COURSE COMPLETED in 2009 - sponsored by Carbon Farming & Economy Courses Santa Barbara
with Erin Sanborn on behalf of Gunter Pauli
Gunter Pauli founded "Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives" (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo, and subsequently established The Global ZERI Network, redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems. He has written numberous books and is published in twelve languages. His upcoming book, The Blue Economy, is summarized here: The Blue Economy. He is dedicated to design and implement a society and industries, which respond to people’s needs using what is available from nature.
The ZERI approach:
- seeks sustainable solutions that are practical, affordable, and informative.
- challenges the dominant mind set rooted in the scarcity principle and poverty consciousness.
- builds a new kind of leadership, stimulating creativity and innovation.
- affirms the creative potential of each individual and their unique contribution towards the development of themselves and their communities.
- explores the deep science that informs the workings of nature through fun filled stories; and thus paves the way towards the creation of a new breed of scientists, business leaders, and citizens working with nature.
ZERI's worldwide network of vigorous operators and high performers, creative minds seeking solutions, from all ages and all cultures assemble fascinating insights in the sectors that will be part of the solution to the present crisis.
What is ZERI ?
ZERI is contributing towards the creation of a global consciousness rooted in the search for practical solutions based on sustainable natural systems. From an environmental perspective, the elimination of waste represents the ultimate solution to pollution problems that threaten ecosystems at both local and global levels. For industry, Zero Emissions means greater competitiveness and represents a continuation of its inevitable drive towards efficiency. For governments, the full use of raw materials creates new industries and generates jobs even as it raises productivity. Moreover, it provides the means to feed, clothe and house their populations without destroying the ability of future generations to do the same. ZERI has a total of fifty projects worldwide. It is inspired and aided by a number of leading scientists, spread across a hundred or so countries, making their vision, knowledge and services available, together with pioneering research done inspired by ZERI's desire to do more with what we have.
ZERI three day training with Gunter Pauli
In this course you will learn how to evolve from a model of sustainability that requests you to invest more, save some and then earn back, to a model where you can invest less of your purchasing power to achieve multiple benefits while building social capital. Diverse case studies will demonstrate that this model for sustainability is not only possible, it has been implemented in the North and the South, in rural, peri-urban and inner-city environments.
A dialogue will emerge around the characteristics of the economy that operates "on what we do not have" (loans, mortgages, credit cards, energy sources, mineral deposits ...) and an economy that is capable to respond to all basic needs with what is locally available. The methodology is case study based arriving at insights on how we can create a pathway from one to the other by applying principles of production and consumption, societal organization and desire towards the promotion of life and living conditions.
Whereas we desire to change the world around us, nothing is more pervasive and necessary than changing the world inside us. How can we want society to be sustainable when we are not sustainable ourselves? The course will evolve from mere "sustainability" to making "health" our priority. The shift from energy and material saving to health without infringing on sustainability will be clarified with concrete examples.