Collective Action for Climate Cooling
with Peter Bane on May 7th, 2020
This pandemic has upended all conventional assumptions about social order and the course of economic development. Policies have shifted rapidly but may still fail to meet the crisis. Opportunities abound if we are prepared, but the health crisis has not changed our imperatives to address global warming.
Join Peter Bane during this interactive webinar, as we briefly explore the physics of atmospheric regulation and the possibilities for near-term cooling to mitigate the risk of extreme weather events through land use changes. We will also explore limiting factors in mobilizing such action and creative ways to overcome these.
Education & Regenerative Cultures
with Daniel Christian Wahl on June 11th, 2020
Join author and thought-leader Daniel Christian Wahl and founders of Gaia University, Liora Adler and Andrew Langford as they explore the importance of an engaged approach that integrates action and un/learning as we discover solutions to real-world problems. They will also be envisioning what kind of education might truly help build the capacity for bioregional and glocal regeneration.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps: How to Save Civilisation
with John D. Liu on May 8th, 2019
Ecosystem Restoration Camps founder, environmental filmmaker, and soil scientist John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.
Over the past 150 years, poor land management practices, driven by industrial agriculture, has resulted in the loss of half of the earth’s topsoil. Soil is becoming so degraded that some scientists are predicting that in some parts of the world, such as the UK, we only have 60 harvests left. More carbon has been emitted from degraded soil than from the entire transportation industry.
Without immediate, large scale action, many parts of the world will become uninhabitable in the next 50 years. Conflict over resources such as water and farmable land will become common. Millions of people will either starve or, if they’re lucky, migrate, causing rising tensions in areas where land is still safe to live on.
These changes are having a major impact on the living systems that we need to survive. Healthy ecosystems are essential to regulate our climate system, ensuring that there is enough water and nutrients for all of the creatures that depend on them. Sequestering the excess carbon in our atmosphere on a massive scale is one of the last remaining solutions to staving off the worst effects of climate change. By rehabilitating degraded ecosystems and helping farmers convert from industrial to regenerative agriculture, we can sequester enough carbon to create a safe level in the atmosphere (350ppm).
Ecosystem Restoration Camps will help to create action towards this solution by teaching large numbers of people how to restore degraded land, whilst giving them the opportunity to work with local farmers who need support in transitioning to regenerative agriculture. At the camps, people will acquire the knowledge and information they need in order to put theory into practice. This gives farmers who are struggling financially the ability to try regenerative techniques, thanks to the voluntary manual labour, and gives people valuable experience in landscape restoration. Ecosystem Restoration Camps has the potential to give millions of people around the world the chance to reconnect with the natural world, causing ripple effects as they bring this knowledge and connection back into towns and cities across the globe.
John D Liu is the founder and Chair of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, a visiting Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), and an Ecosystem Ambassador at the Commonland Foundation.
After 15 years as a Television Producer and Cameraman for CBS News, RAI and ZDF John began to study ecology. In the mid-1990’s he began a participatory process with a number of media and broadcasting colleagues in Beijing that led to the creation of the Environmental Education Media Project for China (EEMPC). He has directed the EEMPC (now the EEMP) from its beginning. The EEMPC has distributed over 1000 environmental films in China since then. The EEMPC also helped found the “China Environment and Sustainable Development Reference and Research Center (CESDRRC) and the China HIV/AIDS Information Center (CHAIN). Over the years their activities have broadened beyond China to include the entire world and to include the production of environmental and ecological films. From 2003 – 2006 John was a visiting fellow with the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England, In 2006 he was named the Rothamsted International Fellow for the Communication of Science, and from 2010 – 2013 John was a Senior Research Fellow for IUCN.
In 2013 he received the Communications Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) for his film “Green Gold” about the restoration of Loess Plateau; a film about his work produced by the VPRO won a Prix Italia award. “Hope in a Changing Climate” was named the best ecosystem film by the International Wildlife Film Festival and won several other honors.
