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The idea that everything is connected—that we exist together in one big web of life—is not new. But recent events make this reality clear in a way it hasn’t been for centuries. Recognizing our interdependence is key to developing a clear path toward a shared future.
We need new strategies, technologies, and a continued evolution in human consciousness to address the rising problems of instability, inequality, and unsustainable growth. It’s time to remember that we can’t address any of our challenges without considering the whole.
This year’s Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference brings together those at the forefront of whole-systems thinking, including leading economists, environmentalists, philanthropists, designers, architects, and activists who share their insights for navigating the complex challenges facing humanity.
Through inspiring keynote talks, panel discussions, stories from the field, and a tour of the award-winning Omega Center for Sustainable Living, we learn how each of us has a meaningful role to play in promoting the health and wellness of all living things.
Whether you are a concerned citizen, business leader, educator, student, architect, policy maker, builder, or activist, this gathering will inform and inspire you to take action in your corner of the world.
Scholarships are available; see eOmega.org/OCSL. Teachers are subject to change.
President Bill Clinton served the United States for eight years during a time of unprecedented prosperity and change. Now, President Clinton is a powerful voice for progress as he shares his unique insights and observations with audiences around the world. President Clinton’s public speeches describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values. clintonfoundation.org
Jeremy Rifkin, founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is an authority on economic sustainability. foet.org
Janine Benyus, a biologist, consultant, and author of six books, including the classic Biomimicry, is cofounder of the Biomimicry Institute. biomimicry.net
David W. Orr is a professor, founder of the Oberlin Project, and author of Ecological Literacy. oberlinproject.org
Majora Carter, recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, is founder of Sustainable South Bronx. www.majoracartergroup.com
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, author, and entrepreneur who founded some of the first natural food companies in America to rely solely on sustainable agriculture. paulhawken.com
Bob Berkebile, an influential sustainable design architect and community planner, is a founding principal of BNIM Architects. bnim.com
Michael E. Reynolds is an architect and founder of Earthship Biotecture. earthship.com
Robert “Skip” Backus is Omega’s chief executive officer and the visionary behind the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL).
Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center.
Peter Buffett is an Emmy Award-winning musician, composer, philanthropist, and author. peterbuffett.com
Maya Azucena, an award-winning singer and activist, is cofounder of the multimedia website MDGFive.com. mayaazucena.com