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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
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. 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
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

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Omega Institute Wild Fall Pesto by Suzanne Boothby
Pesto is quick to make and versatile in the kitchen. It can be tossed with pasta, used as a base for dipping vegetables, or added to omelets for extra color and zing. You can make pesto with the last of the herbs in the garden and freeze it for enjoyment throughout the colder months. More
Omega Institute Caring for Our Soil Is Caring for Our Climate
According to researchers at Ohio State University’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, global agricultural methods have depleted soils of 50 to 70 percent of their carbon. Without carbon, soil loses its life—and it's much more difficult to grown nutrient-rich food in lifeless soil. More
Omega Institute Drawing Closer to Nature
Botanical Illustration Brings a Long Tradition to a New Movement
It seems like nearly everything today is digital. For many people, listening to music, watching movies and television, or reading the news takes place solely on digital devices, and often all on the same device. Creating art—photography especially—is often done digitally and shared solely online. Set against the backdrop of this pixelated world is a revived interest in creating things by hand. Botanical illustration is a great case in point. More
Omega Institute Preserving Food Saves Farms & Flavor: An Interview With Marisa McClellan
An Interview With Marisa McClellan
Omega: How did you get started preserving food at home? Marisa: I grew up doing it with my mom. We lived in Portland, Oregon, and had apple trees and blackberry bushes in and around our yard and in the neighborhood. We’d go picking and do a little canning—not tons and tons, but I knew how to do it. When I was in my mid-20s I went blueberry picking one day, and came home with 13 pounds of blueberries. That was the instigator. I canned some jam and I loved it. I wanted to do more, and it just went from there.  More
Omega Institute Looking for Silence
"There's a great space in which this moment takes place. There's a great silence that is listening to the thoughts," says Adyashanti, a spiritual teacher who leads silent retreats at Omega and elsewhere.  “In the end it’s all very simple. Either we give ourselves to silence or we don’t,” he says. But how can we find silence in the cacophony of our modern world? Cities have always been loud, but noise has now crept into the suburbs, and even the wild, and is nearly impossible to escape.  More
Omega Institute Avoid Burnout: Grow Your Own Food
Anyone who has been closely involved in social or environmental justice work for a while is likely to have experienced moments of complete overwhelm, even sometimes to the point of hopelessness. It’s very easy to feel like all of your best efforts aren’t amounting to much of anything. It’s during those times that staying grounded is so important.  More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Steady State Economy
Today we live in an era of information, statistics, metrics, and measures. In nearly all aspects of life things are quantified by data—sometimes, it seems, to the point that the metric becomes confused with the thing being measured. The Dominance of the GDP  In economics this preoccupation with data manifests itself in the close scrutiny of the Gross Domestic Product. Is the GDP growing? Is it growing fast enough? What can we do to increase its growth? More
Omega Institute Let’s Bring More Women Into Permaculture’s Leadership: An Interview With Lisa DePiano
An Interview With Lisa DePiano
Omega: How do you see the place of women within the permaculture movement today? More
Omega Institute Sharing Memories of Place: Creating a New Family Tradition
Creating a New Family Tradition
Land has memory. Just walking along a road you can often see the remaining marks of past land use. Here in the Northeast you can see the patterns of agriculture in stone walls, once boundaries of fields and property, now running through woodlands—an impression of past economy and past society. Recalling with a critical and cataloging eye the landscapes of our youth, as well as the current landscapes we live in, can be a useful tool to assess the natural world and to help ground us in it. More

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