Social Permaculture and Women’s Contributions to the Movement
with Starhawk on February 6th, 2018
Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher. In this webinar she discusses how women are stepping into leadership in the permaculture movement. The people-care aspect of permaculture has sometimes taken a back seat to earthworks and food forests, but unless we design structures that support corporation, compassion and creativity, our projects may founder. And every viable culture includes a connection to the sacred, and communal rituals to renew the spirit. Starhawk will speak about group structures and dynamics, how to create an inclusive and welcoming movement.
Trauma & Forgiveness: Generating Heartfelt Responses to the World Around Us
with Kosha Joubert on March 15th, 2018
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Martin Luther King
Trauma lingers in our body systems from all those moments when something happens that is too painful or fearful for us to integrate. Animals seem to have an easier time shaking off the energy of shock and stress – we see ducks naturally shaking themselves to let go of accumulated adrenaline after fierce encounters. Unfortunately perhaps, we humans are more able to hide and internalise stress, and we end up carrying within our bodies not only the trauma from experiences in our individual lives but also the historic trauma from generations that went before.
The cruelty and terror that accompany wars, colonialism, slavery, rape – all of these have left deep scars within the tissue of humanity which are passed on from generation to generation. When we meet in our communities and global networks, and when we start to develop trust, honesty and intimacy with one another, these scar tissues find enough safety to show up. We may experience this as a move from unconscious numbness to acute discomfort. By nature, it is painful and frightening. Our patterns of self-defense are likely to be triggered. The feelings hidden within the wounds we carry were overwhelming at the time, and they might still feel overwhelming when we touch them again now. Yet, they come up for healing.
Trauma is frozen life force – in order to melt back into the river of life it needs the compassionate witnessing presence of the other. We can learn to recognise trauma in ourselves and others. We can learn to self-regulate trauma so that it does not become overwhelming. We can learn to hold space consciously for each other so that healing and forgiveness can take place. Ubuntu – I am because you are.
Have we De-valued the ‘Traditional’ Role of Women in Society?
with Robyn Francis on April 11th, 2018
It is time to re-value and stand proud of women’s phenomenal contribution to food, education, child and elder care, lifestyle and consumer choices, microenterprise, the power and influence of women as decision-makers in the home, community and beyond. Is there a place for redefining and reclaiming the importance of “women’s business” in permaculture?
Crowdfunding as Transformation: Why Vulnerability is your Greatest Campaign Asset
with Kathleen Minogue on May 17th, 2018
Most people would have you believe that crowdfunding is all about money, but after six years of working on the ground with campaign creators and connecting with thought leaders all across the crowdfunding space, Kathleen Minogue is sure that money is just the icing on the cake. The heart of crowdfunding is community.
In this webinar, Kathleen shares stories of lives transformed by crowdfunding – from the creators who took the leap of asking for support to the backers who placed their faith and money in those creators’ hands to the communities supported by campaigns. She also gives advice and answers questions about avoiding the biggest crowdfunding potholes including what you need to do before you launch that will result in more joy during your campaign and why vulnerability will be your greatest asset on your crowdfunding journey.
This webinar with Kathleen guides you on how to utilize crowdfunding to pull your community closer while gathering the tangible and intangible support you need to bring your dreams to life now and in the future.
Honey Bees in Resilient Ecosystems – Varroa Resistance & Increased Natural Habitats
with Carolina Winter & Mona Speth on May 31st, 2018
Honey bees play a crucial role in the human food chain. In a time of industrial agriculture, monocultures, and pesticides, many pollinators are in danger of becoming extinct. In this context, we want to ask what we can do to support honey bees to recover and to develop resilient populations.
Today one of the major threats for honey bee populations and a huge challenge for bee-keepers is the ecto-parasitic mite Varroa destructor. In the 80‘s this mite began to spread from Asia to Europe, Africa, and the Americas following the globalization. In many industrialized countries, the response was strict treatment to „save the bees“ – resulting in an ever-increasing dependency of the bee populations on bee-keepers.
