Recent Projects


A sampling of talks, workshops and projects by Martin Ogle.

 

“Making a Living and a Life; A new view of  ‘environmental careers.'”  – a talk and discussion with Boulder County Youth Corps working in Lafayette, CO.    July 20, 2017.

This talk and discussion explored how all careers can be guided by our understanding of the human relationship to Earth . . . “environmental literacy.”  The title, “Making a Living and a Life” (used by permission from author, Richard Louv) is a chapter title in Louv’s book “The Nature Principle.”  This book, and much of what Louv has advocated for since, makes connections between environmental literacy and all careers.   Consider the following words from one of Louv’s blogs:

“When people begin to consider the career possibilities of human restoration through nature, their eyes light up:  here is a positive, hopeful view of the human relationship with the Earth.  Many people would pursue such jobs, if career guides and other resources were available and widely known – and if these also described how any career can be molded in a way that restores both nature and human beings.” 

 

 

“Energy and Life” – a series of talks and field trips for the engineering department at Centaurus High School, Lafayette, CO, May 2-10, 2017. (This is the fourth year that I have done this program).

These programs were for six 9th grade engineering classes at Centaurus.   The indoor talk covered basic energy principles, a history of energy use by human beings, and how human energy systems fit in with and interact with Earth’s living systems.   The field trip was a walking tour to Lafayette’s Waneka Lake Park and Thomas Open Space which have been the site of the west’s largest power plant, coal mining and agriculture (which continues at the farm at Thomas Open Space).

Testimonial:  “Each year, my Centaurus High School Engineering students do a project on Energy, with the goal of thinking outside the realm of “Traditional Energies” and thinking more to the “Sustainable Energies of the Future”. Martin has worked with 100’s of my students over the years, and he does a terrific job of helping the kids understand the history of energy in human society, the current state of energy production and use (especially in relation to Earth’s living systems), and the possibilities for alternative energies in the future. These students will be voters, tax payers and engineers (among other careers) in a few short years, and it is extremely important that they are well versed on energy in our world. Martin Ogle helps bring this topic to life!”  – Nick Cady, faculty, Engineering Academy, Centaurus High School, Lafayette, CO

 

 

Sacred Circles; Universal Symbolism of Relationship to Earth – a public workshop at Three Leaf Farm, Lafayette, CO, Sun., April 30.

This 3 hour workshop explored how symbols and art help us understand our world and each other.  Symbols connected cultures around the world to the places on Earth from which they arose.   Understanding ancient motifs – and then creating our own symbols – can help us appreciate modern-day relationships between families, communities and Earth’s living systems.  The group then helped mulch and plant a circle garden at the farm and participated in a short ritual to consider the meaning of the four directions.

Testimonial:  “Martin Ogle led an informative and interactive workshop that delved into the way that humans relate to nature.  His educated, yet approachable style led to great discussions and explorations of the topic he presented”.  Sara Martinelli, Three Leaf Concepts / Three Leaf Farm

 

 

Geo sapiens:  A fresh look at humans, Earth & sustainability – a talk at the “Youth of the Earth/Earth Day Celebration” in Longmont, CO, April 22, 2017

This talk explored how thinking of ourselves as a seamless continuum of Earth could open up new doors to sustainable living.   As the talk followed a showing of the film “Green Fire,” which is about Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic, it included some discussion about how a Geo sapiens view of life is a natural extension of the Land Ethic.  Sustainable Resilient Longmont (www.srlongmont.org) is a local environmental group dedicated to improving the environment in Longmont and beyond.

Testimonial:  In his most recent talk, Geo sapiens, Martin combines colorful graphics, his own life stories, and information from history, geology, psychology, and ecology to support novel ideas regarding sustainability of our world.   Toward sustaining Life on this planet, he proposes the need for a new cultural narrative based on setting limits on ourselves and a new Earth Ethic.   Recognizing that human society itself is also an expression of a living planet, optimistically Martin suggests that our creativity, which derives from Earth’s own creative field, can be applied to meet the sustainability challenge.    Edna Loehman, Retired Environmental Economist, Purdue University

 

 

 

Ongoing work with Lafayette, CO Open Space

PicturedA: Energy and our Lives Field trip for Centaurus High School;  B: Field trip to Coal Creek with Ryan Elementary School;  C: “Getting Kids Outside in Lafayette” – an evening program for parents at Lafayette Library;  D: “Brisk Walk” along Coal Creek (public program)

These are among the many programs and resources being offered through Lafayette Open Space.   See http://www.cityoflafayette.com/calendar.aspx?CID=35

 

 

Making a Living and a Life*; A New Perspectives on Careers  – talk and wrap-up keynote presentation at The Environmental Leadership Summit, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO, April 7, 2017.    

