ONE is exploring the human-nature relationship through diverse ways of seeing, knowing and doing. It emphasizes the agency of consciousness and utilizes qualities of intention, attention and connection to shape how we relate with the world. ONE draws on Integral Ecology, Theory U, 8 Shields and IONS’ transformative approaches as guiding frameworks for cultivating deep learning experiences, regenerative change processes and connected communities of practice aimed at remembering and reimagining our purpose as people on this planet.
Wildlands Studies has been offering international academic field studies programs for almost 40 years. Since 2009, we have designed, facilitated and led six-week university programs for Wildlands Studies in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. These outdoor learning journeys cultivate foundational field skills and personal perspective to support change-making careers in conservation ecology and wildlife management.
eyes4earth.org began as a public outreach initiative aimed at communicating the science of ecosystem services. Led by Dr. Matthew Zylstra, it has since evolved into to a portal for trandisciplinary research and scholarly insight into meaningful nature experience and human-nature connectedness. @eyes4earth is active across multiple social media platforms, showcasing stories and images that promote a “consciousness for connectedness”.
ConserBio supports nature conservation and environmental awareness through scientific research and outreach education, with a focus on coastal and marine habitats in Costa Rica and South Africa (through the Garden Route Dolphin Research Project). EarthCollective has primarily assisted with multimedia design, web hosting, fieldwork and editing of scientific and outreach publications.
“It is a way of being and a way of doing. It is neither business nor non-profit but a collaborative mindset that continuously networks in a way which spawns ideas and actions seeking to serve the greater whole. We see ourselves as part of an ever-changing ecosystem of potential relationships and synergies. So we thrive in exploring new ground, sowing possibility, seeding synchronicity, pollinating networks, and growing robust initiatives that nourish our connections with nature, community and oneself. We enjoy working relatively unseen; behind and between the scenes; just doing what naturally feels a part of who we are in this shared garden of life.”
Participatory Restoration of Ecosystem Services & Natural Capital, Eastern Cape
PRESENCE was an interdisciplinary South-North platform and multi-stakeholder approach designed to further ecosystem research and restoration practice in the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve and beyond. After several EarthCollective facilitated workshops, PRESENCE (led by Dieter Van den Broeck) laid the foundations for a collaborative approach to landscape-scale restoration that is now incorporated into Living Lands’ work across the Cape. The initiative also seeded the PRESENCE Learning Village which was based in the Gamtoos Valley between 2007-2017 but has now been decentralized into various smaller Landscape Hubs that operate within various catchment areas.
Sacred Natural Sites Initiative
Conserving Nature & Culture
The Sacred Natural Sites Initiative (SNSI) had its early beginnings with the Cultural Value of Nature Initiative (CVNI), established by EarthCollective member Bas Verschuuren in 2007 to highlight the importance of cultural and spiritual perspectives in valuing non-human nature. Through further international partnerships and research, CVNI gradually evolved into SNSI which is now building an alliance of custodians, traditional knowledge holders, conservationists, academics and others in support of the conservation and revitalisation of sacred natural sites and territories.
Cultural & Spiritual Values of Protected Areas
CSVPA advises the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas on the appropriate recognition, conservation and promotion of the cultural and spiritual significance of protected areas in their policy, planning, management and evaluation. CSVPA is active in promoting cultural and spiritual values in nature conservation beyond protected areas and supports initiatives that are in accordance with its mission. EarthCollective has provided multimedia and web design and contributed to workshops aimed at drafting Best Practice Guidelines.