“NATURE: OUR BEST TEACHER, OUR BEST ALLY"
Nature. How do you see it? Is it something to dominate? Is it something to learn from? Is it something to respect? When I say Nature is God. It expresses the genius of the Universe. Janine is right: if we change perspective, our life will change. Let’s stop thinking of it as a warehouse of goods”. Let’s think of it as a “warehouse of ideas” instead.
Biomimicry is the science that studies and imitates biological processes, the way Nature works, to improve human technology and life. In Biomimicry Nature is our Model, our Measure (or benchmark), our Mentor. We should help it, not exploit it, we should learn from it, not teach it. What makes Nature so special? Can it definitely help us overcome our challenges?
Janine Benyus, “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature” and Co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, answered to these and other questions.
“THE HIDDEN INTELLIGENCES: HOW CAN THEY HELP HUMANS IN THE 21st CENTURY…"
“WHEN PLASTIC WASTE BECOME A BAG…"
“SEEDS OF LIFE"
It’s 1 pm! It’s time to sit at the eating table and eat our preferred dish made of pasta, rice, vegetables or meat/diary-based products. Do we know what are we really eating? When Vandana Shiva told me: during the process of agriculture industrialisation our food base has passed from 10,000 to 10 species, I was literally shocked. Only three plant species - rice, maize and wheat - contribute nearly 60 percent of calories obtained by humans from plants. More and more studies (by United Nations and FAO) have underlined how big the loss of biodiversity is, that has happened during the last century. That’s a big problem! That’s a big problem for us, and especially for future generations: Nature is our first “provider of services,” and without it and its biodiversity humanity is bound to fail inexorably. Loss of Biodiversity is like a high-speed train difficult to stop, triggered especially by the greed for power and the ongoing “insectageddon” (that’s the way Vandana describes the massive deaths of pollinators due to the massive use of pesticides in agriculture). That’s why a cultural change is needed and that’s why Navdanya, the movement of farmers founded in India by Vandana Shiva started the Earth University. Its mission? Building a poison-free, fossil fuel-free food and farming by 2030 to avert species extinction and climate catastrophe.
“Biodiversity is life. And all biodiversity begins as seed”
These are the words Vandana started her interview with us. We all know that seeds (in agriculture and in thinking) are the starting point. Without good seeds we cannot have good yields. Without flexible/diverse seeds we cannot have flexible/diverse yields necessary for facing Climate Change. Vandana and Navdanya team are doing a great job in awakening people and protecting the incredible heritage of Nature. What are the main causes of Biodiversity loss? What are the solutions? How does Navdanya movement work and how to join Earth University? How to achieve Zero Hunger (SDG goal 2), Good Health and wellbeing (SDG goal 3) at the same time? What about Navdanya’s project in Italy? Vandana Shiva, environmental activist, founder of Navdanya movement, answered to these and other questions.
“HOW A LEADER IS A CHANGEMAKER AND…WHY A CHANGEMAKER IS A LONG TERM THINKER"
Over the past few decades our global society has become ever more unstable. There are more and more situations of disruptions, as well as global challenges (e.g., Climate Change) that humanity needs to face as a whole. Recognizing such uncertainty is not enough. The process of learning must change. It cannot be about just memorizing things anymore. It must evolve towards deep learning, that is involving an open mind, an open heart and an open will… Leaders of the 21st century are no longer those at the top of a hierarchical structure; leaders (or better change makers) are those who are able collectively (in coordination with the whole system) to sense and shape the future, turning from ego-systemic awareness to also eco-systemic awareness. All these things are explained in the Theory U, which after 2 decades of experimentation, and the publication of several books on the topic, in 2015 evolved in an on-line community based on a MOOC (U-lab course) organized by the MIT and coordinated by the founder of Theory U, Prof. Otto Scharmer. So What is the Theory U? Who is it addressed to? What is a change maker? How can Theory U help solve impelling problems such as Climate Change and sustainability? And how can Theory U help people change themselves? Otto Scharmer answered to these and other questions..