This 2/3 day conference was an amazing experience – it was driven and organized by students in the Fossil Ridge High School sustainability club with guidance from Fossil Ridge counselor, Nick Petersen.  Students created an incredibly well-organized event with a wide range of speakers and attracted over 300 students from local high schools.   The positive, can-do attitude displayed by all involved was both heartwarming and awe-inspiring!   My role in this event was to talk about the connection between environmental literacy (understanding of how human systems fit in with Earth’s living systems) and ALL careers.  I suggested that if this connection was made an ongoing and integral part of young people’s lives that students would create a new economy through their careers, avocations and other work.   In the wrap up keynote talk, I further suggested that if this kind of event “went viral,” it could enable high school school students to be one of the most significant forces in the quest for a sustainable world.

* “Making a Living and a Life” is used by permission of Richard Louv.   This is a chapter title in his book The Nature Principle.”

 

 

storyearth“StoryEarth” – A thought-provoking stage performance at Univ. of Colorado’s Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex, November 9, 2016.

This performance combined epic storytelling and scientific discourse to ask some big questions. Can a symbiosis of story and science help guide us toward thriving, long-term human life on Planet Earth?  I teamed up with Master storyteller, Odds Bodkin, who told a lighthearted folklore tale and then a raw, powerful rendition of the ancient myth of Gaia. I asked the audience to juxtapose the adult interpretation of Greek myth with the newest scientific understandings of humans and Earth to conceive a new, emerging story.

Testimonial:  [StoryEarth was] highly entertaining for all ages.  Though I’ve been familiar with the Gaia principle for some time, this presentation brought me new scientific understanding and a deeper personal connection as well.  It was a masterful interweaving of science, down to earth practicality and mystical wonder.  I left with a feeling of inspiration.  It was amazing to me how the scientific images and explanations, the rich storytelling and the African songs all blended together to entertain, enlighten and inspire.  I was enraptured throughout the whole event.   Chris Rathweg, Engineer

 

 

o-s-photo-collage-for-website-pictures-nov-2016Ongoing work with Lafayette, CO Open Space, Fall 2016

Pictured: A: “Stories of the Land” by Master Storyteller, Odds Bodkin, at Angevine Middle School  ; B: “Door to Imagination” storytelling workshop by Odds Bodkin at Pioneer Elementary School;  C: Evening family program at Coal Creek for Ryan Elementary School students;  D: Bus to Rocky Mountain National Park for Lafayette Senior Center

These are among the many programs and resources being offered through Lafayette Open Space.   See http://www.cityoflafayette.com/160/Open-Space (Calendar on right of webpage) for upcoming programs.

 

 

workshop-image-walking-mtsWorkshop at staff retreat, Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, CO  – October 17, 2016

This workshop – a morning within a full-day staff retreat for Walking Mountains Science Center – included talks, outdoor activities and facilitated discussion.  It employed the “Gaia Paradigm” to enable Walking Mountain staff to “Reconnect to our mission and each other.”  Topics considered included energy education, sustainability and entrepreneurship and staff collaboration.

Testimonial:  Martin facilitated an engaging experience for our staff retreat. His expertise on Gaia Theory combined with his passion for environmental and sustainability education truly energized us. Not only did we gain a greater understanding of how our day-to-day place-based work integrates with Gaia Theory, we made deeper connections with one another and developed creative new ideas for our educational program.    –  Kim Langmaid, Founder, Vice President, and Director of Sustainability and Stewardship Programs, Walking Mountains Science Center.

Evaluation comments from participants:

·         Martin Ogle was a great presenter. Interesting and dynamic. I thought that he shared a lot of interesting information with us and very intentionally connected Gaia to our mission and work.

·         Martin did an awesome job relating to a wide audience.

·         Mental stimulation! I liked that this retreat helped us connect to our mission, vision, and values through a more academic approach.

·         I enjoyed learning about Gaia Paradigm because it relates extremely well to our mission. I also enjoyed the conversations about how we can apply it to our work and our relationships with co-workers.

·         It gave me a lot of ideas and inspired me to collaborate more

·         Most valuable was connecting our day to day work to Gaia Theory and seeing the relevance of our place-based approach from a global perspective.

·         I thought it was an energizing day! I especially liked the post-presentation discussion among colleagues prior to lunch. Some very interesting and good ideas for applying the Gaia Theory to our organization came out of this conversation.

·         Martin did a great job of making Gaia Theory applicable to everyday environmental stewardship.

