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7-Generation Bioregional Earth Summit Feb 9


People and Place

Listening to the Land
9:00 am – 12:00 noon EST (Toronto), virtual

"It's so stupid, this idea that land can be owned. Land, which existed long before people... It doesn't belong to us. If anything, the soil owns us. It lets us move around for a bit and then it takes us back." Alistair Mackay

This is the moment we give voice to the land, water, air, and all other-than-human life. What dream does the land have for us, since we are part of the land?

As we bring together conservation authorities, municipalities, parks, farmers, foresters and others who work on or care about the land, we share stories of regeneration and explore the possibilities emerging from weaving projects together across the bioregion for more meaningful long-term impact.

This is about integrated landscape management across the bioregion, from the ground up, and beyond to the whole of Turtle Island.

Recommended: Watch the video A 7-Generation Bioregional Approach to Regenerating Our Land and Water.


For those in the GTB, there's an option for a customized field site experience at Heartwood Farm & Cidery from 1-4 pm; register for more details. OR…

Unprecedented Collaboration
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST (Toronto), virtual

Jonathan Rowson Jonathan Rowson, co-founder and Director of Perspectiva, will join Joe Brewer for a wide-ranging and rich discussion. Framing and provocation from Oren Lyons and his son Rex Lyons. Jay Bowen will also offer his insights.

"Collaboration has no hierarchy. The sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the Earth." Amit Ray

In an individualized, polarized, crumbling culture, we've lost many relational skills. Trust in institutions and each other is decreasing, and we don't value wisdom. We need collaboration more than ever before, and yet it seems to be beyond reach.

Human beings are both selfish and social, emotional and rational. How have we gotten to this moment in history? How can we navigate what some call a polycrisis and others call a metacrisis? This will involve the ability to think in complexity, sharpen sensemaking skills, reach for wisdom, and nurture understanding, belonging, trust, and care for self and others. How can the land organize us and organize complexity? What can we learn from Indigenous Peoples?

Recommended: Read Prosocial Possibilities and Social Prescribing for Ecopsychosocial Wellbeing; watch the video 7-Generation Healing: Lived Experience in Place.

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