Fostering Dialogue, Cultivating Change
From everyone at the Natural Capital Project, sincere thanks to the attendees, presenters, and facilitators of the 2019 Natural Capital Symposium. At the Symposium, leaders from around the world come together at Stanford University to drive innovation and empower decisions informed by nature’s benefits to people. This year, 400 people from academia, NGO’s, government, and private industry came from 30+ countries to work towards our shared goal of a more sustainable, livable planet.
We were honored to officially welcome our newest partner, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, at this year’s Symposium. Read more.
Gretchen Daily opens the 2019 Symposium
Spotlight Panel: Natural Capital Approaches in India
All People, All In: Leading the Charge for a Livable Planet
Laura Huffman, The Nature Conservancy
Laura Kwong explores virtual reality in the Communicating and Visualizing Natural Capital interactive session. Photo Credit: Sarah Cafasso
Anne Guerry, NatCap Chief Strategy Officer, introduces the Natural Capital Project approach on Monday Morning. Photo Credit: Justin Warren
NatCap Managing Director Mary Ruckelshaus discusses the global reach of the Natural Capital Project network. Photo Credit: Justin Warren
Panel discussion on Building a Resilient Food System in the New Frontiers Track. Photo Credit: Sarah Cafasso
Attendees from the Chinese Academy of Sciences mingle at Monday’s happy hour and networking session. Photo Credit: Laura Kwong
Monday’s poster session highlighted the diverse work of the NatCap network. Photo Credit: Laura Kwong
Overheard at #NatCap2019
Poems about People and Nature: A Selection from Tuesday’s Poetry Reading
If you shared a poem during the Symposium (or if you’d like to do so now) and haven’t yet shared it with the organizers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be included in our collection.
By Adeniran Akanni, Chief Scientific Officer, Lagos State of Environment, Lagos, Nigeria
There is so much questions than answer.
The more I find out, the less I know,
Yes the more I find out the less I know.
And I ask myself time and time again
Why there is so much questions among men
What do we search?
How do we search?
How far must we research?
Prerequisites for Preservation
By Naima, Climbing Poetree
we’re gonna need to get organized
live beyond boundaries
soften our hearts
talk to each other
we’re gonna need to leave behind our baggage
relinquish our comfort
release our control
we’re gonna need to give up our addictions
confront our pain
ask for help
give more than we take
we’re gonna need to dream bigger
we’re gonna need to remember
we’re gonna need to forgive
we’re gonna need to let go
we’re gonna need to let go
we’re gonna need to feel fully
revive our intuition
make up our minds
we’re gonna need to look at ourselves
reconcile our ignorance
we’re gonna need to need less
peel away the nonessential
break a sweat
we’re gonna need to heal our fears
tell our secrets
share with our enemies
we’re gonna need to study existence
refine our dreams
mediate our shadows
cure our disbelief
we’re gonna need to practice magic
we’re gonna need to cherish water
we’re gonna need to grieve
we’re gonna need to move on
we’re gonna need to stay focused
we’re gonna need to be strong
tend our commitment to beauty
fuel our devotion to truth
we’re gonna need to pray
we’re gonna need to follow through
we’re gonna need to
we’re gonna need to trust
we’re gonna need to give light
we’re gonna give light
we are light
The Reputations of Birds
By Joanne Arnott
Clay-coloured Thrush in a flowering bush
Great-tailed Grackle screech and staccato, massing, encompassing the sky
Long-tailed Manakin in private glen, swift-dancing twosome, threesome, something for the ladies
White-throated Magpie-Jay, elegant matriarch, mother of the clan
? Whose song causes the heart to lift?
? Whose presence engenders baleful looks, tension, thoughts of foreigners, aliens, thieves, bravado?
In the more-or-less harmonious strivings
the to-ing and fro-ing
? Do we think of the birds?
? How do we think of the birds?
? What do we think of the birds?
*Written for Alejandra Echeverri about her ecological research
By Rudyard Kipling
(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)