The tools and insights of Full Ecology aren’t only for those who have the wilderness at their fingertips. The 8 INSTRUCTIONS can be looked to, and the 4 BEHAVIORS practiced in cities, offices, suburbs, and homes: anywhere there is intention and desire to reconnect with the natural world. Please enjoy exploring our work.
What We are Reading
Implicit Bias Assessment.
This is a Harvard-based project that has been underway for decades, now. It does what its title suggests – gives you a measured description of the extent to which you think in biased ways that you may not recognize. It’s a public resource.
Implicit Bias Assessment
Eric Hehman, Ph.D. Seeing Human Laboratory
How individual behavior is affected by generally held
community values, beliefs and biases (i.e. social ecology).
NYT links between racism and the environment.
RESOURCES from recent weeks.
A national nonprofit leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. – https://outdoorafro.com/
Mary Annaise Heglar – journalist, thought leader.
Huffington Post article.
Sarah Bellamy – stage director, scholar
Paris Review article. Performing Whiteness
Resmaa Menakem – healer, author, trauma specialist.
Mr. Menakem offers powerful insights into the somatization of racism. The way racism is carried in bodies. Check his website. Here’s a place to start – a list of great anti-racist resources:
The Power of Friendship, in both humans and other social animals; the New York Times takes a look at the latest book by neurobiologist Lydia Denworth
The urgent need to change our relationships with wildlife.
Healing Trauma through our connections with animals. A first look at an important new book.
A good look at the positive role of collaboration, from a biological point view.
The rise of mammals.
A fascinating look into how we got here.
A Radio Lab podcast on the research into the mychorzial networks linking trees.
Ecological resilience depends on biodiversity.
An ecology’s biodiversity is the best predictor of its health and recovery from disruption. Now there are decades of science demonstating this relationship.
Eight Master Lessons of Nature. By G. Ferguson.
You may recognize this, but we’re listing again here because of the essential guidance the natural world provides. Always.
Although our Keynotes & Workshops are carefully tailored for the needs of each specific organization, their heart is always geared towards combating the damage done by our separation from nature. Their end goal is always tangible, sustainable change, whether personally, relationally, or organizationally. The EIGHT INSTRUCTIONS—the core principles of Full Ecology—serve as the connective thread interlacing all our workshops, presentations and keynotes. Below are several examples of past keynotes the illustrate the dynamic range of topics and struggles our work addresses.
3/15/2020 – Tucson, AZ Imagine a roundabout. You know, those increasingly prolific traffic management schemes that involve driving counterclockwise in a circle to proceed in any direction. Over this past week, thanks to Orion Magazine and the Omega Institute, we were...
We’re getting ready to head into the deep wilderness of southeastern Arizona – a week at the American Museum of Natural History reasarch station. A week of teaching with "Orion in the Wilderness" – Orion Magazine, that is. Gary is on for working with a group of...
3/6/2020 – Las Cruces, NM On we go, listening and learning from the people. All along the way, no matter what, the land never stops teaching. Deep roots are recommended. Water. Breathing room. We took a short break from the road yesterday just as we came into another...
2/19/2020 – Las Vegas, NM We loved finding the Travelers Café on the square of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The manager, for example. We didn’t get her name, but we did watch the precision of interaction among everyone on duty while we were there. Flawless. The manager said...
We're safe in a coffee shop in Pueblo. Made it onto the highway after the snow and ice in Colorado Springs last night. Only rain falling now. True to form, it's all improv on this trip. A lot like nature. Along the way, we're listening. Here's some of what we've...
We're on our way! Packing up Pearl the van and heading out to listen to what you have to say about climate and community. We'll start in Sheridan, Wyoming and then head to the Denver area. From there we'll make our way to Texas with stops in Dallas, Denton, Austin,...
By now – two weeks and counting into the new year, we’re already finding ourselves at the, Can I really follow through on what I resolved? part of the program. The turning of a year can’t help but bring up possibilities for revision, for improvement. Those ideas often...
Today marks the winter solstice. From this time of deep darkness our attention is naturally drawn to the glittering guidance of whatever scattered light there is. All the while beneath ground, teeming activity is underway to fortify and prepare root systems of giant...
Maybe you’re gathering with family this weekend. Maybe with friends. And maybe you’re spending the time alone. Whatever the case, there’s little denying the tensions surrounding Thanksgiving in 2019. In these days of public discord, usual glitches in the ways we are...
NOTE: Gary's book The Eight Master Lessons of Nature is out as of October 22 - in the US with Dutton, and in Dutch translation with Ten Have. We just returned from the Netherlands for a rich round of interviews and for team Full Ecology to take the stage again - this...
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