Episode 21

Denise DeLuca: Approaching life from Nature's paradigm

How might we approach life from Nature's paradigm rather than from the dominant paradigm?

In this episode, I speak with Denise DeLuca. Denise is the founder of Wild Hazel. She is an adjunct faculty and the former Director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program. She was co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. Denise is the author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation. She also teaches with the Amani Institute.

Denise’s previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, Project Manager for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute. Denise is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modelling landscape-scale surface and groundwater interactions. In addition, Denise is a Biomimicry Fellow and a member of the Advisory Council of The Biomimicry Institute Board Member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), on the editorial board of the Journal of Bionic Engineering, and anExpert with Katerva.

We discuss:

🥥 Emergent abundance as means of cultivating ego-less, curious, and thriving relationships, thinking, and feeling;

🥥 How we can learn as Nature, not always from or about Nature, which is a shift in how we respond to the world (away from problem-solution mindsets)

🥥 How imagining and describing the world we want to create opens up new possibilities for non-linear thinking and ways of becoming.

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Check out Wild Hazel: www.wildhazel.net

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The Coconut Thinking podcast brings together educational provocateurs who are re-thinking school as a concept and a space.