In contrary, in regions where bees were mostly left by themselves, they quickly recovered and developed a resiliency. What is different in the living habitat of wild, “resistant” populations and what can we learn from them? What is our role and responsibility to support honey bees in the presence of the Varroa mite and other complex challenges?
with James Edwards on June 21st, 2018
Want to learn tools to lead and communicate more effectively? Want to build a network of local changemakers? The world’s most pressing environmental and social challenge is the inability to break habits of thought and belief that make implementing the most visionary solutions impossible. In this 90-minute session, participants will be introduced to Theory U, a pathway to transforming business, society, and self by learning to deepen the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness from which the participants operate. Theory U emerged from MIT’s renowned Presencing Institute and has been piloted by over 90,000 people in 180 Countries. It presently forms a core decision-making process for the governments of Scotland and the Netherlands.
Edge Work: Negotiating Tensions Between Local and Global
with May East on August 7th, 2018
Just as it is possible to maximize the edges and diversity between neighboring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in society between different social groupings with diverse worldviews, power structures, and intentions. In this conversation, May will explore the strong and creative tension between what is local and what is global and what attitudes could support edge workers to thrive in intense forward motion.
with John Croft and Lizandra Barbuto on September 18th, 2018
Dragon Dreaming is a living systems approach that teaches us how to create collaborative projects in different contexts; as a Philosophy sustaining the creation a new Win-Win-Win paradigm for living; as a Model of doing a project which helps people know, understand, and use what the model represents. Dragon Dreaming is also a Method which offers different tools to create collaborative and sustainable projects. From an understanding of these perspectives, it allows us to Integrate and dialogue between the Individual and the Collective, Theory and Practice. In this Gaia Radio program, we will introduce these bases of Dragon Dreaming knowledge to a wider audience.
Climate Change and the “Patrix”
with Andrew Langford on September 27th, 2018
In many respects, we already know what significant and practical aspects of climate stewardship looks like. For example, at least one third of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be drawn down into soils just so long as there is adequate moisture available. And, for another, restoration of the small water cycles across the planet, achieved through reforestation and rehydration of the hills, will reduce excess summer temperatures, provide that essential moisture and repair habitat for wildlife species. And yet we are not yet mobilized to do this work on anything like the scale required.
So what gets in the way? My view is that we are partially paralyzed by The Patrix (a Gaia University coinage meaning the ‘patriarchal matrix’ or matrix of oppression). This ever-present, potent and frequently invisible shape-maker of human cultures consists of thousands of dysfunctional thought patterns (memes) that function as a mutually supporting complex, interlocking system. These memes are installed in our individual, community, and cultural operating systems sometimes by contagion or by accident, and frequently deliberately, by patterns of oppression.
In this webinar, we’ll look a little at the threads of The Patrix just to make sure we understand how widespread it is and then look at a few concrete, practical means of contradicting it with, for example, income solidarity and capital sharing systems that allow us to take local action to begin to neutralize global inequality (one of the primary effects of The Patrix, a driver of increasing human stress and a primary limiting factor for people seeking to work FOR ecosocial emergence full time).
Going further, we’ll see how the sharp tools of Re-evaluation Counseling, now offered as an online course for Gaia U Associates, is so valuable as a means to dealing with the emotional blocks that arise as we challenge, in ourselves and with other people, the core capitalist notions of income and capital being private property (as in our examples above).
Creating a Perfectly Fair Equity Split for Bootstrapped Startups
with Mike Moyer, CEO of Slicing Pie on October 31st, 2018
Creating an unfair equity split with partners is not only one of the most devastating mistakes founders can make, but also one of the most common. Conventional “fixed” equity models are the core problem, yet they are still widely used. Dynamic equity models are becoming more popular because they allow founders to create a perfectly fair equity split while providing protection for all participants. This seminar will teach attendees a simple method for implementing a dynamic split and virtually eliminating equity disputes. Every company founder that plans to share equity needs to learn how to ensure fairness.
