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Published in Shashwat, Vol 6, Issue 7, December 2020 & online


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The Eyes of the World (Image: Lourdes Foundation)

La “teoría de Santiago sobre la cognición” propuesta por los biólogos y neurocientíficos chilenos Humberto Maturana y Francisco Varela ofrece una manera científica de entender el proceso por el cual los sistemas vitales practican la “autopoiesis” (autocreación o autogeneración) entrando en relaciones que distinguen el yo del otro sin perder su interconectividad fundamental con su medio.

El acto del “acoplamiento estructural”, o relación con el otro, permite al sistemavital definirse en relación con su medio como algo separado y sin embargo conectado. Lo que es más importante, el medio que se define por el acto inicial de distinción del yo…


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Grabado de 1888 que muestra un supuesto “misionero cristiano” asomándose más allá del límite de la Tierra, representada como una superficie plana cubierta por la bóveda celeste.

Uno de los primeros pasos decisivos en cualquier proceso que nos permita aprender cómo pensar de manera diferente es empezar a cuestionar nuestras propias suposiciones y los modelos mentales que utilizamos.

P ¿Qué estamos dando por hecho?

P ¿Qué “hechos” estamos interpretando para alcanzar nuestras conclusiones y por qué?

P ¿Cómo pueden los modelos mentales y las metáforas que usamos influenciar nuestro entendimiento de la situación a la que nosenfrentamos?

La mayoría de la gente piensa que la percepción es el simple acto de abrir los ojos y ver lo que hay allí afuera, un mundo de hechos claramente observables…


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Image from ‘Communities of Hope’ Documentary

A Conversation between Prof. Declan Kennedy and Daniel Wahl

On January 20th, 2021 I spend a delightful hour and a half with one of the people I would call a real role model or better someone who I feel has served me as a role model. From the very first time we met, I felt that Declan and I could be related. The ginger haired Irishman and I could easily pass as father and son. What’s more we clicked in a way that this feeling was and is mutual. …


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A conversation with the one and only Albert Bates

On December 23rd I caught up with a long time friend from the Global Ecovillage Network, the living legend Albert Bates.


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Mountain Forest (Wiki Media Commons)

A conversation between Giles Hutchins and Daniel Wahl

On January 15th, 2021 Giles Hutchins and I had a very wide ranging conversation about our shared passion for reconnecting people with nature, themselves and each other so that they can take leadership through leading a life in service to a larger whole.

Giles shared in a beautifully open way about how certain childhood experience of unity consciousness within the natural world served as pointers to set him on a journey. We talked about his experience of later working within KPMG and Atos Consulting for whom he lead the global sustainability team.

Giles started to reweave his love for nature…


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Ecosystems Restoration Camp Symposium

On January 28th, 2021, the Ecosystems Restoration Camps Foundation, teamed up with ‘Biodiversity for a Livable Climate’ and the ‘UN Decade on Restoration’ to host the first in a series of symposia on how to turn the intention behind the decade on ecosystems restoration into action on the ground. I will get back to this seminar and link the recording below.

The success of Ecosystems Restoration Camps rapid spread over the last couple of years shows that there are people all over the world ready to take an active role in restoring the ecosystems they live in. …


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Jeremy and I met at the NOW Assembly in Delphi, Greece, in October of 2019

A conversation between Jeremy Lent and Daniel Wahl

On December 15th I had one of the most enjoyable conversations of this year with de delightfully polymathic Jeremy Lent about his path towards becoming one of the most elegant voices of humanity’s search for new and at the same time very ancient meaning.

With his 2017 published masterpiece ‘The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning’ Jeremy made a strong opening for a project that has always been a trilogy in his mind.

In our conversation we explored Jeremy’s own story and his personal search that led him to both deep study and deep practice. …


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A conversation between Laura Storm and Daniel Wahl

On January 8th I finally managed to connect with Laura Storm who I have been wanting to talk to for quite some time but wanted to do so in a spacious way when I had time. In the end we did this 90 minuted recording and then continued for another 90 minutes off record. The very fact that our first conversation turn out to be 3 hours shows how much Laura and I resonate with each others work, passions and calling.

We started off exploring whether we had actually been in the same room during events at COP 15 in…


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What would a regenerative economy be like?

Most of us were raised and educated within the cultural narrative of separation, which engenders scarcity, competition and alienation. We are carrying the habit of seeing the world in this way. Our worldview influences our judgement and behaviour. If we are willing to try on another worldview and perspective for size, we can often see connections and opportunities that we were blind to. All perspectives come with a blind-spot, hence we need to learn to value multiple perspectives as well as to question our own.

Regenerative cultures will facilitate the healthy personal development of a human being from ego-centric, to…

Daniel Christian Wahl

Catalysing transformative innovation, cultural co-creation, whole systems design, and bioregional regeneration. Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures

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