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Multiple Perspectives on Nature, Landscape, Beauty, Art, Architecture with Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
Curated by Anne Caspari
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Mill River Park and Greenway | Stamford Connecticut | OLIN « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Mill River Park and Greenway | Stamford Connecticut | OLIN « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Mill River Park and Greenway | Stamford Connecticut | OLIN
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isn't it so gratifying to remove obstacles to flow, self-regulation and life? I used to do this with river rehabilitation projects and am now doing it in consciousness  with transformative prcoesses. 

 

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George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world | Video on TED.com

Wolves were once native to the US' Yellowstone National Park -- until hunting wiped them out.
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Anne Caspari's comment, September 10, 2013 2:55 PM
cool to hear about all the effect ripples in Yellostone; not so sure about the last bit, maybe he is referring to the Elephant in the room...:-)
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Rethinking "Land Art" | Fair Observer°

Rethinking "Land Art" | Fair Observer° | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Artist Bianca Nandzik looks at the progression of land art from monumental works cut into the earth’s landscape towards a quieter, more ephemeral art form.
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Ecopsychology 101: James Hillman and the pain of community loss

Ecopsychology 101: James Hillman and the pain of community loss | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Ecopsychology, as propounded by James Hillman, a therapist based in northeast Connecticut, seeks to redefine the goals of psychology by paying heed to the health of one's environment just as one would the pathology of one's family. "Psychology, so dedicated to awakening human consciousness, needs to wake itself up to one of the most ancient human truths: we cannot be studied or cured apart from the planet."

 

"When a farm is subdeveloped, acres of trees go down or there's an oil spill in town, you feel it deeply and it goes on in you for so long, every time you walk past that place," said Hillman, who has successfully fought road extensions and subdevelopments in his town. "That never comes into consciousness. It is never talked about on the community level. People all know this inside their bodies. That's the horror. It hurts. When I see old healthy trees go down it hurts."

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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 25, 2014 3:36 PM

More and more relevant moment by moment in our time

 

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Janine Benyus: Nature's 100 Best | Watch Now

Janine Benyus: Nature's 100 Best | Watch Now | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
37 minutes | The brilliant naturalist, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature , and founder of the Biomimicry Institute, Janine Benyus , reminds us that our prime directive as living beings...
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Even though this talk is a couple of years old, it is still brilliant and extremely inspiring. It is about. Let it inspire you, wether you do community work, process design, architecture, engineerering or any other profession that requires creativity. Simple basic question: what would nature do? And She has some billion years of R&D more than us. Failures went down as fossils, really cool solutions to virtually any problem are abundant around us. 

http://biomimicry.net/about/biomimicry38/institute/

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Fully Integrated Thinking [FIT]

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What happens when design meets sustainability - thought leadership:

HOK's teams research new ideas, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.

 

“Every design guideline that we need to plan the future already exists … in the bottomland hardwood forest and the tall grass prairie … Go outside. Quiet your cleverness. Listen to the lessons of the natives.”

Janine Benyus, Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8

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BELLA GAIA - UNEP Live: HotSpots to HopeSpots

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and BELLA GAIA are launching a short film titled Hotspots to Hopespots - a multimedia presentation of scientific data…
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watch it, super interesting infographics 

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Bill McDonough and Waste Management Want to Kill Packaging Waste - Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

Bill McDonough and Waste Management Want to Kill Packaging Waste - Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
The Sustainable Innovation Collaborative will work to reduce waste throughout the supply chain and re-purpose any that makes it through.
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Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development | Video on TED.com

Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior.
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Technology and the Intelligence of Nature

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Charles Eisenstein shares his concerns about how pervasive the 'technology will fix it' mentality has become, and proposes an entirely different approach to healing our current ecological and social crises.
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Green Landscape Economy » Green Landscape Economy

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Un nuovo modello di sviluppo verso la Green Landscape Economy

Un nuovo approccio alla sostenibilità, nella quale il paesaggio, elemento di indubbia identità soprattutto in Italia, possa giocare un ruolo di primaria importanza.
Partendo dal presupposto che ogni nuovo progetto di trasformazione del territorio possa diventare un tassello di recupero ambientale, cercando di trarre il maggior vantaggio possibile dall’esistente, mettendo a sistema il contorno. Il paesaggio, perduta la sua connotazione ornamentale – passiva che una logica compensativa gli attribuiva, diventa un elemento centrale nelle nuove politiche di sviluppo, alla ricerca di un rinnovato rapporto con il nostro territorio.

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Seun Oyeniran's Blog: Leading From Within - Video on integral leadership for sustainable development in West Africa-Nigeria

Seun Oyeniran's Blog: Leading From Within - Video on integral leadership for sustainable development in West Africa-Nigeria | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Thirty participants explore issues like HIV/AIDS, climate change, rainforest conservation, governance, widow's rights and youth empowerment in the context of leadership development. The three-year program, involving 30 participants and a dozen facilitators from several different countries, was designed with an integral approach in terms of curriculum, pedagogy, coaching, and program design. The program resulted in seven Breakthrough Initiatives and the formation of the African Integral Development Network. The video may be of particular interest to development practitioners interested in integral theory and psycho-social models of leadership development, however it does not require prior knowledge of the integral model. Includes scenes of village life in Nigeria, including ceremonies with chiefs and traditional songs with women, and also gives the viewer a felt-sense of how the Nigerian leaders in One Sky's program are making sustainable changes throughout the South-East corner of this country. Note to educators: this would be an excellent resource for university, college or even high school students"

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great! with integral colleague Gail Hochachka: deleloping the self, developing community inside out. 