- Why conventional fixed-split equity models set founders up for failure
- How to implement a dynamic equity model that is perfectly fair to all participants
- What to do when partners or employees quit or get fired
Make the World Imaginative Again
with Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Movement on November 6th, 2018
Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, shares the research he’s been doing for a forthcoming book on the topic of imagination. What is it? Why do we need it? What is the current state of health of our collective imagination, and if it is struggling, why might that be? He will explore why a healthy imagination is vital to our times, the neuroscience of how imagination happens in our brains, and how climate change could be viewed as the greatest failure of imagination in the history of the world. His talk will explore how we can put imagination, and good ‘what if?’ questions at the heart of our activism, and tell stories from around the world of what that looks like, including the story of the Mexican city which has a ‘Ministry of Imagination’! Expect a thought-provoking and imagination-stretching session.
Ecological Commons, Ecological Markets
with Gregory Landua, Co-author of Regenerative Enterprise on January 29th, 2019
How agreements about the public goods generated by ecological commons and private lands can help regenerate our biosphere through business and peer2peer agreements.
Gregory Landua is the co-author of Regenerative Enterprise, a groundbreaking book published in early 2013, and co-creator of the 8-forms of capital framework. Gregory is a regenerative agriculture practitioner, farmer, and serial entrepreneur. Gregory’s aim is always to keep his hands in the soil while also working on technological and economic solution to heal ecosystems. His work as co-founder and CEO of Terra Genesis International has helped to grow an ecosystem of businesses and organizations dedicated to expressing the regenerative potential of agriculture in the natural product industry. Now, as co-founder of Regen Network, Gregory is working to link economic value to ecological regeneration. Regen Network is a blockchain driven transparency and smart contracting platform designed to facilitate the verification of ecological state and coordinate multi-stakeholder groups to achieve ecological regeneration through smart-ecological contracts.
Breakdown and Breakthrough
with Daniel Wahl on February 5th, 2019
We are undergoing a species level right of passage – the generations alive today are challenged to come together in unprecedented levels of cooperation to fundamentally redesign the human impact and presence on Earth. Our species is called to step into mature membership of the community of life and to become a regenerative rather than destructive influence on the ecosystems we inhabit. The window of opportunity is closing! It is “all hands on deck” and too few of us – but rapidly growing numbers – are responding.
In this talk and the subsequent conversation, we explore what pathways of “deep adaptation” will simultaneously prepare us for the inevitable breakdown of systems that no longer serve us, while building local and regional resilience to weather the turbulent decades ahead and putting us on a path towards a transformative response. If we do make it, by the end of this century we will have reduced GHG concentrations in the atmosphere to preindustrial levels and diverse regenerative cultures everywhere – carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of place – will be contributing to a thriving future for all.
Part of the effective transformative power of rites of passage is to face uncertainty and possible death. There are no guarantees. Let us explore together how we can face the trauma that the collapse of the old will bring with it, and still show up to the potential that lies within our still young species to turn breakdown into breakthrough. Death and collapse are critical phases in life’s regenerative patterns that created conditions conducive to life. In Joanna Macy’s words, let us explore how we can be both hospice workers of a dying system that no longer serves us, and midwives of a regenerative future.
Daniel Christian Wahl works internationally as a consultant and educator in regenerative development, whole systems design, and transformative innovation. He holds degrees in biology (Univ. of Edinburgh), and holistic science (Schumacher College), and his 2006 doctoral thesis (Univ. of Dundee) was on Design for Human and Planetary Health.
He was director of Findhorn College between 2007 and 2010 and is a member of the International Futures Forum since 2009, and Gaia Education since 2007. He has collaborated with UNITAR and UNESCO, many large NGO, and as a consultant, his clients included companies such as Camper, Ecover and Lush, as well as, local and regional governments and UK Foresight.
Daniel is a Findhorn Foundation Fellow, on the advisory council of the Ojai Foundation and the Ecosystems Restoration Camps Foundation, a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and on the research working group of the Global Ecovillage Network. He is the co-founder of BiomimicryIberia (2012) and has been collaborating with ‘SmartUIB’ at theUniversity of the Balearic Islands since 2014. Daniel currently also works part-time as Gaia Education’s head of innovation and programme design. His book Designing Regenerative Cultures was published in 2016 by Triarchy Press and has already reached international acclaim. The ‘SDGCommunity Implementation Flashcards’ he developed for Gaia Education have been taken up enthusiastically by UNESCO and are being translated into 5 languages. His prolific blog on Medium has over 17k followers.
