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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
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
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
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 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
Omega Institute Can Photography Save Our Planet?
Cristina Mittermeier, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers, explained in an interview with Mother Nature Network how the field came into being. “When I was starting my career as a nature and cultural photographer I was surprised by how little interest most nature photographers had in conservation and More
Omega Institute Nature Nurtures Spirituality & Environmentalism in Kids
You’ve probably heard that kids today spend far less time outdoors than they did two decades ago—it's probably true for you, too. According to studies, American kids spend half as much time outside today as they did in the 1990s, and more than a quarter of British children spend less than 30 minutes a week (that's less than 5 minutes a day) outdoors. More
Omega Institute The Resurgence of Local Currency
A Grassroots Way to Create Lasting System Change
It’s well-established that spending money at locally-owned businesses keeps money circulating in the community to a greater degree than money spent at national chain stores or online outlets. More
Omega Institute In Service of Sustainability: Developing a Practice of Caring for Others & the Earth
Developing a Practice of Caring for Others & the Earth
It seems that all religions include teachings on how to be of service to the world and how to care for each other. For Hindus, karma yoga is the yoga of action and selfless service. Christians are encouraged to love one another and bear each others' burdens (Galatians 6:2). Muslims have the concept of īthār, or "preferring others to oneself." The Torah instructs Jews to love their neighbors (Leviticus 19:18). The Dalai Lama, a voice for the global Buddhist community, says, "My religion in kindness." What does this have to do with sustainability? Everything. More
Omega Institute Oysters Return to New York Harbor
New York City was once the oyster capital of the world. With more than 350 square miles of oyster beds in New York Harbor, it's estimated that at one point New York contained half of the world's oysters. Just about 100 years ago, the last of this abundant resource was deemed too polluted to eat and the oyster slipped out of our diet and into history books. More

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