I enjoyed having Mark Kirkwood of BioTecture Training on the show in episodes 1065 and 1076. A few commenters took issue with him though and made what can only be described as baseless accusations (as no facts accompanied them). One of these people was insulting beyond words and had no first hand knowledge of anything. Another claimed to have worked with Mark, I believe him but his concerns were not directly relevant to the claims being made.
These people felt I didn’t listen to them but I most certainly did. I also evaluated their delivery. To put it plainly IT SUCKED and it came off as bitter and baseless. Mark and his partner have told me they did indeed complete one full build and are about to begin another, I have no reason to not believe them, however, I do have concerns about how they presented themselves.
Yesterday I received an email that was fact based about some other concerns with Biotecture Training. This time as it relates to Mark’s aquaponics systems and from multiple sites. This person was able to give me facts and present a few issues that are also concerning in relation to anyone who might work with Mark and his team at least at this time.
In the end here is what I see having occurred. Mark and his folks are decent people, they are working hard for a better world but they are lean on full build experience. I believe they have a solid system but I also believe they have a track record of incomplete builds and flat our failures. Additionally I absolutely do believe that they did complete one full build and understand why details can’t be given about it.
Yesterday I sent an email to the senior partner that stated this in regard to a recent exchange where more information was provided about these issues…
“I believe you but I am going to say this as reasonably as I can, until you guys have a fricken completed project that you can show to the public at large, NONE of you will be back on TSP.”
On that note I recommend the following in regard to this organization….
- I would not dedicate 6 weeks of my life to live on site during one of their courses
- If they can actually deliver the “iron butterfly” I would buy one if I was going to attempt an earthship build
- I would not contribute to them in any way until they either completely and publicly clear the air on these issues OR gain enough experience to build a track record of success.
I will happily welcome back Mark and any of his team when these situations are rectified. I do not believe that these people are frauds or crooks as one commenter (who never met them, spoke to them or spent time with them) claimed them to be.
Folks, if you have concerns about a guest bring me facts, I will look into them and make a fair ruling on the matter considering all evidence and information. If you insist on attacking them, insulting them, calling them names, etc. in a comment section DO NOT expect to be taken seriously.
The reality here is in this situation both Biotecture and the accusers are wrong, in more ways then either wants to admit. One commenter insists that the complete build never happened because he was involved with it. He was not, this is not the location of the project and he simply will not accept that. On the other hand Mark’s people have more incomplete projects then seems reasonable for the way they are presenting themselves and were not fully honest with me about that.
I now consider the matter closed. I wish the folks at Biotecture Training the best, I hope they get their stuff together and prove out their concepts. I cannot however, assist them or recommend that this audience do so in any way until they flatly redeem themselves and prove out their concepts, their abilities and their methods. Oh that along with an apology for what can only be called misrepresentation to the audience as well.