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Workshop: A Time for Life-Sustaining Leadership
THE CHALLENGE

As our environmental systems face increasing pressure, it is more and more important to develop alternative models of progress that work to sustain all forms of life.

 
THE STRATEGY

LOCATION: Jameel Arts Cente, Dubai UAE

DATE + TIME: Saturday 27th April, 3.30-5.30 pm

REGISTRATION FORM here

Marking the first full season of Tarabot: Weaving a Living Forum, join us for a dynamic workshop hosted jointly by theOtherDada and the Bio-Leadership Project.  As our environmental systems face increasing pressure, it is more and more important to develop alternative models of progress that work to sustain all forms of life. This workshop will explore how new forms of nature-centred leadership and innovation are emerging across many sectors of society, with an invitation to work more closely together to support nature-centred action across the Gulf and its neighboring regions.

The workshop begins by revisiting the dominant paradigm of human progress, offering stories of an alternative paradigm that is growing based on the principles of healthy systems. Through the workshop, facilitators Adib Dada and Andres Roberts will explore how to work with these principles across creative platforms, projects and organisations, as well as how to work with nature to support a community’s capacities for resilience, systemic intelligence, adaptability, connection and regeneration.

Through the workshop pariticipants explore different forms of knowledge in working with nature: thinking, sensing and connecting, and what it means to support change in more connected, whole-system ways. Most deeply, this is a chance to explore what this moment of history is asking of humanity, and to come together to help new stories of regenerative change unfold.

Programme highlights:

  • Introductions by Adib Dada, founder of theOtherDada and Andres Roberts, founder of the Bio-Leadership Project

  • Exploring the leadership transition of our times – towards a regenerative paradigm – stories from Andres Roberts and Bio-Leadership Fellows from the region

  • Active sessions exploring how to work with regenerative principles in life and work

  • An experiential practice – exploring how to deepen relationship with the ecosystems around us

  • An exploration of a living-system model of transition – helping us position ourselves in supporting nature-centred change

  • A moment to connect with others in the space and discuss nature-led progress across the region

Open to all. Free to attend. Refreshments provided. RSVP here.

theOtherDada is a Beirut-based regenerative consultancy and architecture practice founded by Adib Dada, working with nature to build shared habitats for humans and other organisms to thrive. They are Lebanon’s first BCorp certified company built on the firm belief that businesses have the responsibility and opportunity to action meaningful, positive impact. tOD takes an alternative approach to sustainability, through the deep consideration of context and medium of their work- fostering new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants.  Their research in biomimicry enables a conscious connection to the natural ecosystems of sites to build interspecies habitats.

Adib Dada is the founder of theOtherDada [tOD] Regenerative Consultancy & Architecture, whose mission is to activate projects across architecture, design, and art by creating unconventional links at the frontier of science. Going beyond traditional architecture, his work employs a holistic and biomimetic design approach with nature and people at its core. Adib served on the Supporting Committee of the Beirut Art Center, and sits on the Board of Tandem Works and Saja Foundation. He earned a BA in Architecture at the American University of Beirut, an MA in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and completed the Biomimicry graduate certificate from the Biomimicry Institute and Arizona State University.  Adib was listed as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for his project Beirut RiverLESS, which he initiated to implement positive urban interventions including the planting of urban native forests alongside Beirut River and in the city at large. He is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a Bio-Leadership Fellow.

The Bio-Leadership Project seeks to ensure a sustainable and thriving future for all generations by helping Earth-centered progress grow across all sectors of society. It is a dynamic movement working across three key areas of work: a consultancy, a global fellowship, and a nature-centred innovation lab. The Bio-Leadership Project works with pioneering, nature-led organisations around the world.

Andres Roberts is the founder of the Bio-Leadership Project and programme director of the Bio-Leadership Fellowship, two initiatives supporting regenerative people and projects across the world. He is an advisor and guide to pioneering, Earth-centred businesses and organisations, including Patagonia, Aviva Investors, The Philanthropy Lab and numerous regenerative and social projects. His work combines transformative leadership development, wisdom from ancient cultures, and deep work with nature to support new forms of progress that care for all of life. His deepest work is the practice of guiding Nature Quests – profound experiences in nature supporting resilience, connection, awareness and compassion required for navigating these urgent times.

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