24 episodes

Worlds in Transition, or 'Världar i Omställning' as the podcast series is called in Swedish, focuses on the transitions to sustainable lifeforms that goes on in different places around the world today, where people make change happen through active engagement in their own communities. In this first series I focus on introducing the concept of 'Transition' in the Swedish speaking parts of Finland, while also making visible the people leading this grassroots revolution in this part of the world. Future pods will bring more examples from around the globe.

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    • Society & Culture

Worlds in Transition, or 'Världar i Omställning' as the podcast series is called in Swedish, focuses on the transitions to sustainable lifeforms that goes on in different places around the world today, where people make change happen through active engagement in their own communities. In this first series I focus on introducing the concept of 'Transition' in the Swedish speaking parts of Finland, while also making visible the people leading this grassroots revolution in this part of the world. Future pods will bring more examples from around the globe.

    Andrew McMillion about his journey into community seed banks

    Andrew McMillion about his journey into community seed banks

    Andrew McMillion grew up as an expat in Europe, Asia and the States and ended up in Norway where he studied philosophy in his youth. There he learn about the deep ecology philosophy taught by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess. Being later employed in the tech industry in different parts of the world, Andrew started to think deeply about the environment and the consequences that climate change will have on all aspects of life across the globe. One think led to another and eventually he ended up buying a small farm near Oslo Norway, quitting his daytime job, and setting up a greenhouse. In this conversation we discuss how seed saving and community seed banks have played an important role in rooting Andrew´s life purpose in the very ecology which he is part of.

    Photo: Karen Gjermundrød

    Editing: Tommi Ranta

    • 55 min
    Daniela Ibarra-Howell on the Emergence of Holistic Management as a Global Movement

    Daniela Ibarra-Howell on the Emergence of Holistic Management as a Global Movement

    Daniela Ibarra-Howell is the co-founder and director of the Savory Institute in Colorado in the United States. As a child, growing up in Buenos Aires in Argentina Daniela dreamt of moving out of the big city to the countryside and so she studied agronomy so she could find a job out in the field. But in Argentina in the late 1980s, it was not easy for a woman agronomist to become a rancher. Instead, Daniela became a governmental advisor at the ministry of agriculture where she also become intrigued by the challenges of desertification. To find answers to these challenges she went to study in New Zeeland, where she also met her future husband Jim Howell. Jim introduced Daniela to the work of Zimbabwean Allan Savory, whose principles on holistic management gave her the answers she was looking for. One thing lead to the other and as a newlywed couple the Howells moved to the United States and founded the Savory Institute, a learning hub around holistic management practices. In our conversation we talk about the development of the regenerative agriculture movement that applies holistic management to their farmlands and how such practices affects life on land and the life of the farmers.

    Photo: Savory Institute
    Editing: Tommi Ranta

    • 57 min
    Magdalena Urioste on practising regenerative farming in Uruguay

    Magdalena Urioste on practising regenerative farming in Uruguay

    Magdalena Urioste in Uruguay calls herself a woman of the land. She grew up with ranching grandparents and parents and always wanted to have her own farm. But because of her gender and her economic circumstance that was not possible when she was young. Instead, she lived many years abroad and worked in the education sector before returning to her homelands to start a regenerative farm. She speaks of the incredible journey into revitalizing degraded land by applying holistic management practices to the soil and the effects this has on leading a healthy life. She also speaks of the alternative markets, community schools and the women’s network that she has been involved in setting up to create a regenerative culture in different parts of Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.

    • 42 min
    Susan Jennings on awakenings and regenerative farming's role in creating more resilient food systems

    Susan Jennings on awakenings and regenerative farming's role in creating more resilient food systems

    Susan Jennings is the director of the non-profit organization Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, in Ohio, whose mission is to educate people about how to build community resilience in the midst of climate change. Recently this NGO bought a piece of land to create its own educational centre around regenerative agricultural practices for farmers, local community members and nearby schools. In our conversation, we speak of Susan’s own journey into regenerative practices and farming, which evolved from a chain of events following a spiritual awakening many years ago. We also speak of how all the disruptions that the covid-crisis have created in the conventional food supply chain has created a massive awareness about the urgent need to transition to more local and resilient ways of producing and consuming food.
    Editing: Tommi Ranta

    • 31 min
    Thomas Snellman: Revolutionising Local Food through the REKO network

    Thomas Snellman: Revolutionising Local Food through the REKO network

    Thomas Snellman from Pedersöre in Finland is the founder of the REKO model that has come to revolutionise the local food scene in almost all Nordic countries. REKO stands for ‘rejäl konsumtion’, or fair consumption in English. It is a model for direct trading of food that connects local farmers with local consumers by using Facebook as its ordering platform and free parking lots for the delivery of the produce. Since the first delivery took place in 2013, REKO has experienced an exponential growth that covers large parts of the Nordic countries. Today the REKO network includes more than 500 local groups that in total connects 1.5 million consumers with 15000 local farms. In this conversation with Thomas, we talk about his own REKO-journey; how did he come up with this idea? And what are the reasons behind the success of REKO? We also talk about why REKO has proven to be so useful during the Corona crisis.

    Editing: Tommi Ranta
    Photo: Jonas Brunnström

    • 30 min
    Judith D. Schwartz: Regenerating Planetary Life through Soil, Water, Cows and Reindeers

    Judith D. Schwartz: Regenerating Planetary Life through Soil, Water, Cows and Reindeers

    Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist and author living in the mountains of Vermont. In her earlier career, she wrote articles for women’s magazines, about women’s health, and personal development. During the 2008 economic downturn, Judith started to ask herself questions about the origins of wealth creation. How can GDP be a measure of prosperity while not accounting for the wellbeing of nature? The questions led her on a journey of discovery of how soils are the source of true wealth creation in a healthy society. In her two books, titled “Cows Save the Planet” and “Water in Plain Sight”, Judith writes about the role of animal-land dynamics in restoring soils and the availability of clean water. In this conversation, we talk about how everything in nature is connected and how Judith’s insights on grazing animals led her to connect with Sami reindeer herders and other grassroots movements that promote soil restoration to address problems related to human and ecological health.

    • 39 min

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