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Knowing the Land, Knowing the Self | Dr. Jeff Howlin

Knowing the Land, Knowing the Self | Dr. Jeff Howlin | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it. He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it. He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of noon and all the colors of the dawn and dusk. (N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain, p.83)

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2013 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

2013 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Each fall the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute facilitates a Biomimicry Student Design Challenge focused on a real-world problem. Aimed at college and university students, the design challenge invites students to work collaboratively in teams to apply biomimicry concepts and tools to arrive at a sustainable and innovative design solution.

The Challenge is open to any student worldwide who is enrolled in a certificate or degree program. Teams must include at least two individuals, with a maximum of six. Interdisciplinary teams are highly encouraged, and we strongly suggest working with a faculty and/or professional mentor.

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go for it. 

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Naomi Klein: Green Groups May Be More Damaging Than Climate Change Deniers

Naomi Klein: Green Groups May Be More Damaging Than Climate Change Deniers | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
By Jason Mark / Earth Island Journal. Canadian author Naomi Klein is so well known for her blade-sharp commentary that it’s easy to forget that she is, above all, a first-rate reporter. I got a gli...
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interesting disambiguations. worth reading

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New UK Government Publications on an Integral Approach to Climate Change

New UK Government Publications on an Integral Approach to Climate Change | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

The UK Government (Environmental Ministry) just published a significant report regarding societal and industrial adaptation to climate change. It was written by David Ballard (who has published in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice) and his team. This is a pretty significant application of AQAL integral theory (using quadrants, levels, and lines) and has undergone peer review process to be formally published by the UK government. We thought you'd appreciate seeing this! -


See more at: http://integrallife.com/node/257686#sthash.z24oOOFQ.dpuf

http://integral-life-home.s3.amazonaws.com/AdaptiveCapacity-CA0506-FinalReport.pdf

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DYMAX REDUX Winner | The Buckminster Fuller Institute

DYMAX REDUX Winner | The Buckminster Fuller Institute | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is happy to announce the winner of DYMAX REDUX, an open call to create a new and inspiring interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map. Dymaxion Wood Ocean World by Nicole Santucci of Woodcut Maps (San Francisco, CA) has been selected as the winner out of a pool of over 300 entrants from 42 countries. Clouds Dymaxion Map by Anne-Gaelle Amiot of France was selected as the runner up. 

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this is beautiful - a pencil drawing

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"Externalities"

Visit http://sustainableman.org to explore the world of sustainability. Visit http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ to learn more about David Suzuki and his foundation...
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Genius of Biome Report Now Available

Genius of Biome Report Now Available | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
HOK and Biomimicry 3.8 have developed the Genius of Biome report, a tool that explores how nature's solutions apply to challenges in the built environment.
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Biomimicry: Very Intelligent Design

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Biomimicry: Very Intelligent Design

Biomimicry or biomimetics refers to the direct study of nature, its organisms, ecosystems, and processes to inspire solutions to anthropogenic problems.

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Landscape Theology

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"Most of my paintings explore themes of death, landscape, and hidden imagery. My process is traditional: many layers of semi-transparent paint begin with loose and rhythmic brush strokes.
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The Courage to Change

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The Courage to Change
"It is one thing to look objectively at change or to study it at a distance, in an attempt to both understand and shape it. Yet it is another thing to look at how we ourselves approach change – i.e. do we embrace change, or do we resist it? Is it exciting, or is it frightening? While the blind spots and limitations of others are often directly visible to us, it is less commonto look at our own assumptions and beliefs, our areas of discomfort and anxiety, and our fears, including the shadows that cover emotions that we would prefer to hide. This can make one feel quite vulnerable, and most people will find good reasons, consciously or unconsciously, to avoid this at all costs.” From “The Courage to Change: Adaptation from the Inside-Out” by Karen O’Brien – coming soon in Moser and Boykoff’s new book, “Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science to Policy in a Rapidly Changing World”.http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415525008/   ;


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Performing Climate Change: DJ Spooky Talks with Bill McKibben - Creative Time Reports

Performing Climate Change: DJ Spooky Talks with Bill McKibben - Creative Time Reports | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
DJ Spooky speaks with 350.org founder Bill McKibben about the perils of climate change and the critical role art can play in confronting it.
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Sustainability And The Sacred

Sustainability And The Sacred | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it

As our world stumbles to the brink of ecological collapse -- the "tipping point" of irreversible climate change -- sustainability has become a vital issue. 

 

Which world are we trying to sustain: a resource to fulfill our desires of material prosperity, or an Earth of wonder, beauty and sacred meaning? To quote Thomas Berry:

There is now a single issue before us: survival. Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning.


If we are to sustain this world of wonder, what is essential in our response is not just action but a shift in consciousness, a shift away from seeing the Earth as something separate from ourselves, as a resource to be used and abused. Real sustainability is not the sustainability of our present lifestyle -- our image of progress and economic growth -- but the sustainability of a sacred Earth, rich in biodiversity and wonder.

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Taking on the Future: Transformation in a Changing Climate ...

Taking on the Future: Transformation in a Changing Climate ... | The Landscape Café | Scoop.it
This one-day intensive workshop will lead participants into experiencing transformative processes first hand and head-on. It focuses on the mechanisms of change, including how our individual and collective beliefs can create ...
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see: www.mindshift-integral.com; or University of Oslo: http://www.sv.uio.no/iss/english/research/news-and-events/events/conferences-and-seminars/transformations/index.html

 

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