Nature does not see a problem and then set out to find a solution. Rather, nature reacts to the present reality not with solutions but adaptations. It takes what is already there and builds what will fit. The designer that is nature doesn’t look for problems to solve, but opportunities to grow and to innovate.
2018 in Review
A year ago, we set out to bring together groups of diverse individuals in nature to discuss how a small group can make a great impact, while utilizing nature as our inspiration.
The causes varied from challenging our children to spend more time outdoors, utilizing nature as a catalyst for mindfulness, - becoming aware of our personal investment's impact on our communities, along with our businesses and the role of leaders to impact employees, customers, and the world.
When Nicole DeMeo first stepped on the land, she felt a powerful connection. Monterey greeted her with a bright blue sky, cooling breeze and calming view of the ocean. As she walked the trails among the old growth coastal oaks, she began to feel the business of the city fall away. Her focus turned to her passions and the inspiring people with whom she would be spending the day discussing them. “I felt immediately connected with the group,” she said. “Being in nature let me slow down and listen to everyone there.”
Minutes after we stepped out of the car, my daughters ran off, and I suddenly lost the urge to grab their hands and pull them towards me. The city buzz and traffic began to slip away, and the toys they were playing with in the car got tucked into the trunk. Crane flies now danced around the lighted tents as the warm spring day faded to a cooling dusk. The kids started to gather twigs and mint-colored lichen to create impromptu foraged art.