Galina, originally from Minsk in Belorussia of the old Soviet Union, has had a lifetime working with children, their learning, with family and extended family.
From non-cesarean birth which is best, to parenting via the "Sunday Club" of specific quiet times with ones child, brings about a profound healing and bonding.
After being caught in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that affected the Ukraine, Belorussia and many parts of Europe, Galina a young mother, found herself involved in taking news crews through the area and becoming involved in health and healing of those affected by radiation. Particularly using alternative methods including herbal remedies.
By working and playing with children she found that when adults play and become more child like, profound changes happen for all involved.
Being in the now, and in particular singing with your children, and in singing words builds a wonderful rapport that validates a deepening relationship with ones child establishing trust, which enables good, warm hearted and successful parenting.
In 1980 Jakob von Uexküll founded with his own resources the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, which is awarded each year in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.
Since 1980, 133 people and organisations from 57 countries have been recognised in this way for their great commitment and selfless service to a better world.
In 2007, after many years’ preliminary work, Jakob von Uexküll also founded The World Future Council. The Council comprises 50 internationally known figures, including several winners of the Alternative Nobel Prize.
They work as the “voice of future generations” to ensure that we pass on a healthy world worth living in, to our descendants.
Listen to a very connected person describe how the privileged elite are grimly holding on to the old paradigm, when we urgently need to be working towards a more sustainable and just world view.
New Zealand's current stance regarding Co2 emissions is being seen as outrageous for a country with such a clean green image and that the old ways of activism, including civil disobedience and communicating personally with our elected representatives are as valid today as they were in the past.
As an environmental artist and activist he works mainly with recycled materials to raise awareness of the importance of waste minimization, recycling, & the conservation of the natural world.
“My aim is to inspire people to take personal responsibility for their own environmental footprint, & to encourage them to “make a difference”.
Martin has spent time at street level picking up household trash and is now one of NZs up and coming garbage artists, but much more, he is using his art awareness of industrial and household waste to make us more conscious of our propensity as the 5th largest producer per capita of garbage and trash, to change our ways.
From his home in Browns Bay he trash-trawls, dumpster-dives & beachcombs to collect detritus from the global scrapheap to make into recycled art - mainly sculptural pieces & contemporary fashion accessories.
Listen to an entertaining and often very funny discussion on how rubbish has been the off-handedly got rid of since we in NZ lost the plot after being potty trained.
Logan Muller is one of Unitec's Senior Academic researchers. His expertise is the use of IT in the development of sustainability.
His PhD is in socially and environmentally sustainable business. He has implemented the model in New Zealand and in the remote areas of the Andean mountains in Peru.
The model has been adopted by the Peruvian Government and endorsed by the Latin American Telecommunications Council as a successful poverty alleviation method.
However as one of NZs most active academics in IT for Sustainability, Logan is making changes at the grass roots and hands on level and policy making areas.
Listen to a passionate story of insight and experience on how we can solve so many of our challenges here on Spaceship Earth, and empower people particularly those who have never had a say, through IT, especially utilising the world wide web.
As an emergent species the possibility to instigate positive change starting from oneself, families, and community, to cluster of communities is now in the ascendant.
The tools are here, and are available to lift the aspirations of the many into a more heart centred and conscious relationship with society and the land both locally and globally.