What follows is a transcript of the above recorded dialogue featuring Adan Rodrigo Trolesi Pereira and Antonio (Toninho) Mates Pereira. This is part 2 of a 3-part speaker series piloted by the Global Regeneration CoLab in 2021. (More on this to be posted soon.)
As Quilombolas in Brazil they have a unique experience. This approach to farming in relation to nature, their views on the history of their communities, and their good humour made for a lively conversation.
Fabricio Muriana (twitter.com/fmuriana):
How great to have this gathering here, both for those gathered and Amparo as well to know what this…
Get inspired by what we can do within our global food systems when we decide to collaborate for the wellbeing of …
Wow - thank you for the shout out amidst such a powerful piece!
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There are resources after the letter about what Non-Indigenous people can do.
A few days ago I published a version of this letter on my personal facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback from friends, both Native and non-Native. I share it here in the spirit of making positive change, sooner.
Dear Canadian tax payers (and anyone clinging to…
[You can listen to the full audio version of this story HERE. (Note: working on the sound quality issues at SoundCloud…)]
This is a rough draft of a story about events that take place in the year 2035, inspired by what’s already happening in 2021.
There’s a lot more I, B. Lorraine Smith, could say but I am probably not the best person to explain from my limited perspective.
I think it’s wiser if I let Bethany Edwards take it from here.
This post originally appeared on my blog on January 6, 2021.
The long run
One day in October 2020 I went for a run along the St. Lawrence River. My plan was to explore its banks more closely than I could zooming past in a car or train, and to hold a few questions as I went. Not expecting any particular answers, I wasn’t surprised when I heard less from the river and more from the trees clinging to its banks. Specifically I heard a lot from the Staghorn Sumacs (Rhus typhina). I’ll share some of what I found out…
This post originally appeared on my blog on June 14, 2020.
A conversation with friends late last year keeps coming back to me. We were talking about the global youth climate strikes in which Greta Thunberg had emerged as a celebrity figure. My friend Chuck reflected, “People want her to be the next Messiah. But this is a time when we all need to be messianic.”
Chuck’s comment brought into focus something that has been tugging on my mind for a while now: the relationship between the regenerative economy and the concept of religion. …
[This article originally appeared on the blog on May 8, 2020]
After a presentation I gave about the regenerative economy in São Paulo, Brazil last September I was approached by an enthusiastic gentlemen named Leandro Santos. He claimed to know of an example of a large company that had a lot of the regenerative characteristics I had just described, and he was keen to tell me all about it.
As the event was mostly attended by people from heavy industry, a cohort not typically known for its restorative impacts, I probably had a slightly skeptical look on my face. …
I hope this finds you well. Thank you for publishing your letter to CEOs earlier this year. You made a compelling case to take the risks of climate change seriously.
Your letter created a stir. I am involved in corporate reporting projects with publicly listed companies and I have seen firsthand: you have fueled an appetite for greater disclosure. Fortunately a lot of people were already pushing for this from within companies, so in many cases your note put wind in their sails by catching the attention of their executives and investor relations departments, validating years of effort.
[This article originally appeared on the blog on Jan 15, 2020]
“Where do you think I can make the most positive difference in my work?” It’s a common question these days, growing in urgency.
I have more questions than answers in response when I get asked this. I recently found a memo to myself that I sketched out last year trying to answer this question in a shareable way, ever on the lookout for shortcuts. Then I got busy with other stuff. …
[This article originally appeared on the blog on Nov 27, 2019]
Keynote Presentation, September 24, 2019
Circular Economy Event, Confederação Nacional de Indústria (CNI)
São Paulo, Brazil
Presentation is in Portuguese. An English transcript follows.
Thank you, and good morning to everyone. Thank you to you all for being here today. I’m very pleased to be here with you today to speak about the regenerative economy.
I’d also like to thank the team from CNI for a voyage that has already been wonderful. …