·         His presentation brought all of our departments together to discuss the foundation of why we are involved in the field of environmental education, whether we are teachers, coordinators, or directors. It was an inspiring spark for us to reignite our passion behind our mission.

·         I think Martin did a great job presenting a very interesting theory and helping make it relevant to our work and mission. I appreciate that he seemed to be familiar with our work.

·         Martin was a great speaker who kept us all very engaged. I would love to have him talk here again whether for staff or for the public.

·         I thought his presentation was thorough and very interesting. I enjoyed how he challenged our organization to be more influential and push boundaries within sustainability education.

 

lafayette-open-space-summer-2016-collageOngoing work with Lafayette, CO Open Space

Pictured: A:  Fish sampling in Coal Creek with Colorado Parks and Wildlife; B:  Lecture on prairies at Lafayette Library by Steve Jones;  C:  Placement of display on Red-tailed Hawk produced by Pioneer Elementary School student; D:  “Lafayette Birds” birdwatching session at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve with bird expert, Ted Floyd.

These are among the many programs and resources being offered through Lafayette Open Space.   See http://www.cityoflafayette.com/160/Open-Space (Calendar on right of webpage) for upcoming programs.

 

p1040415Keynote Presentation – Annual Conference of the Colorado Open Space Alliance – September 13, 2016

This talk, entitled “Inspiring Lands Inspiring People” explored inspiration in a number of ways to provide open space professionals new perspectives for land management, education and promotion of the lands we administer.

 

 

 

Lafayette Birds, 5,8,16 3Ongoing work with Lafayette, CO Open Space

Lafayette Birds,” a series of birdwatching opportunities at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve especially for beginning birders (adults and families).

This is one of the many programs that are now being offered through Lafayette Open Space.   See http://www.cityoflafayette.com/160/Open-Space (Calendar on right) for upcoming programs.

 

 

P1010770Geo sapiens: Re-linking our community through connection to placeA 4 hour workshop at Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, Colorado, Sat. April 30, 2016.    

This workshop brought people from many walks of life (youth, business, environment/ sustainability, art, non-profits and many more) in Lafayette and the rest of Boulder County. The workshop was based on the premise that all elements of our human communities are seamlessly connected to each other and to the places we live. The workshop metaphor “Geo sapiens” provides a framework in which participants sensed and drew upon the powerful interrelationships between people and the living systems of the places we live. Special emphasis was placed on finding local links between youth, business and sustainability, and a number of conversations have emerged around this theme since the workshop.

Testimonial: Centered on the interrelationships between community, business, and Earth’s living systems, Martin Ogle offered his concept of ‘Geo sapiens’ in an engaging community workshop. A short overview of the Gaia Paradigm provided a grounding framework for exploring thought-provoking ideas while a diverse group of participants contributed unique insights. Martin steered a fascinating discussion with purpose toward local action. I left the event with new energy to create, do, and be in the spirit of Geo sapiens and a broader, more complete expectation of sustainability.    Tom Hardie, Owner, Confluence Small Business Collective, Lafayette, CO

Testimonial: I attended a 4-hour workshop led by Martin Ogle and was fascinated by the profusion of concepts he so entertainingly presented. Before the workshop I had no knowledge of the Gaia theory, however listening to Martin illustrate this holistic paradigm, I felt as though innate truths were being illuminated. Since attending the workshop, I have enthusiastically told family and friends about the existence of the Gaia Paradigm. Four hours simply was not enough time; I could have stayed the weekend. My curiosity is sparked, my chi revived.    Karen Imbierowicz, Partnership Coordinator, Boulder County Parks and Open Space

 

 

P1010227Continuing work with Lafayette Open Space – Field trip at Coal Creek with 5th Graders at Ryan Elementary School on March 4, 2016.

This field trip explored the landforms and life of Colorado . . . and the interrelationships between the two! How does plate tectonics create landforms?   How does life affect plate tectonics? Much more!.

 

 

Workshop at 3rd st. centerWhy Gaia Matters: The application of science and metaphor to local and global sustainability – a 2.5 hour workshop at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale, CO, February 18, 2016.

This workshop introduced the Gaia Paradigm and discussed/explored its application to the arts, entrepreneurship and governance.   This program was presented to students at Colorado Mt. College (sustainable business course) as well as the general public.

TESTIMONIAL:  It’s not every day that one meets a truly inspired, sincere and dedicated practitioner of Earth stewardship. I recently attended a workshop of Martin Ogle’s and was moved greatly by his passion, deep sincerity and commitment to preserving our Earth’s fragile ecology within the context of the human desire to develop our already limited natural resources.

