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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. 6: How Does Nature Attach? We've all had our feathers ruffled at one time or another, but what exactly are birds trying to accomplish when they preen? Let Biomimicry 3.8's Co-Founder and Visionary take you into the wilds of Montana to explain the special structural properties of feathers. Ask yourself: if Velcro was inspired by burrs, what system of attaching could be inspired by the feather? More
The third in a series of AskNature Nuggets. Ep. 3: How Does Nature Optimize Resources? Featuring Biomimicry 3.8's wonderful Biologist at the Design Table (BaDT) Jamie Dwyer and the incredibly resourceful habits of the desert holly. More

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Omega Institute Rebuilding "the Commons"
"The commons" is a phrase that generally refers to an asset that anyone can access and use without being stopped by someone else. Jay Walljasper, author of All That We Share, explains that these assets belong to everyone. “Some are bestowed to us by nature. Others are the product of cooperative human creativity. Anyone can use the commons, so long as there is enough left for everyone else.” More
Omega Institute Resiliency Is Personal Sustainability
Psychology Today defines resilience as “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.” The American Psychological Association (APA) says resiliency is “an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity.” More
Omega Institute Welcome to the Sharing Economy
Chances Are, You're Already Part of It
What is the sharing economy? Beth Buczynski, author of Sharing is Good, told Omega she defines it as being about “access over ownership, and experience over possession.” It seeks to create, she says, “a way for people to access things conveniently and safely enough so they don’t have to go about the collection of personal things like we’ve done in the past.” More
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

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