Nature is our meeting room
At School of the Wild, we’re driven by one idea: nature brings out the best in people.
All our programmes are based on the principle that connecting people and the world begins with making nature itself the meeting room.
Studies have shown that outdoor learning correlates with:
• greater group bonding and cohesion,
• levelling of hierarchies,
• enhanced learning outcomes,
• increased creative thinking
• greater well-being,
• more concentration,
• better behaviour,
• improved memory and confidence.
Plus the best conversations and ideas don’t happen in meeting rooms!
And to paraphrase Einstein: you can’t solve problems in the same place you created them.
How one UK business is making itself even more environmentally friendly by giving nature a seat on the board. Could you do the same?
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A couple of weeks ago I went to a really inspiring talk by Mika Peck, Professor of Conservation Ecology at Sussex University, about the Rights of Nature.
While many of us are concerned that human activities are causing runaway climate and ecological breakdown, there is a global counter-movement that is trying to rebalance things by adopting a different worldview - from one that sees nature as our property, to one where nature has its own rights.
Already a number of rivers and ecosystems in 24 countries from the USA to New Zealand have been granted personhood in law. Ecuador in particular made history when it changed its entire constitution to enshrine nature’s rights. When that was tested in 2021, the courts revoked mining licences in protected regions.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.