In troubadour fashion he beautifully conveys the brilliance, beauty and complexity of nature. His “Gaia Paradigm” captures and puts a fresh light on the words of pioneering ecologist and inventor, John Todd: “It is essential our obligations as humans are not just to ourselves, but to all of life.”

People of all ages; especially our children, would benefit from understanding our symbiotic relationship to all things through the “Gaia Paradigm” and by using this invaluable knowledge to create environmental leaders of industry who value that interdependence.  Canadian Biologist, David Suzuki sees “a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.”  Martin Ogle’s workshop helps us envision and create this world.          Lisa DiNardo, Horticulturist/Arborist     

TESTIMONIAL: Martin has an open, all-inclusive demeanor that invites everyone into the space he creates, and he has a knack for helping people understand the importance and utility of the information he presents. In the “Why Gaia Matters” workshop, presented to the Roaring Fork Valley community on Feb 18, 2016, Martin enabled all 40 participants to answer this question for themselves, by linking their own values with the body of scientific evidence that so clearly establishes the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things within the Earth system. As the Gaia metaphor itself, Martin does so much more than provide data:  he presents this startling information in a deeply compelling manner, via stories and analogies, so that the insights provided by Gaia Theory can have maximum, long-lasting benefit. Several months after his workshop, people in our community were still thinking about his visit and what they learned during our session with him. The time we spent with Martin was of concrete value both to our degree-seeking students and to lifelong learners in the wider community.        Adrian Fielder, Chair of Sustainability, Colorado Mountain College, Carbondale 

Hear also, associated radio interview – http://www.kdnk.org/upload/VV%202016-02-11.mp3

 

 Martin Ogle at Frasier Meadows, slideGaia in Mind; A fresh look at Earth and Sustainability – 2 talks at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, one in January, 2016 and one in February, 2016. 

A talk introducing the Gaia Paradigm and its application to sustainability, entrepreneurship and more.   The Gaia Paradigm is the confluence of the best scientific understanding of Earth as a single, living system with cultural understandings of human society as a seamless continuum of Earth’s life.  Watch video

TESTIMONIAL:  Martin Ogle’s presentation on the Gaia Theory is thought provoking to any listener and combines an excellent presentation in both content and delivery with selected quotes and data. One of the very best presentations I have ever seen.    –  John P. Harris  PhD, Engineering Science; retired

 

 

P1010174“The Rock Spoke;” Stories that connect us to Life, Science, and Life Sciences  – Storytelling programs at Louisville Elementary School, February 25 and 26.

These programs use stories as the basis for understanding our human relationship to nature, connecting the insights and understandings of our ancestors to modern, scientific discoveries.

 

 

Highland City ClubGaia in Mind; Human consciousness and the ecology of Planet Earth – a presentation at Boulder’s City Club, November 12, 2015.

An exploration of the interface between our human mind and the life of Earth. How do we affect the ecology of this planet through our sense of place, our sense of time and progress, our distinction (or conflation) of efficiency and conservation, our view of what entrepreneurship is, and our general approach to sustainability?   Watch Video  

 

 

P1120061Gaia Paradigm; The Confluence of Earth Science & Earth Story Presentation at the Boulder Bioneers conference, October 24, 2015.

This presentation posited that the Gaia Paradigm – or something like it – might be necessary for our society to move in sustainable directions. That is, there must be a confluence of our newest scientific understandings of Earth as a living system with the stories that move and motivate us. 

 

Energy Bike, LES, October 2015Energy Program at Louisville Elementary School – October 20, 2015.

This was the 4th year that I presented “Energy and Life” for Louisville E.S. 4th graders. What fun – especially with the amazing energy education tool, the “energy bike!” This presentation explores the basics (and learning standards) of energy, but in the context of how energy moves through living systems of Earth, including human systems.

 

 

SUNY Cortland, Oct, 2015The Land Ethic & Gaia Paradigm; The co-evolution of two great ideas –  at S.U.N.Y. Cortland, October 8, 2015.

This presentation was given to 2 university classes and members of the public / university community. Like similar presentations and workshops I’ve given on the Land Ethic and the Gaia Paradigm, this talk suggested that we need both of these great bodies of knowledge and thought because they complement each other not only with their similarities, but also with the different time and geographical scales they speak to. View notice

 

 Storytelling Workshop for Lafayette Rec Storytelling workshop with Lafayette Rec Center Staff – August 15, 2015.

Storytelling has been a big part of my work over the years – telling stories as part of programs and camps; hosting storytellers such as Odds Bodkin; and, recently, helping organizations harness the power of storytelling themselves.  At this workshop, we explored the power of storytelling, hints for and elements of storytelling, made a storytelling headband (pictured) and more.

