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Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times

Resilience:  the capacity to absorb shocks to the system without losing the ability to function. And more:  the capacity to turn adversity to one's advantage, to transform misfortune into good fortune. Can whole societies make themselves resilient in the face of traumatic change? These are not idle questions. Climate change, social unrest, economic hardship and inequality, and other emerging trends will require us both individually and collectively to adapt to unprecedented changes with both grit and grace. What can we learn from nature, which has had billions of years to evolve, about how to let go of old ways and adapt to new conditions while maintaining our essential integrity?  In April 2008, the first global conference on societal resilience drew together natural and social scientists from around the world in Stockholm, Sweden to share insights from nature that can be applied to human societies experiencing traumatic change under conditions of extreme stress.  This program, drawn from the archives of the internationally syndicated radio show, A World of Possibilities , features conversations with six leading natural and social scientists discussing how natural and human systems both learn to adapt to change in creative and regenerative ways.

Guests include:

Crawford Stanley (Buzz) Holling, Emeritus Professor of Ecological Sciences, University of Florida; Brian Walker, Author, Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World ; Carl Folke, Editor in Chief, Ecology and Society, Resilience Alliance, Stockholm; Charles Redman, Director, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University; Will Steffan, Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University; Frances Westley, Chair, Social Innovation Generation, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 


Cacao:  Back to the Garden

The Remarkable Role of Cocoa in Reviving Biodiversity

Species of both plants and animals are dying out at unprecedented rates. Overpopulation, industrialization, and mono-cropping are stressing the world's food supply.  Now radical shifts in climate change could conceivably trigger ecological and economic collapse.  In this program we hear from specialists worldwide in the new science of agro-biodiversity who are combining the best of both ancient and organic agriculture and using cacao’s charismatic attraction to inspire the replanting of tropical rain forests, stabilize the climate, raise incomes for farmers, and improve human health.