On this episode of the Regenerative Rising Podcast: Elevating Stories Activating Change, host Nisha Mary Poulose, Executive Director of Regenerative Rising, engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Jon Schull, a biological psychologist, entrepreneur, and digital community organizer. Dr. Schull shares his journey from founding e-NABLE.org, an international philanthropic community for 3D printed prosthetics, to setting up the EcoRestoration Alliance—a global network of scientists, earth stewards, storytellers and grassroots leaders united in the conviction that ecosystem restoration, conservation, agroecology, accelerated rewilding, and allied practices can solve the climate and biodiversity crises.
Dr. Schull explains the magnificent complexity with which nature functions at eco-systemic and planetary scales and the power of decentralized and collaborative action in restoring the balance of climate and ecology. He explores the tapestry of ecological functions that work in harmony to create conditions for life, and goes on to highlight the wisdom of nature that can provide the urgent solutions we need. He takes us on a journey around the world, illustrating the interconnectedness of systems, the realities of human interruption, and pathways towards regeneration.
Dr. Schull and Nisha discuss the challenges and intricacies of ecosystem restoration, emphasizing the need to understand the unique qualities of each environment and the importance of harnessing the ancient intelligence of nature and indigenous communities. Dr. Schull outlines the craft of ecosystem restoration, underscoring the opportunity to work with nature, learning from its time-tested models, and implementing diverse interventions born out of native contexts. He emphasizes the role of cooperation in ecological and human systems, advocating for methodologies that align with indigenous practices and worldviews. Dr. Schull presents a compelling argument that illuminates the transformative potential of eco-system restoration as a swift and impactful pathway out of the polycrises. He goes on to highlight the urgent need for a collective response and the choice we hold as humanity to choose the path towards an ‘Epochal renaissance.’
This uplifting conversation traverses across systemic realities and empowering solutions, and culminates in a powerful call to action and spotlights many tangible ways to get involved. As Dr. Schull suggests, “If everyone gets inspired, the world really can recover.”
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