 

 

P1080816Work with Lafayette Open Space.

Since early 2014, I have been working with Lafayette Open Space helping them develop their new education and outreach program. This has included: 1) presenting and arranging a variety of programs, some indoors at Lafayette Library and many outdoors at various Open Space properties; 2) developing display panels that have been placed in the Outdoor Classroom Open Space and, soon, along Coal Creek; 3) developing a self-guiding pamphlet for use at Waneka Lake and nearby Open Space properties; and more.

 

 

P1090987Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – Summer, 2015.

For the past 4 summers, I have helped ACES control non-native plants, construct trails and otherwise maintain and improve a 160 acre property called “Spring Creek.” This property was formerly a fish hatchery and was donated to ACES to be used for environmental education.

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening talk for all-day Earth Day activities at Shining Mountain Waldorf School  in Boulder Colorado – April 22, 2015.

This talk introduced Gaia Theory to students and faculty and suggested that our biggest challenges for advancing sustainability include making our underlying cultural narratives compatible with emerging, scientific understandings of Earth as a living system  AND the creation of a new economy.  These themes were further explored with breakout and whole-group discussion sessions after which students spent their day outside.

TESTIMONIAL: “Balancing images with ideas, and humor with profundity, Martin Ogle gave us all a glimpse of how humanity once viewed the world, and how we yet might.  As a professional educator, it was a great privilege to see such a master teacher in action.  He engaged our students with passionate enthusiasm and humble sincerity, inspiring them to work out their own answers to the many open questions to which he directed their gaze.  His presentation to our 8th-12th grade students, followed by breakout discussions and a final whole group sharing which he led, began our Earth Day 2015 celebrations.    To get a sense for our community, our intentions, and what would best serve our audience, Martin met with our planning team in advance of our event, and continued to engage in dialog over e-mail.  My only regret was that we had not scheduled more time with Martin to enrich and deepen our reflections.”  Matthew Messner, High School Math and Science Teacher, Shining Mountain Waldorf School

 

 

Presentation for the CO Alliance for Environmental Education

 Keynote Presentation – Annual Conference of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education – March 28, 2015.   Watch VIDEO

This talk, entitled “Geo sapiens;  The Earth-Wise Environmental Educator,” challenged educators to incorporate interdisciplinary context and perspectives that reveal  human society as a seamless continuum of a living Earth.  Special emphasis was placed on encouraging EE practitioners to apply our environmental knowledge to the challenge of creating jobs and careers that fundamentally change our human relationship to Earth’s living systems.

TESTIMONIAL: “Recently, Martin Ogle presented the keynote presentation at the annual Teaching Outside the Box conference for the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. His engaging presentation style and thought-provoking topic was incredibly well received by the audience. He spoke about Gaia Theory and the role of environmental education in helping to create new human systems compatible with Earth’s living system. I heard people talking about the presentation numerous times throughout the day; clearly, Martin had a powerful impact on conference attendees.”  Deb Matlock, Vice-president of the Board, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

TESTIMONIAL:  “At the CAEE conference in Denver this March, Martin Ogle delivered a talk call “Geo-Sapiens.”  In a series of vignettes, Martin skillfully demonstrated the physical relationship between Geology, Biology and humans. Linking architecture to the relationship between land and people, highlighting the use of Biomimicry in our conscious emulation of nature, pointing out the use of fall lines for powering mills and noting the similarities of human physiology to Earth systems, Martin drove home the fact that humans are and always have been a  “seamless continuum of a living Planet.”  The use of beautiful photography especially that which linked Earth systems to those in the bodies of organisms (bogs/livers, capillaries/ deltas, glands/oxbow lakes, cell membranes/Earth’s atmosphere) was not only inspiring but also left this viewer with a lasting visual impact. Martin’s presentation style, combining serious topics with humor and inspiring visuals will stay with me for a very long time!”   Rose Banzhaf, Environmental Educator

 

 

Boulder County United Nations AssociationTalk with the Boulder County Chapter of the United Nations Association – February 19, 2015.  

I made a short presentation and then had discussion with members about the need to actively engage with indigenous cultures from around the world to bring their perspectives, beliefs and ways of living into the conversation on sustainability. This is an important part of the evolution of a new cultural narrative for our own society. 

 

 

 

 

noticing lafayette“Noticing Lafayette” – February 19, 2015.

A public program for Lafayette Open Space, this program featured a new project called the “Lafayette Observation Journal.” The journal is a collection of one-page journal entries about local human and natural history, events and occurrences of note, etc., and is on permanent display at Lafayette Public Library.

