(Postponed, date TBD) This exciting and unique workshop will inspire sustainability, business and education professionals (and members of the public who informally participate in these areas) with new perspectives and skills for achieving their goals.
Martin Ogle, former Arlingtonian and Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (1985-2012). Ogle, brings a new paradigm – “Geo sapiens” (or “Earth-wise Human”) – that integrates our understanding of human systems (including the human mind) with Earth’s living systems. Seeing human creativity as part of Earth’s biology inspires and guides us to better aim that creativity at our most pressing challenges. Ogle draws upon Earth systems science, stories and mythology.
Larry Robertson, Arlington author of A Deliberate Pause will discuss fresh concepts of entrepreneurship and challenge us to take a fresh approach to envisioning business and careers that are compatible with human nature and Nature as a whole.
The workshop will include:
An introduction to the science of Gaia Theory, its history and evolution and the interdisciplinary “lens” it provides.
Exploration of the “Gaia Paradigm” – the confluence of scientific understandings of Earth as a single living system with cultural understandings (ancient and new) of human society as a seamless continuum of that system.
Bridges between traditional environmental education and business and entrepreneurship.
Exploring the evolution of thought provided by author Richard Louv. Author of the best-selling book on the importance of getting children outdoors, Louv’s latest book, “The Nature Principle” discusses the importance of envisioning all human activities – especially careers/business – in service of a healthy human-nature relationship. He also discusses the need for a “21st Century Story that reunites humans and nature.
Re-framing entrepreneurship as “innate human creativity” as promoted in Arlingtonian, Larry Robertson’s book “a deliberate PAUSE: Entrepreneurship and its moment in human progress”.
Short lectures, hands-on activities and small group discussions.
Brief outdoor time to explore the urban landscape through the lens of “Geo sapiens.”