| Jun 30, 2023
Seeding Stories for Change
I am delighted to share with you our new Seeding Stories for Change podcast!
Our podcast series is an evolution from Global Environments Network (GEN) In Conversation series, as we wanted an opportunity to delve more deeply into themes close to our hearts and to the mission of GEN.
Seeding Stories for Change is a series that brings together voices from around the world to share stories of hope and resilience, ideas and strategies for building a more just and sustainable future. Join us in exploring how seeds of change are being or can be planted in communities, institutions, and ecosystems, and how these stories can inspire transformative action. Together, we delve into themes related to social and environmental justice, science for radical change, and individual and collective practices for engaging with our world in these troubled times.
Our first episode 'Navigating Co-Directorship' explores the unique opportunities and dynamism of co-directorship, as well as some of the challenges. Join us in discussing our non-hierarchical approach to leadership which is based on nurturing and mentoring team members. We also dive into the core values that guide our organization, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how they inform the way we lead and collaborate. As our two co-directors Emily and Nessie share their experiences and insights, we hope their free flowing conversation inspires and empowers others to break down barriers and lead with not just purpose but also a people driven approach.
Episode 2 Strengthening the resilience of the High Atlas explores how the landscapes of the Moroccan High Atlas have been shaped by close relationships between humans and natural environments for millennia. These cultural landscapes are maintained by the traditional practices of the Amazigh indigenous peoples who manage them. These practices support a regional biodiversity hotspot and ensure social and ecological resilience. In this episode, we do a deep dive into our work to preserve the cultural landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains. In the process, we discuss innovative actions to build a progressive national policy environment for cultural landscape maintenance, and strengthen governance systems that protect cultural landscapes.
Our third episode Debunking Nature Based Solutions, we embark on a journey in the world of green finance and so called Nature Based Solutions, with Frederic, co-founder of the Green Finance Observatory and a remarkably talented cartoonist. Frederic debunks the prevailing discourse surrounding environmental markets, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity and carbon offsetting. Through his well-researched expert insights, he reveals how these strategies, often hailed as saviors of the environment, are inadvertently fueling the destruction of nature rather than its conservation. As Frederic shares his perspective, listeners are invited to question the status quo and explore the unintended consequences of weak climate policies.This thought-provoking interview serves as a wake-up call, urging us to reassess our governments' approaches to sustainability and to advocate for truly effective solutions that address the urgent challenges facing our planet.
Our final episode is part of an on-going series for GDF's Fear Toolkit. Transforming Fear Part 1: Fear and the Body sheds light on the profound nature of fear and its presence within our bodies. How does fear manifest physically? And more importantly, how can we triumph over our fears, transforming them into powerful allies and friends? Join us as we explore these questions and more. Through insightful conversations with individuals who have conquered their own fears, we uncover intimate insights and practical strategies for overcoming fear. We also explore the transformative potential of fear as a protector, steering clear of its negative descent into hate, division, and polarity. Join us on this transformative journey, guided by speakers like Karen, a diversity and inclusion advocate, Nessie, a farmer and co-director of Global Diversity Foundation and the visionary Sulaiman, a creative and active disability rights advocate. Discover how fear can be harnessed as a catalyst for personal growth, unity, and the empowerment of ourselves and others.
We hope you enjoy listening, as much as we enjoyed researching and recording these podcasts and we would love to hear your feedback on any of the episodes.