mutualism vs competition

Adventures

See photos from Erica’s travels around the world—and the lessons learned from people and Nature at each step of the journey.

mutualism vs competition

mutualism vs competition

Organizations wanting to get the most from their teams must establish clear purpose and trust. THEN the true magic begins, allowing teams to rise to new levels of engagement and performance.

zapotec masterweaver

zapotec masterweaver

What an honor to meet Isaac Vasquez. Isaac has preserved the pre-Hispanic process of making hand-woven wool rugs. He and his family use all-natural dyes and locally sourced wool. Isaac's work has been featured at The Met and he's collaborated with Stanford on the process using cochineal to make the color red. #isaacvasquezstudio 

the color red

the color red

When cochineal are used to make dyes the spectrum of red produced depends on the activating agent.  If you use an acid like the citric acid in lime juice, the result is a bright red.  When you use a base like calcium oxide the color produced is maroon.  

the color yellow

the color yellow

Pomegranate peels are used to make the yellow.  A bit of a surprise considering the number of times I've eaten this delicious fruit and left my kitchen walls splattered in red. 

Learn From Others

Learn From Others

The best thing we can do when we travel is taking the time to learn from others.  Personal growth is a result of recognizing similarities and learning from differences.  Here, I'm learning to make argon oil from a women's co-op in Morocco.

relationships in nature

relationships in nature

Ever heard the podcast From Tree to Shining Tree? Mushroom and tree symbiosis is an excellent model of mentorship, team engagement, and natural leadership for organizational development.

talking trash

talking trash

I lived in Bali for a short time and, saddened by the pollution that's a global issue, spoke with John Hardy (Founder of The Green School Bali) on ways to minimize plastic. Are you an organization making plastic products or using plastic packaging? There are pretty incredible ideas on how to optimize your supply chain—for yourself and the planet—give me a call. 1.310.694.1314.

travel consciously

travel consciously

Taking time to give something lasting to the communities we visit is a way to contribute but more importantly a way to learn how to do things differently and preserve Natural resources.

response vs reaction

response vs reaction

Intertidal zones are the original example of organisms that handle the ebb and flow of life. Organizations can learn from intertidal zones to design systems and processes that are flexible and resilient enough to handle extreme conditions and changes in environment.

a socially responsible future

a socially responsible future

It's always a pleasure speaking at The Heart Series—where conscious companies gather and exchange best practices. The only way we will become sustainable is by working together and nurturing shared wisdom and mutualistic relationships, like Nature.

 

grasslands + yoga

grasslands + yoga

Taking part in Conservacion Patagonica's 3-week volunteer program was life changing. Helping repair the grassland ecosystem in Patagonia is one of my top three personal accomplishments. Here, taking time to teach new friends some new yoga moves to maintain flexibility after a day's work.

Find Your Flow

Find Your Flow

We all need encouragement to cross new and sometimes challenging thresholds.  Our shared experiences foster support and mutualism along the journey.