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Aug. 24 - The Future of Sustainability: Integrating and Regenerating the Health of our Social and Ecological Systems

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Sustainability is ultimately about sustaining all life. The current trend of making buildings, cars, light bulbs, products and processes more efficient is simply the beginning point for achieving this ...

Sustainability is ultimately about sustaining all life. The current trend of making buildings, cars, light bulbs, products and processes more efficient is simply the beginning point for achieving this goal. In order to truly achieve sustainability, we will need to redevelop a conscious understanding of the whole system of life-giving processes that shape the places we live in order to reintegrate our building--and our communities--with life on Earth.
The process of creating our shelter, along with producing food, has tremendous impact on planetary health. The corollary is also true; the act of building can also be the act of healing and restoring the community of life. By shifting the role of humans to participating with nature as co-equals and, even, 'tending the wild,' we move from being occupants of the land to becoming inhabitants again.
The real meaning of development is to 'create new potential.' Learning how to sustain our communities can be a re-membering and rebirth of consciousness. This presentation by Bill Reed introduces the practical concepts of integrating technical and living system design. This is not as hard as it may seem; but it is a real change in the way we think.

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