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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 What Is the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement?
The fossil fuel divestment movement is a grassroots effort to stop climate change by influencing how institutions and governments invest their money. Since it started several years ago, the movement has gained momentum. More
Omega Institute Save Your Seeds
For most gardeners, the season begins in late winter when seed catalogs arrive in the mail featuring backyard crops like ornamental kale, watermelon radish, and heirloom tomatoes. Growing plants from seed allows you to start your garden early by germinating seeds inside and offers a larger selection of herbs and vegetables to choose from. More
Omega Institute Less Stuff & More Living
Millennials Lead a Values Shift From Consumption to Connection
Younger generations often indicate where we're headed as a society, and if that's true for millennials, recent evidence suggests we're on course for a happier future, one with less stuff and more connection to each other. More
Omega Institute Saving Seeds, Preserving the Commons
Throughout most of history, when a farmer bought seeds, they had the right to reproduce, save, and then sell them. They did not have to purchase seeds every year from a seed company.  More
Omega Institute Living Within the Landscape by Andrew Faust
An Interview With Andrew Faust
Omega: What do you mean by the phrase "ecological consciousness"? Andrew: Ecological consciousness is the connection between human beings and the larger earth entity. We have a unique capacity in the human species to tune into the consciousness of the earth, to know in a sense what the earth itself wants. Ecological consciousness is also the awareness of who we are, both as individuals and collectively, as an organism. I call it tuning in deeply to our biological heritage.  More
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

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