Today, it is often said that a change in consciousness is needed to make true change possible. But how does this come about?
My keynote takes you on a journey full of unusual perspectives, indigenous wisdom, inspiring examples of regenerative action and touching anecdotes. Sometimes bold and provocative, sometimes humorous and profound, listeners are reached with good stories and thoughts and inspired to new action.
"When we ask ourselves how we can become sustainable, it is worth learning from the societies that always have been."
My keynotes are tailor-made and offer inspiration, entertainment and new perspectives. They are the right thing for people who are looking for inspiration, depth of content and innovative impulses.
I speak at a variety of events: from conferences, congresses and corporate events to workshops, social events and academic contexts. I offer formats ranging from 15-minute impulses to longer keynote speeches or contributions to discussion panels.
I speak on a selection of topics such as regenerative thinking & action, indigenous knowledge (indigeneity), livingness, organic thinking and future narratives. Metatopics such as sustainability, deep transformation, living future design or regenerative economy always resonate. I usually link and interweave the themes in light of the concrete questions and interests of the audience.
When we ask ourselves how we can become truly sustainable, it is worth learning from the societies that always have been. We embark on a journey to the indigenous Kogi people. This 4000-year-old advanced culture lives in balance with nature and maintains its peaceful and regenerative culture through socially sophisticated practices.
Especially in times of exponential mechanisation, this awareness is of great value "From smart to wise" is the transformation that leads us into a life-enhancing future. Holistic perspectives, living thinking and ecosystemic expertise lead us again to wiser, more resilient and more fruitful decisions. Especially now these qualities are essential for dealing with an increasingly complex future.
The conventional economy is dead. The green and sustainable one does not go far enough. Today, it is no longer about reducing or preventing damage to people and the ecosystem. Only if we find our way into a form of thinking and acting that is fundamentally conducive to life and regenerates our world and society, do we have a chance for the future.
The keynote shows how sustainability can succeed. Regenerative awareness is the basis for new forms of economy and entrepreneurial approaches, which as pioneers drive the new culture of vitality. The many worldwide examples of success are encouraging and show that regenerative thinking and action lead to particular success.
We have all forgotten something. It is the famous elephant in the room that we sense even if we cannot name it. We have forgotten the living. But what is meant by this? All life flourishes under the right conditions: ecosystems, people and businesses. Why do we often feel drained? Why do we as a society need more and more energy?
For far too long, we have oriented our thinking and actions towards the machine as a metaphor. But we are not machines and neither are our organisations. Energy, creativity and fulfilment come from the living. So what would happen if we took the living systems of nature as a model for our actions again?
A healthy organism flourishes, only a sick one fights against itself. But we humans often seem to mainly prevent ourselves from living and get tangled up in our contradictions. Who doesn't know that in companies the sales department fights against the sustainability department?
It is about understanding ourselves and our world deeply as an organism again. No plant or animal tries to win the spring. Only through this is the inconceivable coordination achievement of the annual blossoming possible, self-organised, without management or action plan.
The story of "more and more" is dead. The promise of more growth, more money, more power is in its last foothills. At the moment, there are a multitude of competing narratives for our future: salvation through technology, sustainability through saving CO2 and, of course, disasters of all kinds.
But we lack lively narratives about the future. Many people, but also organisations, no longer assume a positive future and this is precisely what determines our actions. What does the story look like in which we have succeeded in transformation? Who are the protagonists? And what role do we ourselves play in it?
"Nature is the most successful company of all time."
Prof. Frederic Vester