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We spoke to Marc Buckley, Co-Founder & CEO of ALOHAS ECO-Center, a sustainable food and beverage production company that creates renewable energy and resources without fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, or waste on some of the most inspiring organizations, platforms and essays of the moment.


EAT Forum

The World Economic Forum but for Food. EAT is the science-based global platform for food system transformation. EAT is a global, non-profit startup dedicated to transforming our global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships. Every year they have several meetings around the world calling on ‘Revolution’ to Transform Global Food System with the Annual meeting being held in Stockholm Sweden the EAT Stockholm Food Forum. 


The Wedding Cake

A new and more accurate way of viewing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - UN SDG's & The Stockholm Resilience Centre - SRC 

This model represents new and more accurate way of viewing the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are all linked to food. It calls for a shift away from the current sectorial approach where social, economic, and ecological development are seen as separate parts. Instead we must transition toward a logic where the economy serves society so that it evolves within the safe operating space of the planet. This new illustration is based on one of the iconic figures of the centre, “the wedding cake”, developed by centre science director Carl Folke and others. It implies that economies and societies are seen as embedded parts of the biosphere. Johan Rockström and Pavan Sukhdev present new way of viewing the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are all linked to food. . Illustration: Azote Images for Stockholm Resilience Centre.


The Stockholm Resilience Centre - SRC

An international centre of excellence for resilience and sustainability science. We believe in the importance of reconnecting to the biosphere. We must stop considering nature as something separate from society because people and nature are truly intertwined in what we refer to as social-ecological systems. Development can no longer be done without an increased understanding of nature’s role for our own survival and well-being. Our vision is a world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed and managed, to enhance human well-being and the capacity to deal with complexity and change, for the sustainable co-evolution of human civilizations with the biosphere. In our globalized society, there are virtually no ecosystems that are not shaped by humans and no humans without the need for ecosystems and the services they provide. Our vision is a world where these interactions are understood, governed and managed. 

People all the time ask me should we go to the Moon, Mars or harvest Resources from Asteroids when we already have so much to fix here? The answer is Absolutely YES! The only way we even began to protect our planet and think differently about it was due to photos from space of Earthrise or the Blue Marble. This is when we began to be concerned and active about making the right changes. The innovations, data, and imagery from the space race have given us exponential tools to combat the climate crisis and will give us tools to address the problems we have created. Planet is a fabulous company and website you must see. 




From our spacecraft to our APIs, we engineer our hardware and software to service the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites in orbit and scale our 7+ petabyte imagery archive, growing daily. Agile aerospace Planet designs, builds, and launches satellites faster than any company or government in history through the use of lean, low-cost electronics and design iteration. Our Doves, which make up the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, “line scan” the planet to image the entire Earth daily. We launch new satellites into orbit every three or four months.


Capra Course

I am a Capra Alumni and have been through several of their Systems and Ecological Literacy Master Courses. My favorite is the latest from Dr. Fritjof Capra on “The Systems View of Life”. This course will give you the conceptual tools to understand the nature of our systemic problems and recognize the systemic solutions that are being developed by individuals and organizations around the world:

"Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions - from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law. “The Systems View of Life” by Dr. Fritjof Capra which is a fabulous book and recommended read".



Explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a brilliant and radical scientist, whose unconventional theories challenged the male-dominated scientific community and are today fundamentally changing how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.

Bullfrog Communities provides a simple way for concerned citizens to stay informed about pressing issues: water, economic justice, food, energy & climate change, immigration, and environment. Join the ongoing discussion about issues that concern us all. Educate and energize your local community using the unique power of film.


Center for Ecoliteracy

Understanding Food and Climate Change was developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating education for sustainable living and systems change initiatives. The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to cultivating education for sustainable living. We recognize that students need to experience and understand how nature sustains life and how to live accordingly. We encourage schools to teach and model sustainable practices. The Center leads systems change initiatives, publishes original books and resources, facilitates conferences and professional development, and provides strategic consulting. We work at multiple levels of scale, with local, regional, state, and national programs.


