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We are looking forward to the first session of our inaugural conversation series, Exploring the Sustainability Challenge, now just over a week away. The first event in the series, Setting the Context: Sustainability is a System's State, will take place on Thursday, April 29th, at 6:00 p.m. EDT. There is still time to register if you haven't already! . The event will feature an interview of Michael Ben-Eli, founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, by Elizabeth Thompson, former Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. The conversation will explore the concept of sustainability through a systems perspective, and highlight the implication of understanding sustainability as an inevitable system's state, rather than a mere goal as it is regarded by most. . This free series will take place throughout the remainder of 2021, with Michael Ben-Eli engaged in conversation with a thought leader each month, on some of the most urgent sustainability issues facing the planet. More information and register here [link in bio as well!]: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148642807639 . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #ecosystemrestoration #climatechange #biodiversity #systemsscience #sustainableeconomy #globalsustainability #artandsustainability #conversationseries #thoughtleaders #interview #freeevent #zoomevent

Don't miss the latest update from Project Wadi Attir, our flagship sustainable development project with a Bedouin community in the Negev Desert! Project Wadi Attir has withstood many challenges during the past year, and we're happy to report on many new and exciting updates at the project. Don't miss our detailed spring update, here: tinyurl.com/3ht3as7s . You can also find this update on our website at sustainabilitylabs.org/wadiattir/updates-news/ . @projectwadiattir . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #ProjectWadiAttir #NegevDesert #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainablefarming #sustainableagriculture #regenerativeagriculture #ecosystemrestoration #desertification #bedouin #bedouinlife #ngo #greeningthedesert #desertspring

Join us for the launch of our inaugural conversation series: Exploring the Sustainability Challenge. Each month, Michael Ben-Eli, founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, will engage in a conversation over Zoom with a thought leader on some of the most urgent issues facing the planet today. . This free series will begin on April 29th, 2021, with Michael Ben-Eli being interviewed by Elizabeth Thompson, former Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute (@buckyfullerinst). We can't wait to see you there! . For more information and to register for the event, please see this link [also in bio!]: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-the-sustainability-challenge-tickets-148642807639 . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #ecosystemrestoration #climatechange  #biodiversity #systemsscience #sustainableeconomy #globalsustainability #artandsustainability #conversationseries #thoughtleaders #interview #freeevent #zoomevent

These aren't just any pools of water! This photo shows rainwater retention at Project Wadi Attir, our flagship sustainable development project with a Bedouin community in the Negev Desert. The project's ecosystem restoration initiative restored a formerly heavily degraded site to agricultural productivity - the land in this photo was completely barren just 12 years ago! After remodeling the topography of the land using low-impact, low-earth mounds and engaging in massive planting efforts, rainwater that previously ran right off the site now infiltrates into the ground, providing important moisture for soils and plants. Today the site is the lush oasis that you see before you. . For more information about the ecosystem restoration initiative at Project Wadi Attir, please see the initiative's dedicated website (sustainabilitylabs.org/ecosystem-restoration/). @projectwadiattir . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #ProjectWadiAttir #NegevDesert #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainablefarming #sustainableagriculture #regenerativeagriculture #ecosystemrestoration #desertification #rainwater #rainwaterharvesting #rainwatercollection #waterharvesting #watersaving

How are people impacted by participating in programs of The Sustainability Laboratory? We recently caught up with Johanny Pestalozzi, who won our Sustainability Prize at EARTH University (@u_earth) in 2010. Now a decade later, Johanny updated us on how her participation in the Sustainability Prize program impacted her way of thinking and helped guide her career. Please enjoy this interview with Johanny [link in bio!!]. . [Caption text] "Winning The Sustainability Laboratory's Sustainability Prize at EARTH University served as an encouragement to keep visualizing a better future and continue to design initiatives to bring people together and raise sustainability awareness." -Johanny Pestalozzi, 2010 Sustainability Prizewinner . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #SustainabilityPrize #EarthUniversity #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #sustainabilityeducation #changemaker #futureleaders #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainableplanet #sustainabilitychallenge #interview #womanleader #womanentreprenuer #entrepreneurship #sustainabilityproject

In spite of the challenges posed by this year, at The Sustainability Laboratory we have remained committed to advancing a transformative sustainability agenda. Over the last few weeks we've shared many messages of hope depicting our work, and now we're looking forward to a better and brighter 2021 for all. Will you help us address key global sustainability issues in 2021? . For a round-up of our messages of hope and to make a contribution, please see the link in our bio! . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #ProjectWadiAttir #GlobalSustainabilityFellows #GSF #sustainabilityeducation #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systems #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #changemaker #disruptiveinnovation #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainableplanet #sustainabilitychallenge #yearend #hopeforthefuture

