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ZERI Training Agenda

ZERI Training Agenda with Gunter Pauli

Dates:  December 3-5, 2009


December 3:  Please arrive by 8:30am.  Checkins 8:30-9am. (Arrive by 7:45 if you wish to join breakfast served at 8am). Class 9am-5pm.

December 4: Class 9am-5pm.

December 5: Class 9am-4pm.  (Evening public talk in Santa Barbara at 7pm, trainees welcomed to attend.)

Catering begins with breakfast December 3rd and ends with lunch December 5th. 

Arrivals and Departures:  Participants are welcome to arrive and stay on site the evening of Dec 2nd and depart the morning of Dec 6th if needed, noting that meals outside of those catered are on your own.  At least 2 weeks in advance of the course, you will receive a welcome message detailing arrival information, and asking for your detailed arrival and departure plans, and giving you another opportunity to request shuttle service if traveling by plane or train.

Those choosing to stay offsite:   Note in the Orientation to Orella Ranch that the parking area is a 15 min walk from the course site.  If you wish to have a ride up the hill, please arrive to the parking area for 8:30am shuttle each day.  If you wish to join breakfast, it is served at 8am each day.  

December 3 - Day One


How to evolve from a model of sustainability that requests you to invest more, save some and then earn back, to a model where you can invest less of your purchasing power to achieve multiple benefits while building social capital.

The morning is spent covering the most diverse case studies like snapshots demonstrating that this model for sustainability is not only possible, it has been implemented in the North and the South, in rural, peri-urban and inner-city environments. The afternoon is dedicated to deepening the cases in an interactive mode.

The cases that will be presented are :

Pulp to Protein (Colombia and Zimbabwe)

Cement to Forestry (Sweden and Japan)

Coal Fired power stations to food security (Brazil and South Africa)

Forest Fires to Animal Feed (USA)

A portfolio of additional cases will be covered on a pick-and-choose basis thus responding to the individual interests of the participants.

December 4 - Day Two


The emerging business model based on the cases described is analyzed in detail. How can we evolve from an economy based on scarcity to an economy based on abundance? How can we emulate ecosystems where no one is unemployed, everyone contributes to the best of their abilities and the concept of waste does not exist?

A dialogue will emerge around the characteristics of the economy that operates "on what we do not have" (loans, mortgages, credit cards, energy sources, mineral deposits ...) and an economy that is capable to respond to all basic needs with what is locally available. The methodology is case study based arriving at insights on how we can create a pathway from one to the other by applying principles of production and consumption, societal organization and desire towards the promotion of life and living conditions.

The principles include

(1) from core business and core competence to clusters and symbiosis - case of silk production in China

(2) the substitution of "something" with "nothing" - case of the green battery in USA - Japan and Europe

(3) from profits to building social capital - case of Las Gaviotas

Depending on time, additional principles will be covered and discussed based on concrete examples.

December 5 - Day Three


Whereas we desire to change the world around is, nothing is more pervasive and necessary than changing the world inside us. How can we want society to be sustainable when we are not sustainable ourselves? The session will evolve from mere "sustainability" to making "health" our priority. The shift from energy and material saving to health without infringing on sustainability will be clarified with concrete examples.

The morning reviews the way we eat and digest based on three simple principles: pH, sugar and temperature. As reality unfolds before us we realize that organic and fair trade are responses to the excesses of our system in the 60s and 70s, and now we need this and more. What is that more? How can we be pro-active? The afternoon is spent on the latest innovations in green building design with cases that are not known in the USA and principles that surprise even the greenest architects.

The course will pursue as always on the basis of concrete case studies that have been implemented

The Daiwa House Office in Tohoku, Japan

The Hospital of Las Gaviotas, Colombia

The Shopping Mall in Harare, Zimbabwe

The School in Laggarberg, Sweden


The three days are integrated into one system. It is an open debate that is started by the program leader, but continues ... hopefully forever.


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