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Omega Institute Janine Benyus: Design By Nature 2012: Gecko Technology
In this clip from her talk at the 2012 Design by Nature conference at Omega, Janine Benyus, a pioneer in the biomimicry movement, talks about how gecko technology is influencing the people who make our world. She says, “…a sustainable world already exists…and now it really just takes quieting human cleverness at this point.”   Watch Janine Benyus via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream   More
Omega Institute Carter Majora Do What You Can
Majora Carter, an eco-entrepreneur and founder of Sustainable South Bronx and The Majora Carter Group, encourages you to do what you can—even if it’s something small—to make the world a better place for everyone. When you understand your power is something that can be exercised for the greater good, then all things are possible, including a sustainable planet.   More
We love our planet—that's why we think of every day as Earth Day. Omega's teachers agree, and they've got some suggestions for how you can make small changes in your life that will make a difference for all of us. Check out their tips then share your suggestions with us here.   More
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, explains the impact climate change has had in Bangladesh and how what he saw there inspired him to start a movement. The talk was delivered at the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference in 2012, where Omega was a sponsor. More
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, shares his insights and opinion on the importance of shifting the economy away from fossil fuel subsidies. The talk was delivered at the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference in 2012, where Omega was a sponsor. More
Bill McKibben, a world renowned author and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, shares his observations on climate change, the economic and social benefits of supporting local agriculture, and how he used his passion for environmental sustainability to start a movement. The talk was delivered at the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference in 2012, where Omega was a sponsor.   More
Program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains how nature can assist in human design challenges and add some extra benefits along the way. Learn more about Dana Levy   More
Globally recognized, award-winning author and pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy movement, Van Jones was named one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world. In this keynote presentation from Omega's Design by Nature conference, he discusses the politics of the green economy and why it's a lot less complicated than you might think. Explore more from Van Jones   More
Ep. 4: How Does Nature Adapt to Changing Conditions? The fourth in a series of AskNature Nuggets. Featuring Biomimicry 3.8's coolest Biologist at the Design Table (BaDT), Sherry Ritter and the adaptive antics of the starfish.     More
Man's idea of chemistry often involves nasty chemicals, bunsen burners, and lab coats, but have you ever considered how nature does chemistry? The colors, smells, and structures that occur naturally are created by nature using the materials that surround them in the conditions in which they live. How can humans make concrete influenced by coral or adhesives based on blue mussels? Biomimicry 3.8's Green Chemistry Naturalist, Mark Dorfman explains why nature could be the best chemistry teacher that humans have ever had.   More

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Omega Institute 4 Ways Urban Gardens Strengthen Community
1. Access to Safe, Nutritious FoodUrban agriculture is an important part of an ecologically sustainable and abundant food production system. According to the USDA, 15 percent of global food production takes place in urban environments and provides some food security for growing urban populations. More
Omega Institute Using Your Yes: A Positive Approach to a Sustainable Future
A Positive Approach to a Sustainable Future
The impulse that often draws people toward activism is a profound feeling of "No!" This can manifest as an inability to stay silent about a variety of environmental issues, including pollution of the air we breathe and the water we drink, the loss of wild lands and quiet spaces, and the grave risks of climate change. More
Omega Institute What Permaculture Teaches Us About Leadership
Though expressed as design principles for agriculture, the 12 principles of permaculture can also be interpreted more broadly, as important principles for decision making and leadership, helping us take action in an integrated way on a variety issues. Here are a few of these principles, taken beyond the field, the garden, and the forest, to see what they can offer all of us as leaders.  More
Omega Institute How to Approach the Next 20 Years by Chris Martenson
The big story is this: the world has physical limits that we are already encountering, but our economy operates as if none exist. Our economy requires growth. I don't mean require as if it's written in a legal document somewhere, but require in the sense that our economy really only functions well when it’s growing. With growth, jobs are created and debts can be serviced. Without growth, these and many other facets simply and mysteriously crumble causing economic pain and confusion. More
Omega Institute What's Carbon Got to Do With It? By Paul Hawken
An Interview With Paul Hawken
Omega: In your presentation at the 2013 Where We Go From Here Conference, you stated, “Carbon is not our nightmare. It’s the answer to our nightmare.” Can you explain your perspective on the role that carbon plays in our lives? More
Omega Institute The Triple Threat Facing Our Oceans: Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
What You Can Do About Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
Overfishing An area or species is overfished when the fish are caught more quickly than they can reproduce. According to Save Our Seas, roughly three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are currently being overfished and 80 percent are either fully exploited or are declining. A full 90 percent of large predatory fish—including tuna, cod, swordfish, sharks, and other species—are gone. More
Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level
Speak Out for Small Island States on World Environment Day
This year's World Environment Day is focused on small island nations who are at high risk as sea levels rise. More
Omega Institute Leading the Relational Inversion: From Ego to Eco by Otto Scharmer
From Ego to Eco
One of the biggest challenges we face in moving toward an ecosystem economy is to act collectively in ways that are intentional, effective, and cocreative. Over the past several years, I (Otto) have watched executives participate in a climate change simulation game at MIT, designed and led by MIT Professor John Sterman. He splits the group into small teams, with each team representing a key country group in the ongoing United Nations-sponsored negotiations over carbon emissions. The negotiators’ agreements are fed into a simulation model using actual climate data. More
Omega Institute Gardening in Plain Sight by Eric Toensmeier
An Interview With Eric Toensmeier
Omega: Permaculture has so many interleaving aspects to it. How do you define it to someone who is totally new to the subject? More

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