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Join us as we explore the power of the natural world to inform and inspire us -- in our everyday lives, and in the complex challenges the world is facing. With nature as our guide (and drawing on our own experience in coaching and consulting, international work, non-profit management, writing, local politics, and community) we explore diverse topics like climate change, confidence, listening, health, economics, storytelling, and more.We look from different perspectives - including science and a… Continue Reading >>
Join us as we explore the power of the natural world to inform and inspire us -- in our everyday lives, and in the complex challenges the world is facing. With nature as our guide (and drawing on our own experience in coaching and consulting, international work, non-profit management, writing, local politics, and community) we explore diverse topics like climate change, confidence, listening, health, economics, storytelling, and more.We look from different perspectives - including science and art; city and rural; individuals and systems - and try to cross pollinate ideas and uncover new ways of thinking. We offer up personal experiences, as well as ideas and experiences from guests, books, and elsewhere, all the while asking what the natural world can teach us. Unfurling is hosted by UK-based Catriona Horey and Elizabeth Wainwright. Elizabeth is a writer, a coach and consultant operating locally and globally, and an elected District Cou << Show Less
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Power: A Wider Lens Join us, Elizabeth and Catriona, as we explore Power - in ourselves, collectively, and in the natural world. We look at the awe that power can invoke, the pitfalls of power, and the possibilities in thinking about power differently. We learn from power in nature: from obvious (tsunamis, hurricanes, crocodiles) to lesser known examples (mantis shrimps, mites) and nuanced expressions (glaciers, rivers, forests, elephants). We touch on topics linked to power: language; narratives; creation; destruction; inner belief; control; respect; listening; empowerment; history; myths; inclusion; and leadership. And we consider what might be possible if we choose to think about and connect with power differently and wholeheartedly. For more on Unfurling, please join our Facebook Group or visit our website. ~2: Online Etymology Dictionary: Power~6: Emily Dickinson~7: Gorillas; eagles~7, 13: Crocodiles, elephants, mantis shrimps, mites~8: Hurricane Power~12: “London” by William Blake~14: Dalai Lama XIV~15: “Empowerment” ~15: Gloria Steinem~16: “The Death of Nature” by Carolyn Merchant~18: Girl Power~19: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel~21: Ralph Waldo Emerson~24: Robert Ingersoll~24: Lord Acton: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely"~24: Plato~25: Harold MacMillan~25: Ghanaian Proverb~27: Viktor Frankl~30: Mahatma Gandhi~31: Woodrow Wilson~34: The Butterfly Effect See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Power: A Wider Lens Join us, Elizabeth and Catriona, as we explore Power - in ourselves, collectively, and in the natural world. We look at the awe that power can invoke, the pitfalls of power, and the possibilities in thinking about power differently. We learn from power in nature: from obvious (tsunamis, hurricanes, crocodiles) to lesser known examples (mantis shrimps, mites) and nuanced expressions (glaciers, rivers, forests, elephants). We touch on topics linked to power: language; narratives; creation; destruction; inner belief; control; respect; listening; empowerment; history; myths; inclusion; and leadership. And we consider what might be possible if we choose to think about and connect with power differently and wholeheartedly. For more on Unfurling, please join our Facebook Group or visit our website. ~2: Online Etymology Dictionary: Power~6: Emily Dickinson~7: Gorillas; eagles~7, 13: Crocodiles, elephants, mantis shrimps, mites~8: Hurricane Power~12: “London” by William Blake~14: Dalai Lama XIV~15: “Empowerment” ~15: Gloria Steinem~16: “The Death of Nature” by Carolyn Merchant~18: Girl Power~19: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel~21: Ralph Waldo Emerson~24: Robert Ingersoll~24: Lord Acton: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely"~24: Plato~25: Harold MacMillan~25: Ghanaian Proverb~27: Viktor Frankl~30: Mahatma Gandhi~31: Woodrow Wilson~34: The Butterfly Effect See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Soil: Magic Beneath our Feet Join us as we dive into the magical world of soil! We’ve become huge fans – did you know there are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on the Earth? We explore what soil is, how it sustains life, and why it’s important