Education for Regenerators and How to Spread it Fast
with Morag Gamble on June 22nd, 2019
We are in a climate and environment emergency. This we know. What now…?
Millions of young people are marching in the streets, terrified about their future and demanding change. In response, already over 500 local governments around the world plus the UK government have declared a state of environment and climate emergency. That represents around 100 million people. Public opinion is shifting.
But what now..? How are we to live and what type of education do we need? Permaculture is increasingly being recognised as key, at all levels, (even in the halls of government). But we need more permaculture teachers everywhere to teach others and to ripple out a locally-adapted solution.
We have no time to waste. With just 12 years to turn things around, the International Panel on Climate Change calls for ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’. Swedish activist, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, says we must act as if the ‘house is on fire – because it is!’. We need to take rapid and dramatic action now.
Change is needed in every aspect of our lives and it’s going to take more than changing our sources of energy or even being ‘sustainable’. We need to go beyond sustaining what’s here now, beyond carbon neutral, to:
- reimagining our everyday lives – living one-planet lives
- rethinking the way we work
- embracing the fair share ethic
- creating practical demonstrations and learning spaces everywhere,
- protecting wild spaces and biodiversity
- regenerate nature and earth’s systems.
New movements of non-violent civil disobedience is a disruptive force that is catalysing political change and public awareness. Now we also need a positive education revolution of practical activism to mentor local leaders in the art of permaculture education so we can live well in a post-carbon society.
Young people care about the future. In essence, we all do. The core ethics of permaculture are about caring deeply – earth care, people care, fair share. In this session, Morag explores ways of cultivating permaculture teaching.
About Morag Gamble
Morag Gamble is the founder of the Permaculture Education Institute which aims to teach 1000 new permaculture teachers each year for the next 10 years who go out and teach in their own communities. Morag believes that we need permaculture educators everywhere – practical activists who can amplify community-based permaculture education and ripple out the type of skills, knowledge necessary for a positive future.
Over the past quarter-century, Morag has taught permaculture-related programs in 22 countries with children and adults, in universities, community gardens, schools, urban areas and villages, ecovillages and leading education centres such as Schumacher College.
Morag has also developed an innovative online Permaculture Educators’ Program (weaving together a permaculture design certificate and a permaculture teacher certificate). She is currently mentoring students from 5 continents and gifts programs to community leaders, particularly women, in the global south Morag’s permaculture youtube channel, Our Permaculture Life, has reached over 1.5 million people and her blog, Our Permaculture Life, even more. These resources are freely accessible and being used by schools, centres, and households in 5 continents.
Through her online programs and living permaculture laboratories, including her own award-winning permaculture garden, Morag invites people to immerse themselves in deep learning about a one-earth, nature-connected, community-rich story inspired by indigenous cultures of sustainability, voluntary simplicity and the re-localisation movements.
Addressing Toxic Masculinity
with Dor Haberer on July 9th, 2019
Men’s spaces and circles are becoming more popular around the United States. Dor Haberer has been hosting retreats called Unearthing the Authentic Masculine addressing both toxic masculinity and incorporating more embodiment and emotional vulnerability in men’s spaces. Watch this discussion on the future of men’s work and why this topic has so much relevance today.
Burning Man in the Age of Climate Change
Community Webinar on August 20th, 2019
Why do 80,000 people spend valuable resources to come to the desert in the USA without restoring the degraded ecosystem? What needs are being met? How can we flip attention from celebration culture to active regenerative culture or combine elements of both?
Liora Adler, facilitation
with Ava Klinger and Jorge Espinosa live from Burning Man
Community Webinar on “The Great Hack”
September 19th, 2019
A discussion about how social media was created to network people worldwide so that we could feel more connected, but is now used by campaigns that are driving wedges in society.
Liora Adler, facilitation
Unearthing Authentic Masculinity
with Gaia U MSc candidate, Dor Haberer on October 3rd, 2019
Gaia U MSc Candidate, Dor Haberer discusses men’s work and how it relates to global issues such as climate change, relationships and more.
