EP14: Katherine & Markus Ottmers || Connecting with Place

Photo by Thursa Kelly Price

Photo by Thursa Kelly Price

Welcome to Life-Centered, a podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.

In this episode Amelia Tracy and I had a chance to talk with Markus and Katherine Ottmers. We first learned of the Ottmers from the book Water in Plain Sight by Judith Schwartz - and reached out to learn more about how they have learned from nature to create a thriving life in the desert.

Together they run Ottmers & Ottmers a mom and pop business centered around local economy and local food, providing “Solutions Based Education Service.”  We dive into their approach learning from the land, connecting with people, and creating positive impact as a keystone species in the world. Enjoy.

Show Notes

EP12: Tariq Al Olaimy || Reconcile With Nature

Welcome to Life-Centered, the podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.

I’m Tim McGee, and in this episode Amelia Tracy and I talk with Tariq Al Olaimy. I first met Tariq years ago at a biomimicry workshop, and have been following his globetrotting career with a sense of wonder. If you follow Tariq on Instagram or twitter (and I suggest that you do) you begin to realize his passion, energy, and peace towards the world is infectious. With his sister Leena, Tariq is the co-founder of the Bahrain based Think & Do Tank 3BL associates, and as a result he finds himself squarely at the crossroads of connecting people, organizations, and the natural world for a more peaceful and prosperous future.

This has been one of my favorite episodes to edit, in part because every time I listen through the audio I learn something new. The conversation is rich with links to big projects and ideas that are changing the world - from resources that help social entrepreneurs find a wellspring of wellbeing, to the emerging legal, social, and business implications of partnering with natural systems like a river or a forest. Enjoy.

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Ep11: Oak Tree || On Saving Time

Hello Friends, and welcome to life centered. This weeks short in-between episode is an experiment of sorts. If you like it, please let us know in the comments or on our Patreon Page. The following letter was inspired by the stoic writings of Marcus Aurelius, yet with a twist. Instead of seeking wisdom from the ancients, we look to a much older source of wisdom, nature itself. In this episode we hear from the oak tree, counseling us on how to save time. Enjoy!

Episode 6: Kathy Zarsky

Welcome to Life-Centered, a podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.

I’m Tim McGee, and in this episode Amelia Tracy and I talk with Kathy Zarsky. Kathy is founder of the Austin Texas based company Holos, and as a Strategy and Systems Designer she has worked with some of the most progressive architecture and design firms on the planet. She is also founder of Biomimicry Texas, a regional network that brings together people to be inspired by and stimulate biomimicry within education and enterprise.

I consider myself lucky to have known and worked with Kathy for years, and today we talked about the importance of storytelling, finding time to slow down in Nature, and a messages of hope all children need to hear.

You can find more work by Kathy at her company website Holos Collaborative, dive into the latest news at Biomimicry Texas Facebook page, and connect with her on LinkedIn.

SHOW NOTES

 

Spiral orchids that Kathy finds in the early Fall among the prairie grass.

Spiral orchids that Kathy finds in the early Fall among the prairie grass.

Episode 5: Asheen Phansey

Welcome to Life-Centered, a podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.

I'm Tim McGee, and in this episode I'm joined by Asheen Phansey. Asheen is active at the critical hub of sustainability and business. As a translator between people, cultures, technology, and ideas he has been able to bring principles from nature to help craft sustainable outcomes. His work has spanned biotech, aerospace, electronics, and he currently works as a Senior Manager at Dassalt Systemes. If you aren't familiar with Dassault, you are likely familiar with the products they help create as engineers throughout the world use their software to craft our modern society.

Through our conversation Asheen and I touch on the emerging internet of things, changing desires in our high tech products, the art of intraprenership, and we even take a crack at a fresh perspective on what's next for sustainability.

You can follow Asheen on Twitter, and Linkedin read his recent publication How 3D printing Can Revolutionize Sustainable Design at GreenBiz.

Show Notes

 

Episode 4: Ben Kneppers

Welcome to Life-Centered, a podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.

In this episode Amelia Tracy and I talked with one of the co-founders of Bureo Skateboards Ben Kneppers. Bureo is probably one of my favorite companies in the entire world, and while you might not be able to tell I was a bit star-struck, let's just say it was great to have Amelia there to keep the interview on track.

Ben is a visionary, speaker, and entrepreneur, and in this episode we got a chance to not only explore the creation of Bureo and their game changing approach to manufacturing skateboards, but also how his experiences and career trajectory keep him energized and hopeful for the future. Enjoy.

You can find out more about Ben and Bureo:

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Episode 1: Amelia & Tim

Life-Centered

Welcome to Life-Centered, a podcast about how looking to the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives.

In this our first episode Amelia Tracy and I (Tim McGee) stretch our podcasting muscles as we explore our own introductions to the field of Biomimicry, geek out about bubbles, farming the ocean, and the intelligence of plants.

 

SHOW NOTES:

The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension Of Time 
by Edward T. Hall

Evolution of Dance

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest To Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku

Green Wave

SeaLegacy