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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.

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.

04/15/2015 to 12/31/2015

Whether it’s addressing the World Trade Organization to challenge globalization, riding horses along the Enbridge Pipeline route to battle big oil, or setting new demonstration records to demand action on climate change, women leaders Vandana Shiv

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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
The second in a series of AskNature Nuggets. Ep. 2: How Does Nature Convert Energy? Featuring Biomimicry 3.8's co-founder and visionary, Janine Benyus and the amazing talents of the pistol shrimp. More
Watch the first in a series of AskNature Nuggets. Ep. 1: Cooling techniques courtesy of the kangaroo. Featuring Biomimicry 3.8's wonderful Biologist at the Design Table (BaDT), Sherry Ritter. More
Ep. 5: How Does Nature Maintain Flow Against Gravity? How do giraffes to pump blood the entire distance of their bodies? Why don't they faint when they stand up? For this special AskNature Nugget, we sent Biomimicry 3.8's Chief Marketing Officer Colin Mangham into the wild to explain how giraffes maintain consistent blood flow under pressure. 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
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
One of the world’s leading authorities on shamanism, John Perkins describes the powerfully, transformational experience that happened to him in the wake of 9/11 and the reason why he decided to expose what was really happening inside America's economic empire by writing his best-selling book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Explore more from John Perkins     More

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Omega Center for Sustainable Living Where We Go From Here 2014 resource guide
Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons
Robert "Skip" Backus, Omega CEO and Founder of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Laura Weiland, Assistant Director, Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Bios: Robert “Skip” BackusLaura Weiland More
Omega Institute 4 Ways to Deepen Your Connection With Nature
Deepening your connection to nature doesn't mean you need to find a remote patch of wilderness and spend weeks living off the land while sleeping in a lean-to. It doesn't mean that you need to devote so much of your free time to being outside that it becomes a part-time job. More than anything, deepening your connection to nature requires cultivating awareness and attention. Here are four practices you can do anywhere, even if the most natural place you have access to is a city park. 1. Pay Attention to Place More
Omega Institute Nature Meditation 101
What: During nature meditation, you focus on one or more of the following: the sights, sounds, smells, or even the taste or feel of nature. Although nature meditation is typically performed outdoors, there are also nature-themed guided visualizations you can do indoors. Types: There are a number of ways to meditate with nature, including a sunset meditation, labyrinth meditation, or tree meditation. You can also practice walking meditation and standing meditation outside, or while concentrating on a nature-based theme inside. More
Omega Institute Forest Bathing
The Healing Potential of a Walk in the Woods
Spending time outside is instinctive and intuitive. After all, we evolved in tandem with the natural world, though most of us—especially Americans—don't spend much time there anymore. But as anyone who heads out for a walk or travels into the countryside for a weekend knows, being outdoors makes us feel good. More
Omega Institute Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr
An Interview with David W. Orr
Omega: You have been instrumental in The Oberlin Project, which envisions a form of "full-spectrum sustainability" in the city of Oberlin, Ohio, where you are distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College. More
Omega Institute Measuring Our Success as a Society
Moving Beyond the GDP
The saying "what gets measured, gets managed" is the business equivalent of the idea that our thoughts shape our reality. We can also apply the concept to society: how we measure our success (what we pay attention to) indicates what we value, and that in turn shapes our culture and civilization. What are we currently paying attention to? How are we measuring our success? And do we want to measure (pay attention to) something else if we want to create a more inclusive, equitable, just, and ecologically sustainable society? More
Omega Institute Connect With Nature to Connect With Yourself
3 Easy Outdoor Meditations
On many levels we are meant to be in touch with earth and the Earth. Doing so is good for us mentally, physically, and spiritually. More

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