 

 

Shining Mt Waldorf School Logo

 

“The Gaia Paradigm and its implications for sustainability in Boulder County” – February 18, 2015. A presentation and discussion with local professionals in education, open space, climate studies, etc. about the Gaia Paradigm.  Program was held at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in North Boulder. 

 

 

 

CU Biomimicry

“The Gaia Paradigm and Biomimicry” – February 12, 2015. A presentation and discussion with the CU Biomimicry Club (http://boulderbiomimicry.com/). Purpose was to introduce the “Gaia Paradigm” and its relevance to the 2015 Biomimicry Challenge (http://challenge.biomimicry.org/).

 

 

 

Teacher workshop, Summit MS, 2014November 11, 2014 – Teacher Workshop at Summit Middle School, Boulder C0, The “Gaia Paradigm: Context and Connection Point for Interdisciplinary Education

This workshop explored how viewing human history and activities as part of Earth systems provides a valuable context for developing interdisciplinary education.  Math, science, literature, art and other subjects were discussed and linked through the centering concept of the Gaia Paradigm.

 

 

 


Front Range Bioneers, 2014

 

November 8, 2014 –  “The Gaia Paradigm: Blending Science, Culture and Activism”  – Front Range Bioneers Conference, Boulder, CO

 

This presentation explored new perspectives on activism and entrepreneurship based on understanding human systems as a seamless continuum of Earth’s living system.


 

October 11, 2014 – The Land Ethic and the Gaia Concept; a Powerful Synergy for our Living Earth!

Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin – An all-day workshop for environmental educators and others that explored the synergies between Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and the “Gaia Paradigm.”  These ideas have some common roots and have the potential to contribute to a new “Cultural Narrative” that compels a symbiosis between human systems and the rest of Earth’s living system.

TESTIMONIAL: “The Gaia Paradigm will guide the investigation of connections between human society and the earth, and will suggest more harmonious functioning of human systems and institutions. I believe it will be a break-out theme for community organizations, academic departments, nature centers, activist organizations, units of government, and business groups. It has certainly contributed to our understanding of place at Retzer Nature Center, and to seeing our larger place in the world. . . . I recommend most enthusiastically the excellent Gaia Paradigm programs presented by Martin Ogle, as a way of adding substantively to our understanding of our environment, of sustainability and quality of life, now and in the future.”      – Larry Kascht, Nature Center/Naturalist Supervisor, Lead Teaching Naturalist, Retzer Nature Center

 


 

July, 2014 – “Geo sapiens: The Earthwise Human – a talk at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

This public presentation explGEO SAPIENS, FCMOD, 7,14ored the intersection of recent insights into Earth as a living system with cultural narratives, ancient and new, of human beings as a seamless continuum of Earth.

TESTIMONIAL: “Martin Ogle spoke at the Fort Collins (Colorado) Museum of Discovery for our evening adult presentation series, Dialogs in the Dome.  Martin’s presentation style, content and storytelling were a perfect match for our audience and for our unique digital dome presentation space.  The vignettes presented thought-provoking context for a broader, new worldview which inspires both outside-the-box thinking and practical awareness. Since the presentation, I have noticed my mind exploring back to the paradigm Martin left us, referencing his Geo sapiens frame of thought, as I look at and wonder how I can be more deeply aware of the world around me.”   Holly LeMasurier, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

 


June, 2014 – “The Gaia Paradigm and Sustainability” – An all-day workshop for George Mason University graduate students.

Held at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, VA for a summer graduate course on sustainability.  This workshop involved lectures and indoor and outdoor activities.

GMU Gaia and sustainability workshop 2        GMU Gaia and sustainability workshop


 

June, 2014 – Presentation at the Trans-Atlantic Research and Development Interchange on Sustainability

 

I presented a talk entitled “Geo sapiens; The Synergy of Science and Culture for Sustainability” to a group of engineers, economists and others from the United States and Europe.  The term “Geo sapiens” (and another term,  “cultural narrative,” were much discussed and cited during the conference.TARDIS TITLE SLIDE 3


 

Energy Education with Clean Energy Action (CEA)

With the “CEA Energy Bike”

Spring, 2014 – Energy Education with Clean Energy Action (CEA) – Using the “CEA Energy Bike”  –  I conduct programs for 4th – 12th graders to help raise the energy literacy of our society.  In a time when energy is, perhaps, the most cross-cutting issue we have to grapple with, it is imperative that our society make  wise energy decisions based on an interdisciplinary understanding of how energy fits in with Earth’s living system!

