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A podcast about the human connection to nature. Biophilia is the innate connection that human beings seek with the natural world. Every other week, hosts Monica Olsen and Jennifer Walsh sit down with thought-leaders and experts across a wide range of industries to discuss the impact that nature has on our wellbeing, why we need nature in order to thrive, and what steps we can all take to live in harmony with the natural world. They pose questions centered around finding common-sense solutions to some of society's biggest problems. Asking guests, how can we take local and global actions that nurture the living, social, and economic systems that will sustain future generations? Faced with challenges like climate change and an ongoing pandemic, reconnecting with nature has never been more imperative. We hope you’ll join the conversation around the growing biophilic movement and come along on our biophilic journey. Subscribe, follow and listen today, because nature has the answers. Learn more at biophilicsolutions.com

Biophilic Solutions: Nature Has the Answers Serenbe Media Network

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A podcast about the human connection to nature. Biophilia is the innate connection that human beings seek with the natural world. Every other week, hosts Monica Olsen and Jennifer Walsh sit down with thought-leaders and experts across a wide range of industries to discuss the impact that nature has on our wellbeing, why we need nature in order to thrive, and what steps we can all take to live in harmony with the natural world. They pose questions centered around finding common-sense solutions to some of society's biggest problems. Asking guests, how can we take local and global actions that nurture the living, social, and economic systems that will sustain future generations? Faced with challenges like climate change and an ongoing pandemic, reconnecting with nature has never been more imperative. We hope you’ll join the conversation around the growing biophilic movement and come along on our biophilic journey. Subscribe, follow and listen today, because nature has the answers. Learn more at biophilicsolutions.com

    The Case For Climate Optimism with Anne Therese Gennari

    The Case For Climate Optimism with Anne Therese Gennari

    An optimistic outlook on life tends to make people happier, more successful, and even healthier - but how do we apply optimism to a situation that oftentimes feels as serious and dire as the climate crisis? Enter today’s guest Anne Therese Gennari, author of The Climate Optimist Handbook. In this book, Anne Therese hopes to shift the narrative on climate change so that those of us in the fight can work from a place of courage and excitement rather than fear and anger. In this interview, Anne Therese traces her own journey from burnt out activist to climate optimist, tells us why she thinks individual action is crucial, and walks us through some action steps we can take to shift our own perspectives. 
    Show Notes
    The Biophilic Leadership SummitThe Climate Optimist Handbook: How to shift the narrative on climate change and find the courage to choose change by Anne Therese GennariAbout Anne Therese Gennari The Climate Optimist Newsletter on SubstackHey Change: A Podcast On How To Change The WorldFrom Angry Activist to Climate Optimist (TEDxOneonta)Follow Anne Theres on InstagramKey Words: climate change, climate action, climate optimism, climate optimist, optimism, wellness, activism, activist, climate activism, biophilia, biophilic

    • 45 min
    Introducing Season 3 of Biophilic Solutions

    Introducing Season 3 of Biophilic Solutions

    Season 3 of Biophilic Solutions premieres on January 24th! This season, we'll explore some new topics like climate optimism, national parks, and eco tourism. We'll also take a deeper dive into some familiar territory like thin places, awe, and biophilic design. Be sure to tune in!

    • 1 min
    Amplifying Your Impact with The Carbon Almanac’s Paige NeJame

    Amplifying Your Impact with The Carbon Almanac’s Paige NeJame

    This week, we’re talking all about how to amplify your impact with Carbon Almanac contributing writer Paige NeJame. Have you ever wondered whether your efforts to recycle, compost, and eat a plant-based diet make a real difference for the planet? While individual action is good, Paige provides tangible, creative - and most importantly, doable - ways to take our action steps to the  next level and create actual, systems-level change. The best part? Paige is living proof that regular people can make a huge difference; even with all of her work with the Carbon Almanac network, she has continued in her role with a commercial paint company and has used her knowledge to affect major, positive changes. 
    The Carbon Almanac is a collaboration of hundreds of volunteer writers, researchers, thinkers, illustrators, and experts. Using drawings, histories, and lots and lots of data, The Carbon Almanac is the definitive (and highly approachable) guide to carbon’s impact on our food system, oceans, energy, the economy, human health, and extreme weather. Paige NeJame wrote the “Climate Change for Rookies” section of The Carbon Almanac, as well as a children’s guide to climate change, Generation Carbon. 
    Show Notes
    The Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too LateThe Carbon Almanac NetworkGeneration CarbonThe Carbon Almanac PodcastsSeth GodinAkimbo: A Podcast From Seth GodinConnect the DotsThe Daily Difference NewsletterKey Words: Carbon, Carbon Emissions, Climate, Climate Change, Emissions, Nature, Environment, Sustainability, Solutions, Environmentalism, Alternative Energy, Carbon Almanac, Seth Godin, Biophilic, Biophilic Design, Biophilia 

