5 Bentoboxes


Addressing ‘basic’ and ‘higher’ needs at once is one of our starting points. Whilst there is much to be done to mend our frayed social safety nets, we don’t just want to sew on a patch. We want to try a different stitch, and interweave different threads.

A bento box is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box. It’s origins are Japanese where “bento” refers to the packed meal. The box is divided into several compartments, one each for the edamame, rice, tempura and sushi,for example. The thing about the bento box is that while eating one of the compartments might be tasty, it alone won’t fill you up. Eating the whole bento box, however, can lead to a sense of fullness.

The metaphor of the bento box evolved from our recognition that no one solution would be enough to enable a fulfilling and enriching life.

And so we have… From here to there in five bento boxes.

Open all Bento Boxes

Open Box 1 Grievers

Open Box 2 Precariously Housed

Open Box 3 Temporarily Situated

Open Box 4 The Bored

Open Box 5 Curious Staff