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Seven Ways to Make Nature as Easy to Connect to at Work as the Internet

Seven Ways to Make Nature as Easy to Connect to at Work as the Internet | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
We can access any type of technology in the workplace in an instant. Online we can hit social media sites, check email and post pictures with ease. Why don't we make it just as easy to incorporate ...
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I love the "One Square Inch" website. Check it out!

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What Google knows about greener offices

What Google knows about greener offices | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
"The driver has been studies that help validate what a lot of designers feel intuitively."
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"The driver has been studies that help validate what a lot of designers feel intuitively." Well thank god for research!


As a culture, we need science to validate our feelings...too bad we no longer trust our inherent intuition, as indigenous cultures once did. 

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Global Study Connects Employee Productivity and Well Being to Office Design | Interior Design

Global Study Connects Employee Productivity and Well Being to Office Design | Interior Design | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Globally, nearly half (47%) of office employees have no natural light in their working environment. In Canada 3
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Happy May Day, which used to be green instead of red

Happy May Day, which used to be green instead of red | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
How a day originally celebrating fertility and life became International Workers Day and something else in America.
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Happy #MayDay! I went to 13 years of Catholic school, and I do recall actually celebrating May Day once, at school, with the Maypole ritual. I remember it so well! It was so much fun! Singing songs, we had two groups going in opposite circles around the Maypole. With ribbons in hand, interweaving our ribbons around the pole.

 

But, alas, one of the priests must have poo-pooed it and we never did it again. 

 

The, as an adult, I was invited to a Beltane celebration and got to do it again, with my children! Magical!

 

Please take a few minutes to notice all of the gorgeous, bountiful flowers, the variety and vividness of color and life!

 

And check out this cool, historical account of May Day celebrations. Thanks #Treehugger!

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Science explains your environmental leanings

Science explains your environmental leanings | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Psychologists wanted to know why some people are more likely than others to be proactive. Here’s what they found.
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Now, how do we teach compassion?

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Let the kids play: Nature can take it

Let the kids play: Nature can take it | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Kids can be hard on a forest if left to run wild and free, but that's the best way to teach them to love nature. And kids' games will never be as destructive as what adults continue to do to the planet.
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Fabulous! Yes!!

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Community Gardens

Community Gardens | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Information, education, and inspiration about healing gardens, therapeutic landscapes, and other landscapes for health.
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My husband worked at Rikers for 20 years. There are better ways, actually ways that provide a win-win. These types of programs should become more prevalent.

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PechaKucha 20x20 - Heaven is a Garden

PechaKucha 20x20 - Heaven is a Garden | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Jan Johnsen tells us all about her love for beautiful gardens. She states that being in nature enhances our well-being, and encourages everyone to transform their yards into places of serenity. Jan emphasises the importance of finding one’s niche within these delightful, natural spaces. 
"Presentation of the Day" on November 8, 2014.
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Wonderful presentation by my friend and colleague, Jan Johnsen, on creating serene outdoor spaces. We collaborated on a presentation this past June and were inspired by each other's contributions and how her advice mimics feng shui principles. I am delighted that this presentation is available now - simple and brief, yet profound. Enjoy and share!

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Staying in the LEED

Staying in the LEED | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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I toured Kroon Hall - love the great big expansive of windows throughout that bring in tons of natural light the the barn-shaped structure. 

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BiophilicCities | Blog

BiophilicCities | Blog | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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Even in the suburbs it requires awareness, practice and patience to benefit from the natural sound scape. Right now, hearing the wind stir the branches brings calmness and presence to this moment.

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Connecting to Nature: Hot New Design Trend for 2015 | PRLog

Connecting to Nature: Hot New Design Trend for 2015. Connecting to Nature, Hot New Design Trend for 2015, is Also the Theme for New Re-Nature Feng Shui Training Program - PR12412757
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Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books

Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath invites BD readers to share examples of using nature in interiors
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KieranTimberlake designs "a model of 21st-century office space"

KieranTimberlake designs "a model of 21st-century office space" | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
All you complainers about open offices, welcome to the future.
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This is one of the most awful office spaces I've seen...I understand the flexibility and great natural light, but that is about all that's good with this space.

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The Biophilic Approach: Design Tactics and Stats to Help Sell Your Space

The Biophilic Approach: Design Tactics and Stats to Help Sell Your Space | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Professor Sir Cary Cooper, said: “As well as enabling organisations to make links between their physical spaces and the performance of their people, this study throws light on one of the defining challenges of modern life – our ability to cope with urbanisation and loss of connection with green spaces.”
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It amazes me that people still don't believe that #Nature in our spaces can make such a difference in our lives!


In a nutshell: Professor Sir Cary Cooper, said: “As well as enabling organisations to make links between their physical spaces and the performance of their people, this study throws light on one of the defining challenges of modern life – our ability to cope with urbanisation and loss of connection with green spaces.”

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Find your way back to nature

Find your way back to nature | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
From barefoot running to natural navigation via foraging and urban woodlands, Jini Reddy tells you how
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An exclusive tour inside Google’s biophilic work environment | Human Spaces

An exclusive tour inside Google’s biophilic work environment | Human Spaces | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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Bravo, Google. If all #workspaces could be like this...

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Nature-Based Design: The New Green – Research Summaries – Herman Miller

About the opportunity to achieve
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THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future : The New Nature Movement

THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future : The New Nature Movement | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as Prozac without side effects and chemical dependency. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier in this article.
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More and  more research points to what our ancestors knew intuitively. We need the earth. Our emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies crave that connection. Without it, we are lost. I love the research that has been done with prison populations. Here is a summary: http://www.healinglandscapes.org/gardens/prisons.html

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Why Is It Taking So Long For Psychology To Go Green?

Why Is It Taking So Long For Psychology To Go Green? | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
I'm re-reading Ralph Metzner's 1999 ecopsychology classic Green Psychology and am amazed how little has changed in the field of psychology since it was written....
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A significant change needs to be made in today's psychology...

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“The Future Will Belong To the Nature-Smart...The More High-Tech We Become, the More Nature We Need.” – Richard Louv

“The Future Will Belong To the Nature-Smart...The More High-Tech We Become, the More Nature We Need.”  – Richard Louv | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
“The future will belong to the nature-smart...The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” – Richard Louv We email, text, tweet, and then buy on Amazon.  The Tribune Media Group recently...
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Love this quote from Richard Louv...

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Why designing 'tree views' into your hospital is so important

Why designing 'tree views' into your hospital is so important | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath digs through the research to demonstrate how biophilic design can improve lives and save money for healthcare clients
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Soft lighting and music cuts calorie intake 18 percent | Cornell Chronicle

Soft lighting and music cuts calorie intake 18 percent | Cornell Chronicle | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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FAST FOOD ZEN
Very interesting research shows that softening the lighting and music in fast food restaurants does not change buying patterns, however, diners eat LESS of what they purchased (18% less in fact) and rate their food tasting better. What a huge finding! Make the environment more cozy and enjoyable, and people slow down their eating, have higher satisfaction...and eat less! What a concept.

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New International Dark Sky Park opens in Michigan; Only nine others in the world

New International Dark Sky Park opens in Michigan; Only nine others in the world | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Michigan's nightlife is looking up. The state's first International Dark Sky Park has been created. It's now one of only six in the U.S. and 10 in the world. Think about that. In lots of (too many?) places on Earth, you don't see
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I was first aware of the issue of artificial light in the skies when I saw a map of the US at night and saw how we were so lit up! Interesting that I saw this map when I was at a meeting in Michigan at the headquarters of my employer. That was in the 1980's...

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