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Is money an ecosystem?

Author: Richard Date: 16.07.2013

This is not really an article about the ecosystem of money, rather about how ecosystems have been used to justify practices that are far from ecological...the ecosystem myth. The ecosystem myth started with Arthur Tansley, an ecologist who after a rather strange dream was analysed by Freud. Consequently, Tansley adopted Freud’s idea that the human brain is like a network of around which energy flows and applied it to nature. Tansley thought that despite the complexity ...   Read more

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Can a circular economy make us happy?

Author: Richard Date: 25.07.2013

I have been engaging with the ideas and practice of the circular economy for several years and whilst I am inspired by much of the thinking and principles of the circular economy I still come up against a larger concern, can a Circular Economy make us happy? OK, this needs some explanation. What makes a good life? If you were to ask this question to most people I doubt they’d respond by asking for a biodegradable phone. Most reflections on ...   Read more

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Loopy feedback

Author: Richard Date: 01.07.2013

I used to deliver teacher training in a country which will remain nameless. I was training teachers to develop plans for their environment centre...during the training I would dramatically reveal a new word - monitoring. Yes I know, not such a new word but you'd be surprised how many people forget. I'd give the example of driving a car...you regularly check in your rear view mirror and stare at the road ahead scanning for problems and guiding your car on the correct side of the roa...   Read more

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Multiple benefits

Author: Richard Date: 10.07.2013

What is the purpose of a tree? Perhaps most of us have never even asked the question, but it is a good one to ponder. Take a walk outside and spend some time just watching a tree...what happens? You may get a sense of oneness with nature, that you and the tree are not so different. After all we all come from the flow of nature and we all return into it. If you are an ecologist perhaps you'll say the purpose if to reproduce the next generation. After all each year the tr...   Read more

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Less or better?

Author: Richard Date: 11.07.2013

A traditional environmental message says we must recycle more and consume less. Ever heard Nike or Puma say the same? Wonder why this type of message does not engage the majority of people? Sure, for some people they get it and a simpler life as a better life. But recycling and consuming less is just an example of being less bad rather than being good. And anyway, how much less do we need to consume to be sustainable? So perhaps we need to pay more attention to what go...   Read more

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Undervaluing sustainability

Author: Richard Date: 01.07.2013

When we deliver an education programme we have the best intentions. We want learners to reflect on their actions and how they can become more sustainable. Part of this process is to think about our values and how they support or undermine sustainability. Whether this process is explicit or implicit it is a fundamental part of the learning. So...we think hard about the values we want to promote - care for nature, respect for others, social justice. But, are we promoting o...   Read more

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Forest shoes

Author: Richard Date: 25.07.2013

Need some new shoes? How about a walk in the woods to buy some....mad? Surely we need to visit the high street. Not if you are a designer thinking about the shoes of the future. You see, in the woods there is no waste and in the future there will be no waste too. Sure it is bad to have waste, but no waste also means less costs and fewer problems with those pesky pollution regulations. In the forest the 'waste' leaves from trees becomes food for bacteria, worms and ...   Read more

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How to apply lessons from nature? Spanish-team Module 3

Author: Tano Gutiérrez Cánovas Date: 12.11.2013

This module aims introducing students to teamwork and cooperation. We will use activities where students will have to solve problems using individual or collective solutions, and then evaluating the consequences of each kind of behaviour. At the next step, students will study how organisms interact and organise in nature to solve problems. Later, teacher may use role-playing and guided application of the insights resulting from the previous steps to challenge students to apply them to so...   Read more

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What can we learn from addiction?

Author: Richard Date: 04.07.2013

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The Blue Economy in Sofia

Author: Kamen Chipev Date: 14.07.2013

Prof. Gunter Pauli presented his book "The Blue Economy: 10 years, 100 innovations, 10 million jobs" in Sofia. On May 21st, 2013, Sofia was the venue of an exciting and inspiring presentation by prof. Gunter Pauli. He presented his Blue Economy philosophy in front of over 100 people from all walks of life and set the challenge for Bulgarian entrepreneurs to take their innovation to the next level. Enjoy the video: ...   Read more

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Lessons from nature spot

Author: Tano Gutiérrez Cánovas Date: 21.11.2013

Dear friends, Here we present the spot to disseminate Lessons from Nature project, developed by the Spanish team. We hope you enjoy it. Language: Spanish Subs: English ...   Read more

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LFN Romanian video

Author: Zoltan Date: 30.11.-0001

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Summer Academy 2013

Author: Kamen Chipev Date: 31.07.2013

This year Kamen and Stoyan took part in some nice Lessons from Nature courses with students, during TIME Foundation's Summer academies "Education for the Future", held twice in july. Students were excited to be exposed to some new stuff,such as blue economy, biomimicry, circular economy and cradle to gradle. ...   Read more

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