P1030401     High Energy Event, May 28, 2014


 

Weekend Retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center – March 21-23, 2014

 

“Gaia; Engaging the Rhythms of a Living Planet”

This retreat explored new understandings of Earth and our relationship to Earth and the implications for managing the frantic pace and disconnections that modern culture imposes upon us.   The weekend included walks, talks and discussions and a visit to the Great Stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center.  We discussed the parallels and synergies between Buddhist symbols and other symbols from around the world that describe our human relationship to life as a circle and four directions.SMC Retreat Collage


 

Work with City of Lafayette, CO, Open Space to launch an education and outreach initiative – November, 2013 – Present

Work includes establishment of program series, educational displays, acquisition of educational materials and more.

(Photo: January 16 kickoff program at Lafayette Public Library)P1020496


 

“Earth Learning” followed by “Energy and Life” – two presentations that placed energy lessons in the context of Earth as a living system – Louisville Elementary School, 4th Grade – October, 2013 and November, 2013.   The first presentation was an assembly for all four classes of 4th graders and included imagery on the big-screen with narrative and music, as well as a Native American story of how we are part of a living planet.    The second presentation was an interactive exploration of energy concepts presented to smaller groups.  It centered on how human systems and other natural systems are on the same energy path powered by the conversion of the sun’s energy through photosynthesis.  It featured the “Energy Bike” that students pedal to convert their mechanical energy to electricity that runs a variety of lightbulbs and small appliances.  Energy transformation, energy efficiency, energy conservation and more . . . all within the context of understanding our living planet!

 Gaia, Earth Science, Louisville Elementary School, 10, 2013    P1010864

 

Gaia Theory Presentation, Basalt (CO) Regional Library– August, 2013

“. . . His presentation also provided interdisciplinary support for the Gaia Theory, not only through science, but also philosophy and myth.  As a result, his presentation was not only thought-provoking but heart-warming.At a time when so much of our public conversations seem filled with dissention, acrimony, and the inability to find common ground, I think we need Martin Ogle’s message. His message of our Living Earth and deep interconnection can provide a platform for positive dialogue, new vision and creativity.  So, do yourself and our planet Earth a favor…invite Martin to speak in your town or to your group.   Priscilla Richards, Librarian       Basalt Regional Library, CO

 


Gaia Theory Presentation, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – August, 2013

Gaia Theory Presentation at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Gaia Theory program -Aspen Cntr. for Environmental Studies

Presentation for Clean Energy Action, Boulder, CO’ Global Warming Solutions Speakers Series –  “Oikos, Gaia, and Earth Systems Science; Our Planet’s Blueprints for Human Energy Systems – August 2013  (http://cleanenergyaction.org/this-months-gwsss/)

 


Land stewardship and related work for Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (Building of patio area for preparation of medicinal plants; non-native plant removal) – June and July, 2013.

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Patio constructed for medicinal plant preparation

From Land Organism to Gaia; The Land Ethic Evolving – presentations on the similarities and synergies between Aldo Leopold’s “land ethic” and the “Gaia paradigm.” Presented for:

  • The Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin (http://urbanecologycenter.org/) on June 19, 2013
  • The Waukesha County (WI) Green Team (http://www.waukeshacountygreenteam.org/) on June 20, 2013
Energerium, Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Energerium, Potomac Overlook Regional Park

The “Energerium” – A suite of nature center displays (covering one floor) interpreting human energy systems as part of the living systems of Earth. This was one of Martin Ogle’s last projects before he retired from his position as Chief Naturalist of the No. Virginia Regional Park Authority.

  • Developed all of the themes and content for this display suite and worked with the company “DesignMinds” to bring it to fruition.
  • This display suite accompanied many other energy related features at Potomac Overlook Regional Park (Arlington, VA) including working solar hot water and electricity systems, large-scale energy efficiency renovations and an active energy education program.

“A Dream of Gaia” – A dramatic performance at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA, July 2011.

  • Presentation included storytelling, music, and narrative of the metaphor and science of Gaia.
  • Over 200 people in attendance.
  • From a review by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Artisphere Education Programs Director: “In this wonderful performance about the relationship between humanity and Earth, Ogle magnificently transformed scientific theory into enchanting stories and artistic rendition that expanded our understanding of the physical world.”

Gaia Theory Presentation at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, January, 2013 – an overview of Gaia Theory for a group of staff and volunteers at the museum and some invited members of the public.

Martin at Louisville Elementary School

Martin at Louisville Elementary School

Energy, Gaia Theory, schoolyard education, fossils/geology, and “general science” presentations at local schools, September 2012, April, 2013 – Louisville Elementary School, Summit Middle School and Watershed School, Boulder.

