Founder of Pollima
Ardilla is focused on creating new systems of production and consumption. Growing up in Kentucky as an environmentalist, organizing against mountaintop removal, she learned how to negotiate. With gratitude for her lessons in verbal communication she became a designer and then a consultant focused on popularizing materials that support the circular economy.
She sees humanity like an amoeba - and each person is a cilia. Each person only has time to make one squiggle in their entire life. If we work together, our one squiggle can move us in a positive, regenerative, and healthy direction. We can also squiggle together in a negative, disconnected, destructive direction. Or squiggle in many directions and not progress at all.
To guide us towards progress she begs us to ask two questions to increase conscious decision making : “Where did this come from?” and “Where is this going?”
Step by step, the human amoeba can collectively create a world where waste is a resource and everyone has value.