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Special Update

Geoversity

Over the last two years, Earth Train has been coordinating the planning of Geoversity

Geoversity is a newly formed alliance of entities that share a commitment to “learning from and partnering with nature”.

Evolving as an ecosystem blending science, business and the arts, Geoversity is dedicated to modeling ways whereby human design, enterprise and creative expression can evolve and thrive inspired by nature and in harmony with nature. Among the institutional founders of Geoversity are Earth Train Foundation; Rainforest Capital; Forest Finance; the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH); the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands; and Fundación Ciudad del Saber.

Earth Train is currently hosting Geoversity.org, that is the secretariat of the alliance that will ultimately become a separate not-for-profit corporation.

Here you can read the Strategic Planning and Start-Up whitepaper edited by Dr. David S. Ricketts of the Center for Technology and Innovation at Harvard University, a report on the Geoversity planning session held in Panama in February, 2016.

Visit geoversity.org and Geoversity Facebook page for more details.

Our Mission and Vision

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Earth Train envisions a world where human values, enterprise and habitat are in harmony with nature. Our mission is to promote biocultural renewal—that is the practice of creating sustainable communities and institutions in harmony with nature and enriched with biological and cultural diversity.

We work toward our mission through:

  • Peer-to-peer teaching
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Cross-cultural and cross-generational coaching and mentoring
  • Experiential learning
  • Creating learning organizations
  • Cultivating biocultural business

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By Elliot Blumberg 28 July, 2015

Pablo and Rachel prepare to bring the donated food down in Centro Mamoní’s workshop. Talks with Isabel, El Valle’s teacher, were productive and positive. Pablo unwraps the food donations for the town. The students enthusiastically participate in storing food donations. Soon, this town will be nutritionally independent! Marcelino explains the success and productivity of his garden to Rachel and Pablo.

Today, in the ongoing effort to promote food security in the Mamoní Valley, co-directors of food production and community management - Pablo Tocalini and Rachel Worthington - ventured out to El Valle to start talks with the local teacher about building community gardens there in the future. The plan is to replicate the success of San José’s community gardens in every community. They also spoke to locals about their own agricultural ventures and to get the town buzzing about the prospect of a public garden. Finally, the duo distributed food donated from the International School of Panama. We hope to find contented hearts in El Valle soon enough!

GRIT Graduation

By Elliot Blumberg 23 July, 2015

Greetings from GRIT! The participants for GRIT’s pilot program graduated to the city this evening after a four-day, three-night hiking and kayaking adventure that took them through the rainforest, into Guna Yala and out onto the region’s islands.

The journey commenced with a four-hour hike from Centro Mamoní to the Mamoní River. After practicing for a bit, GRIT dove in and spent the rest of the day on the river paddling to the campsite, where we got our tarps, hammocks and tents set up.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast of oats and peanut butter, the GRIT squad stepped back onto the ultra lightweight kayaks and set off for Cangandí. After a light lunch at Cangandí Falls, the group surged on to the town, where the village kids met them to play in the river. The playing and dancing laster long into the night.

The final day and night were spent on the Guna Islands, where GRIT got an insider’s look into one of the Guna traditions of communal creation and imbibing of chicha fuerte - or fermented sugarcane (sorry, no photos were allowed!). And finally, the crew snorkeled, showered, relaxed and bedded down on Isla Aroma.

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