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Program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains biomimicry through the biology-to-design example of the invention of Velcro. Learn more about Dana Levy More
Bob Berkebile: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/b862c1facef2472dc46b4924f0fae2df/ Laura Lesniewski: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/b3dff7dcee0752854faab155f32faa34/ More
What can we learn from nature's genius? Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how this emerging discipline can inform the future of design. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More
omega institute skip backus OCSL introduction video
At the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, you can observe the Eco Machine™ treating wastewater without chemicals and get a close-up look at the solar and geothermal systems that provide energy, heating, and cooling for the building. In this video introduction to the OCSL building, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus and Eco Machine™ designer John Todd talk about the motivations for constructing this facility, as well as the importance of water as a tool for teaching about interconnectedness.  More
http://www.eomega.org/ocsl Maude Victoria Barlow (born May 24, 1947) is a Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a progressive citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. She serves on the board of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization, is chair of the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. More
http://www.eomega.org/ocsl Maude Victoria Barlow (born May 24, 1947) is a Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a progressive citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. She serves on the board of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization, is chair of the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. More
Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how a sense of curiosity about the way nature works will help you thrive as a designer. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, including women from the Arctic Circle; North, South, and Central America; Africa; and Asia, represents a global alliance of prayer, education, and healing. They are women of prayer and women of action who regularly travel the globe to bear witness to the wounds of people and of the earth. More
Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960, under the mentorship of anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Her work at what was then called the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. More
From developing strong, reliable materials to gathering light and communicating over great distances, Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains what can be learned when you look to nature for solutions. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/dayna-baumeister More

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Omega Institute Nature Is a Delightful & Collaborative Problem Solver by Janine Benyus
An Interview With Janine Benyus
Omega:  In your talk, you said, “We’ve built our economy around a metaphor that has more to do with the Cold War than with life.” Can you explain what you meant? Janine: When ecology as a science started a century ago there were two gentleman, Fredric Clements and Henry Gleason. They presented opposing viewpoints. Frederic Clements said that ecosystems are communities. They organize themselves and are actually giving each other mutual aid. They actually create conditions that are more and more conducive to their living together.  More
Omega Institute Stop Hunting for the Next Sound
A Nature Meditation
“The truth can be found right here. The Great Spirit is within and that’s the truth.” Bob Berkebile shared this wisdom at the 2013 Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference: Where We Go From Here. The teaching comes from one of his most influential teachers, Iroquois Chief Leon Shenandoah, who National Geographic referred to as the “chief of chiefs.” More
Omega Institute Future Pesticides Won't Be Pesticides At All by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said the pesticides of the future will not be chemical pesticides, but "helping the helpers." What does that mean? More
Omega Institute Nature Will Always Be More Delightful Than You Can Imagine by Janine Benyus
Omega: You described an experiment in which you ask people go into the woods, sit, observe, and let nature come to them. It seems the same exercise could have been designed by a meditation teacher. "Do you have a meditation practice?"  More
Omega Institute Is Gluten Sensitivity Fact or Fiction?
Nick Oddo grew up in a big Italian family eating a lot of bread and pasta. He also experienced some level of depression and mood swings for most of his life. But in the late 1990s, it got worse and he felt out of control. His dad, who was a baker in Italy, took his own life at 54 and his father before him at 35. He wanted to break the cycle.  More
Omega Institute Nature Doesn't Compete, It Cooperates by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said, “We’ve built our economy around a metaphor that has more to do with the Cold War than with life.” Can you explain what you meant? Janine: The central questions that we try to answer in ecology is, "How do ecosystems assemble? What is the important influencing factor when you look out at a forest, why does it look the way it does? Why are those species together? Why are those individuals spaced the way they are? In other words, how does that society put itself together?" More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Sustainable Diet
What’s Best for You and the Planet?
For some the answer is clear: Eat less meat and more vegetables. Eat organic and locally sourced whole foods whenever possible. And if you can grow your own food, even better. But questions remain. Should we be exclusively vegetarian or can we eat some pasture-raised meats? Should we buy local or organic? More

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