What we do


1EARTH INSTITUTE™ – uniquely and excitingly – stands for the merging of two distinct bodies of knowledge: Indigenous traditional knowledge with sustainability and innovation.

Does it matter in today’s times that Indigenous peoples have lived sustainably for millennia and have treated the Earth with profound respect and acted as Her custodians?

Yes. The UN estimates that Indigenous territories cover approximately 20% of the Earth’ landmass. This 20% landmass stewarded by Indigenous peoples amazingly contains 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

Our global reality is a depleted Earth. The consequences of the havoc we have inflicted through our economies onto our living support system are escalating climate change, crippling human rights injustices and run-away extinctions. Are we going to live like lemmings, racing towards self-destruction? Or are we going to sensibly re-learn how to sustainably survive and thrive?

We do not own the Earth, we owe Her our survival, and we are intrinsically interlinked, – these fundamental truths were never forgotten by the Indigenous stewards of the 80% of the remaining biodiversity.

1EARTH INSTITUTE™ believes that the way forward is in the rethinking of our economies as a subset of the environment and integration of traditional wisdom ways to reconnect us to Land, Country and Spirit. It is time.

This is how we propose to do this:

Our approach

LEARNING – There is urgency for us to re-think and act. Through all our cross-cultural learning programs we support the collective re-orienting necessary for the evolutionary leap we must now take.

One way we do this is through cross-cultural dialogue circles, an effective way of bridging cultural complexities and giving voice to disparate understandings of an issue in corporate, policy, cultural, and many other decision making processes.

Cross-cultural dialogue circles are also an elegant way of dealing with different assumptions and opinions. Defending and challenging assumptions often can give rise to discussions with elevated emotional charges. David Bohm, the eminent physicist, recalls that Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr developed such a dislike of each other because each believed they held the unique truth as they defended rigid positions. In this way, they remained separate and the fertile ground for dialogue and scientific interchange was not established. 

Dialogue circles deal with such hard stances in creating a space in which listening to all opinions is promoted. An essential part of dialogue circles is that they reveal assumptions. It is not necessary to convince one another. During the process, each will see the other side’s position which will allow the two polarized groups to talk to each other. Dialogue circles are processes which explore assumptions, perspectives and beliefs and which allow the space for fresh and original insights to emerge.

Our last Dialogue Circle VOICE OF THE EARTH was held in Santa Fe on 28/29 October 2017 led by two outstanding leaders, one Indigenous Elder and Mamo, Calixto Suarez, and Glenn A. Parry PhD,  author of the seminal book on dialogue circles’ Original Thinking’. We facilitate on demand cross-cultural dialogue circles  in corporate training, events, conferences & policy meetings. 

CONNECTING – The 1EARTH INSTITUTE™ Services Directory will globally link individuals with the professional knowledge, ability, wisdom and willingness to create collaborative solutions through a listings of their services. We will be all connected, inspired, and able to find professional cross-cultural assistance and teachings around the world.

COLLABORATING – The aim of 1EARTH INSTITUTE™ is to protect, preserve and restore our living support system. Through our cross-cultural Partnership Projects we will collaborate with communities and individuals to gain the means for sustainable self-reliance and in turn support the ecosystem.


“The greatest distance in the existence of Man is not from here to there nor from there to here. Nay, the greatest distance in the existence of Man is from his mind to his heart. Unless he conquers that distance he can never learn to soar like an eagle and realize his own immensity within.”

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, Qilaut elder

Our proposition

COMPLEMENTARITY – There is much to re-learn, and we are apprenticing with the best from both worlds. 1EARTH INSTITUTE™ unreservedly recognises Indigenous knowledge as being of equal value to Western knowledge; it represents the complementary half to the sustainability innovation.

PARTNERSHIP – The work of 1EARTH INSTITUTE™ is about imaginative practical collaboration and partnership between cultures to find solutions together.

CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCIES – All of 1EARTH INSTITUTE™ programs are designed to strengthen broad cross-cultural competences.

It is our belief that the individual and collective learning through our services will be more potent, healing and powerful than a simplistic ‘sum of two‘.

We are looking after our future generations with a long view.


Our Cross-Cultural Programs

1EARTH INSTITUTE™ merges two bodies of knowledge into global learning programs: Traditional INDIGENOUS wisdom with SUSTAINABILITY innovation know-how. These two bodies of knowledge are the two fitting halves; unified they become the source for practical cross-cultural solutions to benefit all life.


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Our Global Services Directory

1EARTH INSTITUTE™ will provide a global directory for Indigenous services & professionals. The services of cross-cultural specialists and teachers, speakers, trainers, experts, scientists, Indigenous Elders, scientists, and providers of ceremonial services will be listed, and all will be connected globally on our 1EARTH INSTITUTE™ Services Directory.



Our Partnership Projects

1EARTH INSTITUTE™ supports, initiates and collaborates in partnership projects which bring together innovation and tradition. Indigenous community renewable energy, biomimicry and traditional agriculture projects are but two examples of cross-cultural joint ventures, which have a common benefit and support community.