument to work, it has to be placed in a puddle outdoors. Building off the work of Dr. Jacques Benveniste we know that water has memory and has the ability to retain information. Once the instrument is struck, the vibrational frequency radiates into the water, evaporates, and gratitude energies are absorbed back into all living things through the water cycle.

The Result

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