Gender Awareness with Will Keepin, Ph.D. and Rev. Cynthia Brix, Co-Directors of Gender Reconciliation International
Performance by "Slam Poet Harvester" TIM MERRY: Holding Up a Mirror to the Moment. This gifted spoken-word improviser revives the ancient art of sacred bards and jesters as he generates instant poetic commentary on and analysis of what he sees and hears, on the spot, helping us live more consciously in the moment.
As a boy in Australia, Jay Harman noticed that nature’s favorite form is the spiral. From the shape of galaxies and hurricanes to how blood flows through your veins to how water goes down a drain, this ancient sacred form – the Golden Mean – has preoccupied a lineage from indigenous peoples to Plato, Pythagoras, Descartes and Da Vinci. Harman had the genius to apply nature’s favorite form to industrial design. Through starting numerous biomimicry firms and research conducted for his acclaimed new book, The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation, he has illustrated key ways that biomimetic business differs from business as usual. He’ll share inspiring examples of companies and governments that are adopting biomimicry, including radical approaches to mitigating the harms of fracking and climate change. He will illustrate ways we can all be biomimics in our homes and businesses. Modern biomimicry does more than gratify human industrial ambition; it teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and opens breakthrough opportunities for a new business model of partnership with nature.
By: David McConville
Heeding Buckminster Fulller’s counsel to “Start with the Universe,” the visionary Board President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute explores the surprisingly practical ways that patterns and structures in the universe can inform design strategies for addressing today’s “wicked” problems. We are not alone… McConville is the Co-Founder and Director of Noospheric Research of The Elumenati (www.elumenati.com), a full-service design and engineering firm specializing in the development and deployment of immersive visualization environments and experiences inspired by Fuller's Geoscope, whose clients include NASA, NOAA, Disney, NVIDIA, JPL, Burning Man, Cirque du Soleil, and 350.org. He collaborates with numerous community initiatives to develop systems-oriented solutions to energy, environmental, and educational challenges.
By: Nalini Nadkarni
Introduction by: Nina Simons
The “Queen of the Forest Canopy” has conducted unique scientific studies of trees for three decades on four continents, revealing what the complex, diverse biology of rainforests can teach us about human connections and dynamics. She believes we can learn from arboreal example to begin to hear and heal across our differences, and in turn conserve these invaluable planetary ecosystems and their life-giving functions. Nalini Nadkarni, Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Utah, is a passionate communicator about nature and science to people in all walks of life.