for physical and mental health, and the climate. We draw on our own connections to soil, living in the country and city, and discuss what we can learn from soil about time, dormancy, patience, place, meaning, community, connection, communication, healing, complexity, and letting go. We look at the threats to soil, and so to the world’s health at large, and signpost efforts to protect and restore soil, from the individual level, to farming, to policy. Whether you’re new to this topic, or are an avid gardener or farmer, we hope you take something from the episode. To explore this and other subjects, join our Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast' or get in touch via our website.References: ~1: Charles E. Kellogg, “USDA Yearbook of Agriculture”, 1938: “Essentially, all life depends upon the soil. There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” ~1: Chief Seattle, 1852: “We are part of the earth and it is part of us. What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.” ~2: Wendell Berry quote from “The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture”~3: Definition of soil in Rainforest Alliance's “7 Fascinating Facts About Soil”~7: Bedrock “weathering can take up to tens of thousands of years to form a mature soil”.~7: “Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power” by Alastair McIntosh ~10: Info on soil microbiome, & soil antidepressants in Rainforest Alliance link above~12: Soil carbon stocks, EEA~13: The South West Peatland Project~15: Soil degradation, Conscious Planet~16: Soil Association~16: Nature Friendly Farming Network~17: Soils for the Future~18: Conscious Planet~18: Article on Conscious Planet in The CSR Journal~20: Open Farm Sunday~21: “Bloom” by Nicola Skinner~28: “Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World” by B. Brett Finlay & Marie-Claire Arrieta ~29: Aldo Leopold, “A Sand County Almanac” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Space to Think As 2021 draws to a close, join us, Catriona and Elizabeth, for a short & sweet episode in which we create a space to think – for ourselves, for Unfurling, and for our listeners. We explore our desire to 'unfurl' the unique ways of thinking and being each of us have, and how this might help us go deeper in ourselves and in our relationships with others and the wider world. We discuss nuance, dialogue, learning, expansiveness, being responsive, inner and outer health, worth, the power of questions, and more. We touch on how we'd like Unfurling to create space for inner reflection as well as outer dialogue – through the podcast, and through new collectively-focused work in 2022. Finally we invite our listeners to create space to think - however, whenever, and wherever that may look. To explore this and other subjects further, join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast', or get in touch via our website. ​~0: "Stretch of time" from from Latin spatium as one definition for "Space", Online Etymology Dictionary~5: Romain Rolland from "Above The Battle": "Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it."~6: Rebecca Solnit from "Men Explain Things To Me": "The language of bold assertion is simpler, less taxing, than the language of nuance and ambiguity and speculation.”~7: Nancy Kline from "Time to Think": "Everything we do depends for its quality on the thinking we do first, and our thinking depends on the quality of our attention for each other."~8: "It All Turns on Affection" by Wendell Berry~18: "Writers' Hour" with London Writers Salon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Economics: Doughnuts and Doing things Differently We explore how the natural world can inform and inspire us on the topic of Economics. Guided by Peter Lefort, we look at one way to think differently about Economics in the 21st Century: Doughnut Economics. At the core of the approach is the ‘Doughnut’ consisting of two concentric rings: a social foundation, to ensure that no one is left falling short on life’s essentials, and an ecological ceiling, to ensure that humanity does not collectively overshoot planetary boundaries. Between these two sets of boundaries lies a doughnut-shaped space that is both ecologically safe and socially just: a space in which humanity can thrive. We delve into the theory of Doughnut Economics as well as real-life applications: the Doughnut is being used on a county-scale in Cornwall Council, city-scale in Amsterdam, and nation-scale in Costa Rica. Peter Lefort is a Network Facilitator and Doughnut Economics Practitioner. He runs the University of Exeter’s Green Futures Network, connecting communities and organisations to the latest environmental research and resources. He has previously worked on the implementation of doughnut economics within the decision making