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.
We’re in baffling times. Most of us care deeply – really deeply – about justice for all. We’re profoundly compelled by the urgency to stop the systematic oppression of Black lives. Plenty of information floods social and public media advising white people how to be...
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. -Dr. Maya Angelou Here is what I know: hatred is heavier than love. -Sarah Bellamy Yesterday evening, we met with a group of people in a webinar about what the natural world has to show...
Culture is not what your hands touch, it’s what moves your hands. Tyson Yunkaporta We’re in a time of radical uncertainty. Probably, you don’t like it much. And, by now, you may be sick & tired of how reflexively you turn to your screens and click. For...
An Atlantic Monthly article published this week bears the title: Quarantine Fatigue is Real. Got that right. Here in the middle of this enormous pivot known as COVID-19 we may be a bit less exhausted than we were in our hyper-busy lives before lockdown. On the other...
Community - in the fullest sense: a place and all its creatures - is the smallest unit of health. - Wendell Berry Here, in the middle of the making-it-up-as-we-go-along, there are as many versions of improvisation as there are people. Nonetheless, something...
Right now, we’re in Passover. Today is Easter Sunday. And Hajj, which should have just come to a close, has been delayed to late July. Here, sheltered in place, staying away from community, wary about illness and livelihood, uncertainty is as close as skin. But isn’t...
FIRST: Thanks to all of you for taking care - of yourselves and of each other. Thanks for going on walks at a safe distance from anyone else who's walking. Thanks for staying home, mostly, and for being careful and thoughtful when it's time for a trip to the store....
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...
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