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01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2015
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

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Throughout nature, we can find useful examples of solutions to systemic engineering problems. Janine Benyus explains how engineers and architects are dealing with the problem of birds flying into glass windows by studying how spiders keep birds from flying into their webs. Watch Janine Benyus at the Where We Go From Here conference via free live stream. More
The fastest way to achieve personal transformation is to change who it is we aspire to be when we grow up. Janine Benyus asks, "What if we aspire to be like nature when we grow up?" That, she explains, is what biomimicry is all about. Explore more from Janine Benyus More
During Omega’s six-week Ecological Literacy Immersion (ELIP) program, Barton Kirk and Pete A. Muñoz led a permaculture project to build a rain garden—and built community along the way. Although it took 30 people a day and a half to build this particular rain garden at Omega, Kirk and Muñoz say that creating a rain garden is something anyone can do. Learn more about the ELIP program         More
Omega Institute How to Create a Lasagna Garden
Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening is one of the fastest ways to start a garden and create healthy soil. See how students in the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program created a lasagna garden on Omega’s campus with Tama Jackson from AppleSeed Permaculture.   More
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

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Omega Institute Seed Freedom for Food Security
During the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's 2014 Where We Go From Here conference, internationally renowned seed activist Vandana Shiva met a group of Hudson Valley farmers, gardeners, and seed activists working to establish seed sovereignty in the region.  More
Omega Institute Protecting the Earth By Giving It Legal Rights
A Tale of Two Oil Spills The Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico started on April 22, 2010. By the time oil stopped flowing, nearly five months later, an area the size of Oklahoma was damaged by the oil and chemicals used to disperse it. More
Omega Institute It's Time to Rethink Our Relationship With Water
As growing drought problems across the country indicate, our relationship with water is necessarily shifting toward more serious consideration of conservation and prevention of pollution.  More
Omega Institute Omega Participant Hopes to Go to Mars
Omega: You have training in yoga and meditation and you studied permaculture through the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP). How do you think these skills will be useful in space? Cumming: As far as I’m concerned, meditation skills are going to be a requirement. You’re going to have to be able to rely on your own ability to find calm, to find peace, to find contentment in trying circumstances, both during the long journey and once we get there. More
Omega Institute Wildcrafting as a Way of Life: An Interview With Herbalist Dina Falconi
An Interview With Herbalist Dina Falconi
Omega: Why would someone want to start making their own self-care products? Dina: First of all, it’s really fun. You don’t have to want to do it for any reason other than it’s really fun. Then, there are the deeper issues, which have to deal with self-care in a real way. It’s questioning what our body needs and then looking for simple solutions. This also opens up a world for people who have chemical sensitivity issues. They can custom blend what their body needs and not get headaches or reactivity. More
Planting Seeds of Well-Being
The days have been getting longer, more light hinting of spring's approach until it’s 7:00 p.m. and still light out. The nose detects spring, often before the eyes. Even with snow still on the ground it’s possible to smell the shift happening. The scent is watery, plantish, earthy. Some days you can even feel spring in the depths of your being, a subtle nostalgia or déjà vu. We’ve been here before, in this time between seasons.  More
Omega Institute Find Greater Health in Unexpected Ways
A beautiful sunrise that suffuses you with peace. A painting that inspires you and moves you to create your own art. The clear night sky whose expanse of stars makes you feel insignificant and significant at the same time. While it may be difficult to put these experiences into words, there are times when you feel a connection happening inside. It’s as if seemingly separate parts of yourself come together, or everything between you and the rest of the world dissolves, and suddenly you feel acutely alive. More
Omega Institute Water Is the Heart of Sustainable Development
Water flows through everything we do as humans. Our lives and livelihoods depend on it, all of us, even if it’s not often enough in the front of our minds. Which is where World Water Day comes in.  Water Is Key to Sustainable Development More

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