Living with Forests and Fire
with Gaia U External Reviewer, Dr. Lee Klinger on October 10th, 2019
Gaia U External Reviewer, Dr. Lee Klinger, shares his work with using fire mimicry to restore forests, how we can start rehabilitating burned land, and the potential healing nature of fire.
Trauma & Chinese Medicine
with Gaia U MSc candidate, Dor Haberer
How do we cultivate tools to address the trauma that we and our community are experiencing through climate instability, sexual and physical harassment, racial injustice, and other stored traumas (ancestral, intergenerational, childhood)? Dor Haberer, who is completing his license in Shiatsu and has studied Chinese Medicine for the last two years, provides a Chinese Medicine perspective on trauma using the five-element model and basic tools we can use to address trauma as it appears in our surroundings.
Salt, Pepper & Salsa: Professional Tips for Spicing Up Your Meetings
with Beatrice Briggs, Director of the International Institute of Facilitation and Change
Beatrice Briggs, certified professional facilitator, shares practical strategies that can transform meetings from a boring waste of time to dynamic conversations that contribute to team/organizational success. She explores 5 common errors that drain the life out of meetings, clarifies the role of the meeting facilitator and answers questions about how to deal with frustrating meeting behaviors.
with Eduardo Terzidis, Gaia U Diploma Candidate
Greenwashing is the term coined to describe businesses that make misleading statements about the environmental impact of services or products. In this webinar, we looked at the different types of Greenwashing, some examples, and brainstormed around how to educate others to become better critical thinkers around the true impact and benefit of products.
They Can’t Tell Us Who to Love: Queerness, Decolonization & Desire in Liberatory Learning Spaces
with Kate Morales
Queer studies have long investigated how empire manifests on these smallest and most intimate sites of power. In this talk, we explore some shared desires of queerness and decolonization and how we might apply them to a pedagogy of liberation. How do colonial models of schooling disconnect us from our own desire, embodied learning, loving, and living and how can we learn from queer sensibilities about reclaiming them in the context of radical learning spaces?
Kate Morales is a healing practitioner, artist, radical pedagog, aspiring farmer and parent-in-community, decolonizing/reindigenizing the most intimate spaces of empire with/in their body, family and home. Kate’s paid work as a graphic recorder, visual facilitator, writer and novice printmaker is to illustrate ideas as they unfold in real time and help the wisdom in a collective be known to itself. A gender secessionist and in all ways and forever a rebel border crosser, Kate is currently making home on Ohlone territory in Oakland, CA where they are learning how to love well, play capoeira, grow food and be as queer as possible.
NoMad Living: The Story of the Illuminated Elephants
with Jan Svante Vanbart
Although nomadic lifestyles were the way of life for many of our ancestors, this way of living has taken root again over the past decades as individuals working remotely are able to live anywhere in the world. In fact, many of our Gaia University community live as nomads.
Honoring the nomadic way of life, we invited Jan Svante Vanbart to lead this webinar. He discusses his life on the road, co-creating a traveling school and theater troupe with 28 children and grownups, exchanging knowledge and culture with indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Svante is the author of “Vi Drog; Around the Earth with the Generation of 68″ and “NO MAD Living: the story of The Illuminated Elephants”, recently published in Sweden. He also co-authored “Arco Iris, Arcobaleno and The Rainbow Nation” with Alberto Ruz and “Huehuecoyotl, Roots in the Wind” with other members of the Huehuecoyotl ecovillage in Mexico.
Processing Feelings, Trauma & Grief: An Introduction to Re-evaluation Counseling
with Andrew Langford
Re-evaluation Counseling (rc.org) provides the tools and attention we need to work through the seemingly overwhelming dilemmas that we face today. It enables us to rediscover our capacity to think well and flexibly, to imagine and work zestfully for a near future in which loving connection with all life guides our reorganization as a species. This introduction to RC explains the core of the process and lays out your path to becoming a practitioner and potential teacher of this powerful and proven method for transformation.