At the UnConference this Sunday (April 26th), our hosts Canay and Rudy were joined as usual by the CLT Team: Yuri, Primavera and Michael. We also had three incredible panellists for our discussion on how to build a more self-sustainable and abundant life now:
- Barbara Belvisi – Founder & CEO at Interstellar Lab, whose mission is to design and build bio-regenerative villages on Earth and beyond.
- Joe Patitucci – Founder of Data Garden, Multimedia Healing Artist
- Lynne Franks OBE – Entrepreneur, Author, Changemaker, Social Activist and Lifelong Influencer. Founder of The Seed Network – a Community Space and Online Women’s Learning, Wisdom and Support Hub.
The hosts, panellists and team went deep into the topic of self-sustainability, with a focus on our connection to nature and the role played by technology. We took in a wide range of subjects, including how we can bring self-sustainability to our communities, the impact on an economic, socio-cultural and ecological level, and the importance of decoupling “feminine” and “masculine” from gender to embrace both the feminine and masculine within each of us.
Seven Ways & Days to a more self-sustainable and abundant life
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Read on for a few snippets from our two-hour discussion. You can watch the full recorded stream on Facebook here (and Like the page to stay updated).
Some insights from our panellists
After a beautifully-curated musical introduction from OpenLab, we opened as always with a group breathing meditation led by Primavera. Once we all felt truly present, she shared some of her own thoughts on the subject:
“If we are not sustainable within ourselves, then we struggle.
It doesn’t matter how much we have outside.”
– Primavera Salva
Once Canay and Rudy opened up the dialogue, Lynne followed much the same reasoning, that the harmonious balance of the self that creates sustainability. She sees sustainability as something to find within before we take action. To consider ourselves as we are (“beings”) rather than by what we do (“doings”).
“There are a lot of people like us, and others, who can use this opportunity for space, as a gift. I believe we can create a new world. We can make the world be everything we have dreamt it to be, we will never go back to the way we were.”
– Lynne Franks OBE
Barbara talked about her vision of the future where technology and nature are not in conflict. She stressed the need to reintegrate the two, and how this is slowly happening already.
“We are copying nature. The more we understand nature, the more advanced technology is. During this process, we lost contact with the original senses. We’re trying to recreate logically the senses that we need. Right now, there’s a lot of waking up and shaking up, with so many people in the tech industry going into spirituality, listening to nature, listening to their body. There is a need for us to go back to nature and to reconnect.”
– Barbara Belvisi
Joe has seen people becoming more sensitive to nature. He shared some of his experiences watching people interacting intuitively with his PlantWave systems, especially children, but stressed that this is at odds with a society that prioritises technological advancement.
“We’ve abandoned part of what makes us human. A lot of what my work is about creating these spaces for people to tune into heightened states of sensitivity, for humans to access more of the unique tools we have as humans. As we evolve and move to other places in the cosmos, we might need some of the capacities that we’ve turned off in other places.”
– Joe Patitucci
Yuri made the point that this combination of nature and technology is the future from every perspective. Technologically, developments like blockchain or AI allow us to demonetise our lives from food to healthcare. Economically, it becomes cheaper to decentralise. The effects are socio-cultural too, with Gen-Z fully-engaged with plant-based ways of living.
“Decentralising and becoming more self-sufficient is the way forward. Even in China, this is the long-term roadmap. The big question mark for the world will be navigating the classic inhibitors, the centralised systems, to allow this to happen in a constructive way. In telecoms, the new decentralised networks are being blocked by the incumbents. But in the long term, the self-organised systems will become more powerful. It’s just a matter of time.”
– Yuri van Geest
Throughout the UnConference, we had some amazing input from Tribe members around the world, asking questions in the Q&A panel or giving their insights in the Chat. Some members also shared suggestions for further learning. Christelle in Berlin pointed us towards an online Permaculture course, while Reinier in Amsterdam had a list of interesting reads:
- Insights on the inner workings of nature, ecological systems (Critical Transitions in Nature and Society).
- Applying new approaches to conscious learning (The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization)
- An interesting read for everyone, empaths in particular (Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity: How to Manage Intense Emotions as a Highly Sensitive Person)
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