Food Tank

The Think Tank for Food.

We’re building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We aim to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change. We spotlight and support environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Why Sustainability Alone Is Not Enough - Marc Buckley

“We as humanity have gotten into this modus of looking at things very straight and linear, putting everything in boxes and silos,” he tells Food Tank, “but that’s not how our world works. Our world works in complex, dynamic systems.” Reaching the SDGs by 2030, Marc adds, will require both funding and action, and “the number one way to stop and reverse global warming is to globally reform food, to change our entire food system into something that is sustainable.” But sustainability alone will not be enough: “We need to think about resilience because we went beyond the limits to growth.” Facing threats like floods, droughts, and famines, “how can we build sustainable development infrastructures that will take us through these times of unknown?” This is an urgent question; in talking about recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Marc notes, “We need to be able to eat every day, so we can’t wait four or five years to figure it out.”


Innovation with a Purpose: The role of technology innovation in accelerating food systems transformation

Pinnacle 2018 Report from The World Economic Forum - WEF

The World Economic Forum’s Expert Network brings together close to 5,500 leading experts from academia, business, government, international organizations, civil society, the arts, and the media committed to improving the state of the world by helping to shape the global agenda. The network focuses on digital collaboration around key Insight Areas, covering economies, industries and global issues. Experts are encouraged to share their own research and analysis, organize around specific discussions or opportunities, and engage with existing Forum projects, events and research.

Also worth noting is: Our Food System is Broken. Here are 3 ways to fix it.


The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) TEEBAGRIFOOD 

Released in June 2018, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on “making nature’s values visible”. Its principal objective is to mainstream the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services into decision-making at all levels. It aims to achieve this goal by following a structured approach to valuation that helps decision-makers recognize the wide range of benefits provided by ecosystems and biodiversity, demonstrate their values in economic terms and, where appropriate, capture those values in decision-making.


Future Food Institute

I am also an Ambassador of the Future Food Institute. Founded in 2014 in Bologna (Italy), the Future Food Institute is a non-profit trust and an entire ecosystem that makes food innovation a key tool to face the great challenges of the future, speaking to the world. Its soul is focused on education: thanks to strategic global partnerships, it has given life to the international Food Innovation Program, a 2nd level 12 months Masters University Course, held at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Unimore) realized by FFI and the Institute for the Future of Palo Alto (California). 


Climate Reality Project

I am also the German and Austrian Country manager for Al Gore's Project. In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. It was just the beginning of a climate revolution. Later that year, he founded what would become The Climate Reality Project to move the conversation forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth. Today, as Climate Reality, we’re a diverse group of passionate individuals who’ve come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are activists, cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, and storytellers committed to building a sustainable future together.


Global Citizen

A movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On our platform, you can learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.

Recommended 2018 Reading List 


Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

2.  Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund 


Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows

4. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken 

5. The Blue Economy: 10 Years 100 Innovations 100 Million Jobs Report to The Club Of Rome by Gunter Pauli 


The Age of sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sachs


Tackling Complexity: A Systemic Approach For Decision Makers by Gilbert Probst and Andrea M. Bassi


The Trillion Dollar Shift: Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals; Business for Good is Good Business by Marga Hoek


Come On!: Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet - A Report to the Club of Rome by Ernst von Weizsäcker and Anders Wijkman


Imaginal Cells: Visions of Transformation Curated by Kim Polman, Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe Al Gore, Desmond Tutu, Paul Polman, Johan Rockstrom, Mohammad Yunus, Peter Bakker, Lord Mark Malloch Brown, William McDonough, David de Rothschild, Tom Szaky, Jonathon Porritt


Designing Regenerative Cultures: Transformative Innovation, Biologically Inspired Design, Health and Resilience, Living Systems Thinking by Daniel Christian Wahl 


The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi


Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Book by David Christian


Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Prof. Yuval Noah Harari


Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World by Adam Grant


Marc Buckley
Marc Buckley

Co-Founder & CEO, ALOHAS ECO-Center

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