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Kaua'i Leadership Summits 

2020 | Bringing together the leadership and expertise that already resides within the different communities of Kaua’I, the Leadership Summit creates a platform for sharpening the focus on developing a sustainability model for Kaua’i. Articulating where we collectively want to be will support the widening of...

EXIST, THRIVE AND EVOLVE

 

As a think tank and action lab, we kicked off the New Year by convening our first incubation. We brought together mainland legal experts on the rights of nature from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund with land trust lawyers from Kaua'i, and local landowners to explore how recognizing legal Rights for Nature to “exist, thrive and evolve its natural cycles” could offer new protections for Kaua'i ecosystems that support traditional Hawaiian values of the sacred. For decades, traditional conservation easements have been used by landowners to protect land from development. Rights of Nature easements build on those traditional conservation models by including stronger provisions which recognize the rights of waterways, forests, and other ecosystems to be free from harmful development—in perpetuity.

COHERENT WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP

RESTORATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
 

Arising from our series of Visioning Sessions and Coherence Summits (including the recent Women Wisdom Keeper's Summit), it's become clear that creating coherent strategies for managing Kaua’i’s Ahupua’a systems (watershed) is a core priority for the island, its communities and ecosystems, and is becoming increasingly important as Kaua’i faces the impacts of climate change. Working with local community leaders, ecologists, residents and youth, we are applying the Coherence Lab model – bringing together Earth Systems Science and Ancient Indigenous Wisdom and practices – to begin to restore a watershed in our local community.

FALL 2017
Kaua'i, Hawai'i

WATER KEEPERS SUMMIT

WATER KEEPERS SUMMIT

RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

In support of our Coherent Watershed Stewardship Initiative, Coherence Lab will bring together local Indigenous leaders with leading scientists and diverse community stakeholders to analyze the impact of climate change on one of Kaua’i’s Ahupua’a (watershed system) and generate shared priorities and action plans for achieving sustainability and resiliency for this watershed. This initial summit will serve as a test case and model for developing a place-based approach to building resilience to climate change, centered around water and watershed systems which are central to the cultural and environmental sustainability of Kaua’i and the larger Hawaiian Islands. 

RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

In support of our Coherent Watershed Stewardship Initiative, Coherence Lab will bring together local Indigenous leaders with leading scientists and diverse community stakeholders to analyze the impact of climate change on one of Kaua’i’s Ahupua’a (watershed system) and generate shared priorities and action plans for achieving sustainability and resiliency for this watershed. This initial summit will serve as a test case and model for developing a place-based approach to building resilience to climate change, centered around water and watershed systems which are central to the cultural and environmental sustainability of Kaua’i and the larger Hawaiian Islands. 

Kaua'i Circle

YEAR ROUND | The aim of Kaua’i Circle is to catalyze a community engagement process in which everyone can contribute to the creation of a free, interactive wiki community website that provides a constantly updated scan of Kaua’i as a whole system. The goal is to provide a data-rich, yet easy-to-understand overview of all the critical elements our community has and needs for a thriving, sustainable future. 

WOMEN WISDOM KEEPER'S SUMMIT

WOMEN'S CALL TO ACTION

The time has come for the nurturing Power of the Feminine to restore and heal a world governed by systems of dominance
over nature.

 

We believe that women—as life givers and caretakers, leaders of organizations, movements, businesses, governments, families and households—bring the power of co-creation, shared experiences and vastly underexplored methodologies for creating change.

 

It is time to bring women together to share their experiences, empathy, knowledge and energy; to co-create a new vision for climate, community and sustainability on Kaua'i; and to empower, support and nourish each other to serve as agents of change in their own lives.

 

We seek to create a space for authentic dialogue between women who are powerful change-makers and to develop long-term projects and platforms for the sustainability of Kaua'i.

To read more details about last year's Summit, objectives, speakers and vision, click here.

KAUA'I CIRCLE

INTERCONNECTED SYSTEMS, ALIGNED ACTIONS

The aim of Kaua'i Circle is to catalyze a community engagement process in which everyone can contribute to the creation of a free, interactive wiki community website that provides a constantly updated scan of Kaua’i as a whole system. The Circle is a tool to assist us in moving beyond our isolated, fragmented existence to create a shared picture of our home, of the place we love. Just as the image of the whole Earth from space transformed our sense of identity, Kaua'i Circle invites us to see our island as one interconnected system and to find ways to coordinate and align our actions for the good of the whole community.  

