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TEDxHomer - Dr. Trista Patterson - What Would Nature Do?

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2010

Dr. Trista Patterson, a former whitewater rafting guide (US, Patagonia, Italy, Nepal and Costa Rica) takes us on an uncommon exploration of economics (a.k.a. 'the dismal science')- showing how principles found in nature, and human nature, can help us sustain global economies and ecosystems.

Dr. Patterson repurposes, redesigns and restructures economic systems, to better align them with the planet's living systems of which they are a part. She has pioneered strategies to reduce the cost and environmental footprint of federal governments (the world's largest consumers) and co-leads the D4 design team of the United Nations Environment Program TEEB: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity a collaboration of scientists, policymakers, businesses, and citizens reporting on the global value of nature. A noted economist, writer, systems thinker, she has served as scholar in residence at the Santa Fe Institute, the University of Siena, Italy, and as a Meadows Fellow at the Sustainability Institute. She joins us from Sitka.

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