Children and Nature presentation for the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, May 2013 – This presentation was about not just getting kids outside, but the kinds of activities and techniques that encourage kids to slow down and experience the pace of nature. Storytelling, solo spots, unstructured play and other such things were discussed and demonstrated!

Adjunct Professor of Sustainability – Mr. Ogle has just been hired to teach “ENV 710: Sustainability: Policy and Practice” at Naropa University, Fall semester, 2013.

Clean Energy Action – working with this non-profit group to advance youth energy education in Boulder County, January, 2013 – present.


Moderator, Weekend retreat discussion on the development of the Four Seasons Project, Shambhala Mountain Center – November, 2013

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Moderator, Weekend retreat discussion on the development of the Four Seasons Project, Shambhala Mountain Center – November, 2013

Environmental and land management professionals gathered at SMC to guide the development of a new emphasis on celebrating, understanding and caring for the land that makes up this 600 acre retreat. The Four Seasons Project will include programming, attention to resource management, and other activities in synergy with the overall mission of the Shambhala Mountain Center. Shambhala Mountain Center has long been a place for people to practice meditation and other inquiries into the mind and spirit. But it is also a particular place on Earth...

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Fall Semester, 2013 – Adjunct Professor, Naropa University, “Sustainability; Policy and Practice”

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Fall Semester, 2013 – Adjunct Professor, Naropa University, “Sustainability; Policy and Practice”

About the Course This graduate level course on sustainability is a unique approach that combines much of the history and widely used approaches to sustainability with the contemplative education model that Naropa is well known for. This approach allows for the incorporation of elements of human nature and human-scale needs that are often difficult to address in other contexts. About the Program [From Naropa.Edu] The Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership degree prepares the next generation of innovative thinkers, organizers, and activists...

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July 2013 – The Circle and 4 Directions; An Earth Scientist’s Hints for Interdisciplinary Education

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July 2013 – The Circle and 4 Directions; An Earth Scientist’s Hints for Interdisciplinary Education

The Circle and 4 Directions; An Earth Scientist’s Hints for Interdisciplinary Education (July, 2013) A 3-hour workshop for Denver area school teachers (K-8) that explored ancient understandings of Earth through symbols and stories and modern understanding of Earth through Gaia Theory. The take-home message was that ancient symbols, used in conjunction with modern Earth system science provides a needed context for successful interdisciplinary education. Workshop included demonstrations and art activities. Testimonial from Participants “My...

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July 2013 – Intro to Gaia Theory and Its Implications for Interpretation

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July 2013 – Intro to Gaia Theory and Its Implications for Interpretation

An Introduction to Gaia Theory and its Implications for Interpretation (July, 2013) A 3-hour workshop for Boulder City Open Space and Mountain Parks volunteer interpreters. This workshop was 2/3 indoors and 1/3 outdoors, with a lecture as well as activities and discussion about activities to communicate Gaia Theory and/or add a “Gaian / Land Organism bent” to traditional nature interpretation. Testimonials from Participants “Very interesting and relevant. Outside activities were excellent.” “Lots of ideas and resources and things to think...

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June 2013 – Energy and Life; Energy in Context

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June 2013 – Energy and Life; Energy in Context

Energy and Life; Energy in Context (July 2013) A 1.5 hour lecture and discussion on energy education and the importance for establishing context for understanding energy. History of human energy use, problems associated with the kinds and scale of modern energy use and how energy works in living systems were all explored. Tiffany Boyd 4th Grade Teacher, Louisville Elementary School (Louisville, CO) As educators and citizens, we are fortunate to have Martin Ogle in our community as a mentor and fellow citizen of this planet! He is passionate...

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June, 2013 – From Land Organism to Gaia; The Land Ethic Evolving

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June, 2013 – From Land Organism to Gaia; The Land Ethic Evolving

Two presentations on the similarities and synergies between Aldo Leopold’s “land ethic” and the “Gaia paradigm.” Presented for . . .

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February 2013 – Gaia Theory Workshop at Boulder City (CO) Open Space and Mountain Parks

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February 2013 – Gaia Theory Workshop at Boulder City (CO) Open Space and Mountain Parks

Gaia Theory Workshop, Boulder City (CO) Open Space and Mountain Parks Interpretive Staff, February, 2013 An overview of Gaia Theory and examples of activities and topics that can be used in interpretation of natural history in Boulder County. Lynne Sullivan Interpretive Naturalist, City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks Martin Ogle’s recent move to Colorado represents an exciting addition and resource for the local interpretive naturalist community (and all other educational institutions). Martin is a highly skilled and seasoned...

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