    • 46 min
    Biophilic Books for the Holidays

    Biophilic Books for the Holidays

    We firmly believe that this time of year should be all about slowing down, enjoying quality time with friends and family, and of course enjoying some time outdoors (weather permitting). So, as the holiday season approaches, we’re back with another roundup of biophilic books to curl up with on those cold, cozy nights or give as gifts to the nature lovers in your life. Themes include brain health, climate change, fungi, and even the intersection of botany and booze. 
    Show Notes
    The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life by Lisa Miller, PhDThe Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late, edited by The Carbon Almanac Network and Seth GodinThe Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der KolkEntangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures by Merlin SheldrakeThe Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self by Michael EasterBewilderment by Richard PowersThe Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks by Amy StewartBuy all these books and more from our favorite local bookstore Hills & Hamlets or their online partner BooksShop.

    Key Words: nature, holiday, reading list, nature books, biophilia, biophilic, biophilic design, climate change, climate, climate crisis, mindfulness, wellness, carbon footprint, carbon, fungi, mushrooms, bewilderment, richard powers, the overstory, botany, cocktails, holiday cocktails

    • 24 min
    Building With Nature & Scaling Biophilic Ideas with Mary Davidge

    Building With Nature & Scaling Biophilic Ideas with Mary Davidge

    Mary Davidge has spent her career at the forefront of biophilic design. Between 2014 and 2021, Mary served as Google’s Director of Global Design, where she worked closely with biophilic leaders like Bill Browning and Judi Heerwagen to implement design solutions across Google’s campuses that prioritize health, happiness, and the environment. Prior to that, she ran her own firm, where her groundbreaking work in biophilic design and green building helped lay the foundation for certifications like LEED Platinum and the Living Building Challenge. Nowadays, Mary serves on the board of the Biophilic Institute and on the advisory board of the International Living Future Institute Biophilic Design Initiative, advocating tirelessly for biophilic solutions at scale. In this episode, we discuss Mary’s career at the intersection of tech and green building, the importance of placemaking, and why greening cities can solve multiple societal problems at once. 
    Show Notes
    About Mary Davidge Google’s Mary Davidge Talks Sustainability Changes in Silicon Valley Over the Years (Green Building Matters)Why Does Biophilic Design Make Us Feel So Good? With Bill Browning (Biophilic Solutions)Biophilic Design and the Human Habitat with Dr. Judith Heerwagen (Biophilic Solutions)Terrapin Bright GreenLEED Rating System (U.S. Green Building Council)Living Building Challenge (Living Future)Defining the Worst Type of Street Design (City Lab)What is Placemaking? (ArchDaily)Opinion | Since When Have Trees Existed Only for Rich Americans? (New York Times)The Biophilic InstituteKeywords: Nature, Biophilia, Biophilic Design, Green Building, Google, Google Campus, Silicon Valley, Tech, Tech Industry, Design, Architecture, Equity, Environmental Justice, Health

    • 45 min
    The Campaign for Nature: Safeguarding Biodiversity with Brian O’Donnell

    The Campaign for Nature: Safeguarding Biodiversity with Brian O’Donnell

    The world is losing its biodiversity at a rapid rate, due in large part to habitat loss caused by climate change. These dual threats pose serious risks to human health and wellbeing, particularly if global leaders fail to take meaningful and quick action. Our guest today is Brian O’Donnell, Director of the Campaign for Nature, an organization whose goal is to protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030. The Campaign for Nature works with scientists, environmentalists, and policymakers to advance solutions on a global scale. In this episode, we talk to Brian about why 30% is a benchmark number, why biodiversity loss is as great a threat to us as climate change, the highly significant Biodiversity Conference (COP15) which will take place in Montreal this December, and much more. 

    Show Notes
    Campaign for Nature30 x 30 Sign the 30 x 30 Petition UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15)Rodale InstituteNew report shows why fighting climate change and nature loss must be interlinked (World Economic Forum)Shifting to a Green Economy with Dr. Edward B. Barbier (Biophilic Solutions)Can Organic Agriculture Feed the World? (Biophilic Solutions)Key Words: Nature, Biophilia, Biophilic Design, Infrastructure, Government, Environment, Environmental Policy, COP15, Montreal, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Loss, Climate, Climate Change 

    • 37 min

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Chris ä ,

Bridging design practice & biophilia/habitat theory gap

As a designer I aim (bit by bit) to practice Biophilic design and also wellness design as much as possible. I love listening to these experts in the field so I can start bridging the gap between practice & theory. Also expanding not only my knowledge & understanding of this topic but I can pass new knowledge on to my clients.
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