G.R.E.E.N.: Growing Regenerative Ecosystems through Education with Nature
GREEN 2021 is a conference and a festival. A time for reconnecting with each other and the amazing world around us. The weekend emphasizes learning with and from nature and applying that knowledge to inspire sustainable solutions to modern problems. Focused on the continuum from art to science, design to engineering, nature to technology; bringing them together to reimagine our world. A weekend of new conversations, learning together, solving challenges, taking action, and having fun.
Explorations and conversations regarding narrowing, slowing, and closing loops in human design, with nature as a mentor and inspiration. Agriculture, fashion, the built environment, and others.
Workshops, discussions, and activities focused on developing and implementing sustainable cities and connecting to nature in our urban backyards. Architecture, territorial distribution, energy efficiency, ecosystem services, and more.
These activities delve into the connection between society and nature; our need as humans to reconnect with nature and learn from its wisdom. Indigenous knowledge, psychology, reconnection, and others.
Discussion and collaborations regarding the discipline of biomimicry itself. Methodologies, techniques, examples from nature, and success in collaborations.
This work is challenging – we are better together.
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese
To reconcile means being humble and having awareness that there is something to be reconciled. It is a spiritual and intellectual process embracing a willingness to admit missteps and start moving in the right direction.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature” – Joseph Campbell
To restore means returning to the things that make us strong, make us whole. It means breaking with everyday business-as-usual and starting to make amends. It should be guided by compassion, empathy, and patience.
“I believe one cannot achieve true ecological literacy without great empathy with and understanding of nature and how it functions. Thus, one’s heart also needs to be involved.” – Charles Massy.
To regenerate means self-sustaining where almost all needs are met with a minimum of added resources. It is going beyond sustainable, to where human activity is in-step with nature.
Why come to Granada? Because it is an amazing city! Located in the south of Spain, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is full of historic magic from the Albayzín, the Arab quarter to the Alhambra, an astonishing palace complex whose Islamic decor and landscaped gardens are without peer in Europe. Founded early in the 13th century, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors. A vibrant cultural city, with a history of idea exchange, collaboration and many centuries of influences which you can still experience today. For those wanting to stay a little longer, from Granada, you can be in the mountains, or at the beach in less than an hour.
What can you expect? This second Biomimicry Granada Weekend builds on previous European events where a broad alliance of partners have come together to be inspired and exchange practical ideas. The weekend is set up with a combination of workshops, formal presentations, roundtables, and experiences hosted by a broad range of active biomimicry and sustainability practitioners and educators from across Europe.
Our goal is to have fun while learning and sharing. We want you to bring your own ideas, to help shape what happens. Please contact us to start that conversation.