processes of Cornwall Council, and is a founder member of the Cornwall Doughnut Collective. Peter is also a freelance facilitator and trainer, and is Co-Chair of the Transition Network. Whether you’re an Economics expert or newbie, we hope you enjoy this episode in which we touch on the links between Economy and Ecology and subjects including the importance of home, permission, mindset, systems, complexity, patterns, growth -- and Starling murmurations! To explore this and other subjects further, join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'. ~1: “Coaching through the Lens of Nature”~6: Dasgupta Review documents ~9: Peter Lefort~10: Green Futures Network~18: “Doughnut Economics” by Kate Raworth~22: Doughnut economics at Cornwall Council~34: Doughnut Economics Action Lab~42: Emergent Strategy” by Adrienne Maree Brown~46: Andy Stirling ~55: Doughnut Economics in Amsterdam ~55: Doughnut Economics in Costa Rica See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Language: Relating with the World Join Elizabeth and Catriona for a thought-provoking conversation with our episode guide Philippa Bayley as we delve into how language can help us relate with ourselves, other people, and the earth, and provide fresh perspectives and energy on topics such as climate change. Philippa is a research scientist turned public engagement practitioner and research manager with a passion to create unique spaces that help people think differently, whether that is 1:1 or in large-scale public events. She has worked across a range of disciplines from neuroscience to cybersecurity, but the heart of her work lies in rethinking our relationship with the earth. As part of our time together, we showcase ‘living-language-land’, which Philippa is one of the Creative Producers of. A recently-launched global nature language project for COP26, living-language-land experiments with how an expanded lexicon for our relationship with land and nature can both honour minority and endangered languages, and offer fresh inspiration for tackling our environmental crisis. We hope you enjoy this wide-ranging episode in which we touch on topics such as empathy, responsibility, right relationship, science and indigenous wisdom and learn new words from around the world. If you'd like to explore this and other subjects further, you're very welcome to join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'.References (with hyperlinks): ~0: Unfurling Podcast Facebook group~1: Unfurling One-Year Celebration LinkedIn Post~2: Philippa Bayley~2: “Language: Singing Land Back Into Being”, Unfurling Podcast~4: Elle Harrison~6: PhD in Neuroscience at UCL (brain development in embryonic zebrafish)~7: Cabot Institute for the Environment~7: Neville Gabie~11: living-language-land~ 12: “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer ~13: Noongar, Western Australia~14: Jessie Little Doe Baird, Wampanoag Language Revitalisation Project~17: Sardak: “the ancestors and owners of the land” from Ladakhi language, Ladakh, India~18: śaff: “track; print; unexpectedly, it turns out to be” from Mehri language, Southern Oman~19: Hyká: “name; stone; speech” from Mysk Kubun language, Central Colombia~20: Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, USA~24: Jessie Little Doe Baird: “In our language they left all the lessons for us.” ~27: British Council’s COP26 Creative Commissions programme~29: The Forgiveness Project</p
Relocation: Beyond A to B Relocation: Beyond A to B Unfurling co-host Elizabeth has moved house! And this life event has prompted a curiosity in us about “Relocation” and what we can learn from the natural world about this topic. In this episode, we touch on:The concept of “home”Possible drivers (and degrees of choice) for relocationHow relocation can play out in different systems Themes of instinct, trust, hope, stillness, legacy and contributionExamples from the natural world, including monarch butterflies, shearwaters, trees, bison, Tasmanian devils, and translocation programmesHolding different spaces and energies - from embracing slowness to acting now; from rooting ourselves in the local to understanding global realities; and triangulating self and wellbeing with collective identity and the natural worldWe hope you enjoy the episode - if you'd like to explore this and other topics further, you're very welcome to join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'. References (with hyperlinks): ~3: “Relocation”, Online Etymology Dictionary: 1746, in Scottish law, "renewal of a lease"~x: “Relocation”, Cambridge Dictionary: “the act of moving or moving something or someone from one place to another”~5: UK Stamp Duty tax~7: “Living on a Remote Island” by Sarah Boden (re. Eigg) in “On Nature: Unexpected Ramblings on the British Countryside”~12: “Hiraeth”~13: Monarch butterflies, National Geographic ~16: “Nature’s Most Impressive Animal Migrations”, National Geographic Society~16: “Shearwater” (Chapter 7, featuring Catriona’s Dad, Geoffrey Matthews) in “The Seabird’s Cry” by Adam Nicolson~17: Skokholm~18: “Wandering: Notes and Sketches” by Hermann Hesse: “Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”~20: Migrating bison, Vincennes Trace~21: “Maria Island Tasmanian devils thriving at expense of other species”, ABC News Australia~24: Climate refugees: the world’s forgotten victims ~26: Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, UK~30: “What's for animal conservation translocation programmes: Soft- or hard-release?” (Video) by Journal of Applied Ecology ~30: “What is better for animal conservation translocation programmes: Soft- or hard-release? A phylogenetic meta-analytical approach” by Paloma S. Resende et al in Journal of Applied Ecology~31: <a href="https://shows.acast.com/unfurling/episodes/waiting
Beauty: Realising Beauty Welcome to season 2 episode 4 of Unfurling, in which we explore the topic of Beauty. We look from various perspectives, and the theme is illuminated by learnings from the natural world and from our 'guides'. Here's what's in the episode: ~0: We share what’s drawing us to look at Beauty.~10:00: We join our first guide, Nina Flowers, a creative brand strategist who collaborates with organisations that are looking to bring about positive environmental or social changes through their work. Working remotely from Barcelona, she's collaborating with a UK charity and the Mood Project in Spain. Nina also founded a nature-inspired skincare company called Artamay, which she is developing with her sister Emily in Wiltshire, UK. It’s small-batch skincare that’s organic, vegan, and natural with the philosophy of achieving healthy skin whilst 'protecting your wild'. http://www.artamay.co.uk / Insta: @artamayskincare and http://www.ninaflowers.co.uk / Insta: @ninaflow__~30:00 We consider themes from our time with Nina, including the role of nature in sparking creativity, adventure, and wellbeing; authentic beauty and ageing; language; and 'protecting our wild'.~33:00 We move to our second guide, Dr Tony Juniper CBE, who is Chair of Natural England, the statutory body that works for the conservation and restoration of the natural environment in England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts. Until January 2018 he was an independent sustainability and environment advisor, including as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. A campaigner, writer, and a well-known British environmentalist, Tony has, for more than 35 years, worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. https://www.gov.uk/government/people/tony-juniper and https://www.tonyjuniper.com/about~64:30 We reflect on our learnings from our time with Tony, including the place of beauty in a multi-layered approach to nature recovery; the importance of co-design and building metaphorical bridges; nature’s inspiration; and how context augments beauty.~69:45 We close by drawing together our learning and themes for further reflection, and we share a poem. To explore this and other topics further, please join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'.---References:~1: Sheela Hobden ~1: VIA Survey of Character Strengths ~4: Mental Health Foundation: Mental Health Awareness Week~5: Merriam-Webster: “Beauty”: “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit”~6: International Dawn Chorus Day~22: Artamay Dusk & Dawn Cleanser~24: Artemis~33: Resurgence & Ecologist~38: National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949~39: Natura
Adaptation: “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails" Welcome to a shorter-than-usual (!), more spontaneous episode featuring us (co-hosts Catriona and Elizabeth) as its guides! We had planned to release an episode on Beauty - but events beyond our control meant we’ve had to postpone this. However, we decided to embrace the change of plans, and pulled out our mics to explore the timely concept of Adaptation. We touch on:Questions around individual and collective adaptations to new circumstances, both in our lifetimes and with future generations in mind.The role of conscious choice and the ability to influence when considering if and how to adapt.Examples from the natural world, including Emperor penguins, ants, and the human genome.&nbsp;Reflections on how we may want to adapt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and how vision, creativity and resilience may play a part.&nbsp;Enjoy! And if you'd like to explore this and other topics further, you're very welcome to join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'.