Who are the people impacted by The Sustainability Laboratory's work? Today we are happy to introduce you to some members of our community, including participants in our educational programs, staff at Project Wadi Attir (@projectwadiattir our flagship development project with a Bedouin community in the Negev Desert), and some of our friends and advisors. . We hope you enjoy hearing their reflections on how our work has impacted them personally, and furthers the global sustainability agenda ⏩ Link in bio! . [Caption text] "The Sustainability Laboratory is a pioneer organization developing models and blueprints for facing the most complex socio-ecological realities. In addressing sustainability challenges, it is achieving—in the most difficult contexts—what can otherwise seem impossible." -Vanessa Armendariz, Global Sustainability Fellows (GSF) faculty member and 2014-2015 GSF Fellow . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #ProjectWadiAttir #GlobalSustainabilityFellows #GSF #sustainabilityeducation #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systems #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #changemaker #disruptiveinnovation #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainableplanet #sustainabilitychallenge #testimonials #inspirationalquotes

Do you believe that this thriving oasis of plants, animals, insects, and life used to be a barren, degraded patch of desert? This is The Sustainability Laboratory's ecosystem restoration initiative at Project Wadi Attir. It demonstrates an effective approach to combatting desertification, enhancing biodiversity, and mitigating the effects of climate change. . For more information, photos, and impacts, please see the link in our bio! . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #ProjectWadiAttir #NegevDesert #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #changemaker #disruptiveinnovation #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainablefarming #sustainableagriculture #regenerativeagriculture #ecosystemrestoration #landrestoration #drylands #desertification

Project Wadi Attir, our flagship development project with a Bedouin community in the Negev, has had numerous positive impacts... advancing gender equality being just one of them! Don't miss some words of hope from Lina Alatawna, the CEO of Project Wadi Attir and a young woman from the Bedouin community, about her personal journey, vision for the future, and the project's transformative approach to sustainability. Link in bio! . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #ProjectWadiAttir #NegevDesert #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #changemaker #disruptiveinnovation #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #womensempowerment #womenleaders #womeninbusiness #genderequality #femaleceo #femaleleadership #bedouin #interview

Our Global Sustainability Fellows (GSF) program is helping equip the next generation of international leaders with the tools to address the urgent sustainability challenges facing the planet. We're currently planning for the next GSF session, and we're hopeful that its participants will be instrumental in helping guide the planet to a sustainable future! . For more information about our GSF program, see the link in our bio! Swipe through for some photos from our past programs in Israel and Costa Rica. . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #TheLab #GlobalSustainabilityFellows #GSF #sustainabilityeducation #fellowship #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systems #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #changemaker #disruption #disruptiveinnovation #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #sustainableplanet #sustainabilitychallenge

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The Sustainability Laboratory was established to address the urgent sustainability challenges facing the planet, with the goal of expanding prospects and producing positive, life-affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world. Don't miss this video that highlights the origins of The Sustainability Laboratory, our current initiatives, and our impacts. . For more information, please see our website: sustainabilitylabs.org . #TheSustainabilityLaboratory #TheLab #MichaelBenEli #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #SDGs #sustainabledesign #systems #systemsthinking #designthinking #designlab #innovationlab #innovativedesign #circulareconomy #sustainabilitymatters #sustainabilityeducation #changemaker #futureleaders #disruption #disruptiveinnovation #innovativeideas #sustainablefuture #experimentation #designcommunity #designstrategy #buckminsterfuller #thoughtleader #sustainableplanet #sustainabilitychallenge

It's #ClimateWeek! Scroll through to learn more about our work at The Sustainability Laboratory and how it addresses climate change. . [Caption text] Slide 1: "How are we addressing climate change at The Sustainability Laboratory? Our approach to sustainability strives for high resource productivity while employing regenerative energy sources, and demonstrating "closed-loop" systems that convert wastes into resources. We research and showcase innovative, green technologies, and our sustainable development projects provide opportunities to implement these closed-loop systems on the ground. For example..." . Slide 2: "The ecosystem restoration initiative at our flagship project, Project Wadi Attir, restored a formerly degraded tract of land to productivity, demonstrating an effective, low-cost approach to combating desertification, enhancing biodiversity, and contributing to mitigating effects of climate change. Today, the site sequesters 3-5 tons of CO2-equivalent per hectare per year into soil and biomass!" . Slide 3: "The integrated infrastructure of green technologies at Project Wadi Attir is designed to enable the project to meet its energy needs while limiting harmful emissions and demonstrating a waste-to-resources approach. Technologies employed at the project include: a drip irrigation system, biogas production, a composting facility, a soil enhancement program, wastewater recycling, and a hybrid solar energy and storage system." . Slide 4: "Our research, development, and educational programs will continue to address climate issues as part of our comprehensive approach to sustainability. For more information about our work and approach, please see our website: sustainabilitylabs.org"