 

We are engaging people of all ages from across the island to co-create Kaua’i Circle:  Hawaiian Indigenous leaders, science, technology, and advocacy experts, educators, students, business, government and NGO organizations. 

Here is some of the wonderful artwork for the Circle by local third and fifth graders:

Visit here often for schedule of events updates.

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natural-leadership
Kaua'i Leadership Summits 

2020 | Bringing together the leadership and expertise that already resides within the different communities of Kaua’I, the Leadership Summit creates a platform for sharpening the focus on developing a sustainability model for Kaua’i. Articulating where we collectively want to be will support the widening of...

natural-leadership
Kaua'i Leadership Summits 

2020 | Bringing together the leadership and expertise that already resides within the different communities of Kaua’I, the Leadership Summit creates a platform for sharpening the focus on developing a sustainability model for Kaua’i. Articulating where we collectively want to be will support the widening of...

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US/Russia Peace Summit and Aloha Tour 

2020 | On January 13, 2018, the Hawaiian islands received an Emergency Alert that an inbound ballistic missile was imminent. For 38 minutes, fear was felt everywhere. In the aftermath, our long-time partners at NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth went into action. These experts on US-Russian relations, nuclear weapons and diplomacy traveled to Russia for...

KAUA'I LEADERSHIP SUMMIT & SOLUTIONS LAB

INSPIRATION, ACTION, IMPACT

We are currently dreaming and unearthing needs, visions and intentions of this powerful program.

Please visit again for updates.

BIONEERS 2017

LEADING FROM THE EMERGING FUTURE: UNITING SYSTEMS SCIENCE, ANCIENT WISDOM AND PRESENCE.

What practical strategies can we cultivate to strengthen our ability to operate from our ideal intended outcomes and apply "inspired coherence" in our work? Hosted by Prajna Horn,co-founder, ED, Coherence Lab. With: Joanna Macy, beloved and renowned "whole systems" thinker, activist and Buddhist teacher; Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES! World; Rene Henery, ecologist and eco-geographer, California Science Director for Trout Unlimited.  

2016 PROGRAMS REVIEW

1ST ANNUAL WOMEN WISDOM KEEPERS SUMMIT

CREATING NETWORKS FOR COHERENT, EFFECTIVE ACTION
 

The Women Wisdom Keeper's Summit was a project designed to guide Coherence Lab to listen deeply to the Earth, through the intimate experience of a small but focused group of powerful women. This was the first step of many to elevate the voices of women on Kaua'i for transformational change. 

We gathered 22 extraordinary women leaders from across Kaua`i, other Hawaiian Islands and the mainland. During our highly successful 3-day summit, an opportunity was created for women leaders from different parts of the island, and beyond, to come together to look at some of the most urgent issues facing our Kaua`i community. It is too often the case that people who need to work together, who live not far away — in our case on the same small island — never really have the time to talk to one another. We created a setting for deep human connection, thinking and dreaming together, for the creation of networks of support for coherent, effective action. Participants founded over a dozen new collaborative partnerships to translate inspired ideas into action including a new project for restoring a local watershed. Echoing the sentiment of our local participants, Ponca tribal elder and international Indigenous Leader Casey Camp Horinek said, “It was stunning!” 

 

Click HERE to for details, speakers and objectives.

KAUA'I JAM

UNIFYING VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF KAUA'I

We held our first Kaua'i JAM, a project we ran in partnership with YES!, a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to create thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all. The JAM was more successful than we could have ever imagined – introducing us to new tools and strategies for bringing different views together to build a unified vision for the future of Kaua'i. In 2017, we are planning to offer JAMs to unite diverse groups of people to realize a community-derived vision for Kaua'i.

KAUA'I CIRCLE

INTERCONNECTED SYSTEMS, ALIGNED ACTIONS

The aim of Kaua'i Circle is to catalyze a community engagement process in which everyone can contribute to the creation of a free, interactive wiki community website that provides a constantly updated scan of Kaua'i as a whole system. We are engaging a wide range of people to develop Kaua'i Circle: Hawaiian indigenous leaders, science & advocacy experts, educators, students, business, government and NGO organizations.

 

We are visiting schools and sharing Kaua'i Circle with students who are imagining and drawing icons for the wiki site. Here are just a few wonderful and inspiring renderings of the community systems in the Circle by third and fifth graders. Bruce Allyn and Cynthia Lazaroff are leading our Kaua'i Circle initiative and they will continue to create with the community a prototype for Kaua'i Circle to launch in the coming year.  

To learn more about Kaua'i Circle click HERE.

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