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Cancelled: Learning Lab: Nature's Models for Collaboration
With Toby Herzlich, Founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Healthy thriving ecosystems are built on relationships - an intricate web of collaboration in which organisms form enduring partnerships that offer vital benefits to each other and to the system as a whole. These "mutualisms" embody success strategies that have evolved over the 3.8 billion years of life's development on Earth. 

What strategies might we learn from the perfect creative partnerships between plants and their pollinators? How might our communities cooperate as healthy interdependent systems, the way a thriving forest does? How might nature's intelligence help us think differently about co-evolving our collaborations for mutual benefit and resilience in challenging times? There is much that we can learn from the natural world by studying and practicing these deep partnership patterns.

This workshop will offer an overview of Biomimicry as a social innovation process, with deeper insight into nature's best collaboration practices. It will feature a science-based focus on "Four Key Criteria for Enduring Partnerships" and the kinds of mutual benefits that we see evidenced in the natural world. With inspiration from species such as ravens, sea anenome, mushrooms, and aspen trees, participants will have an opportunity to examine their own partnerships and discover ways to improve collaborative durability and effectiveness.

What if we could thrive as interdependent systems, the way a forest does? How might nature's intelligence help us think differently about co-evolving our collaborations for mutual benefit and resilience in challenging times?


TL Herzlich

Toby Herzlich is the Founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, an enterprise dedicated to applying nature’s genius to leadership, social change, and organizational development. She is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and key faculty in Biomimicry 3.8’s Professional Certification Program. Based in Santa Fe, Toby has 29 years of experience facilitating leadership development and organizational change processes, in New Mexico and around the world. She speaks and trains nationally and internationally, with recent appearances at the national Bioneers conference,  the Festival of Faiths, webinars for Sustainable Brands and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and upcoming 2020 workshop offerings including Biomimicry for Social Innovation, and Living Systems Leadership, a retreat for Women.

Toby is a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and co-founder of the Cultivating Women’s Leadership and Women Leading Change training intensives. Her organizational consulting includes clients such as the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Sierra Club, Southwest Organizing Project, the Ford Foundation, Levis Strauss and Company, and the Navajo Nation. She finds much of her purpose in catalyzing diverse networks of social change innovators, including the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, the Women’s International Climate Summit, and the Young Climate Leaders, and intends to germinate a co-evolving network of leaders using nature’s intelligence as guidance and inspiration. Toby trains and coaches progressive leaders in the US and internationally, cultivating skills and practices through which we can collectively create a healthy, just, and regenerative society.

Location: Virtual
Fees: No charge. Please register!
Calendar: Nonprofit Events and Technical Assistance
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