---References: ~ Episode quote by Dolly Parton: “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”~3: “Adapt”, Online Etymology Dictionary: Early 15c. "to fit (something, for some purpose)", from Old French, from Latin. Intransitive meaning "to undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances" is from 1956.~4: Bruce Lee: “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”~5: “Circle of Influence” mentioned in “Habit 1: Be Proactive” of the book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey.&nbsp;&nbsp;~6: George Bernard Shaw: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”~7: “A Project Supported by Bill Gates Is Set to Temporarily Dim the Sun” in Entrpreneur.com~9: “Adaptation” in National Geographic Resource Library~10: Types of Adaptations in “Adaptations” in BBC Bitesize&nbsp;~12: Viktor E. Frankl in “Man's Search for Meaning”: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”&nbsp;~13: Ant behaviour in Royal Society Journal ‘Interface’, and specifically about behaviour in water in PBS blog ‘Nature’.&nbsp;&nbsp;~14: “Emergence” chapter in “So Far from home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World” by Margaret J. Wheatley.~18: “Why projects to adapt to climate change backfire” in News by the University of Oxford~20: Carbon offset projects that can harm, e.g. World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs - NGOs and Offsetting carbon emissions: ‘It has proved a minefield’~22: “Himalayas seen for first time in decades from 125 miles away after pollution drop” in The Independent&nbsp;~24: <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2020/11/04/why-2020-has-reminde
Climate Change (Pt 2): "Start with Strong" We revisit Climate Change, this time exploring how we can draw on our individual and collective strengths in tackling it. We learn from UK- and Kenya-based guests - our “guides” - who span local government, community projects, and global business. They share their journeys; their successes, challenges, and learnings; and what strengths have empowered them, their work, and their worlds. Start: We share what’s drawing us to the topic again, and what we mean by strengths. ~12:15: We join our first guide, our very own Elizabeth Wainwright, who focuses on her experiences as a District Councillor in the UK, and specifically her work leading the climate change portfolio. As well as a Councillor, Elizabeth is a freelance writer, and a coach for individuals and organisations, including Arukah Network; an international charity that she developed. She is a RSA Fellow, and holds degrees in International Development and Biology. She is training to lead hiking groups and offer coaching outdoors. ~46:50: We then move to Kenya and meet Robins Ochieng Odiyo and Nicholas Keter who tell us about the impact of climate change in Kiptere and how they drew on the strengths of the community to realise a reafforestation and water project there. Robins says: “I’m a social change agent, who believes everyone has potential, all we need is opportunity. I work with Arukah Network as a Cluster curator and also volunteer in supporting transformation at the grassroots.” Nicholas is Group Secretary at Kiptere Youth Group. He plans and facilitates community stakeholder meetings, e.g. relating to training people on tree planting and spring protection. These meetings include factories and schools to help reach out to many people in different areas. His work has included planting trees in schools and with a factory.~1:14:30: Returning to the UK, we meet Anna Westall who shares her personal and professional journey into climate action and the strengths she has drawn on. She talks about the place of business in climate action and how her employer, Ørsted, moved away from black energy to become the world’s most sustainable energy company. Anna is part of the European commercial team at Ørsted, the leading developers and producers of offshore wind. She leverages experience from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and of exploring sustainable growth equity with a world-class team of sustainability experts.~1:39:00: We close by drawing together our learning and themes for further reflection. If you'd like to explore this and other topics further, you're very welcome to join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'. ----References: ~2: 2021 G7 Summit~2: UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26)~3: Reports, e.g. UNEP Making Peace with Nature; UK Climate Change Commission 6th Carbon Budget~4: Climate Coaches Alliance~5: “Strength”, Online Etymology Dictionary ~7: CTI: “Natural Creative, Resourceful, and Whole”~7: Arukah Network~8: Cormac Russell re. starting with what’s strong not what’s wrong~13: Elizabeth Wainwright on LinkedIn or <a href="https://www.elizabet
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