Earthfire Institute is a returning member of Social Venture Circle.* The organization has a 30-year track record, providing a home for values-aligned business and nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors. Described as a “pioneering conservationist”, on June 17th in New York, Earthfire’s Executive Director, Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D., will be honored by more than 75 guests at SVC’s marquee Summer Soirée event. This fall, Susan will also be speaking in a featured session at the Social Venture Circle Annual Conference – Welcome to the NEXT Economy – A Convening of Business Leaders & Impact Investors. Look forward to more details about this event taking place...

Global Earth Repair Conference, including graphic of linked hands circling the earth, a pod of orcas, and a list of presentation topics

The Global Earth Repair Conference Port Townsend, WA | May 3-5, 2019 Susan will be presenting at the first ever Global Earth Repair Conference, where thought-leaders and practitioners from all walks of life are coming together to draw attention to the worldwide movement of earth repair and to discuss practical action to restore the planet. The conference will weave together a blend of restoration ecology, permaculture, ethno-ecology, forestry, bioengineering, horticulture and many other tracks with the goal of applying this knowledge to regenerate our earth’s ecosystems. This new and formative conference aims to address both the technical and social aspects of planetary regeneration...

Pronghorn and Bison in Grand Teton National Park

Earthfire Institute presents at Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium Susan Eirich, founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute, and Chelsea Carson, Earthfire’s Community Coordinator and graduate research intern, presented papers at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium this March. The conference was a gathering of conservation professionals and passionate individuals interested in improving options for human-wildlife coexistence within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Both Susan and Chelsea used this space to include the voices of the animals within conservation decision making. Susan spoke on “The Compassionate Conservation Movement: How might this change conservation...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The Our Sacred Earth conference in Lucca, Italy was organized by Kamran Mofid, a person of great heart. This gave people the permission and sense of safety needed for the freedom to explore, together and without fear, as we all sought solutions to our current crises. Warmth allows us to open to new possibilities. It was so rich it will take a while to share all the ideas. Some I will share in the next Conservation Conversations and future blogs. But interestingly, one of the presentations that offered a beautiful, unique perspective on healing and moving forward was a project aimed at healing the trauma of the Nazi concentration camps. What does that have...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."—Robert Herrick Her email address was singnsoar, echoing her two great passions, opera singing and flying. She was a woman who lived her life with great intensity. A world-class opera singer who opened in most of the world’s major opera houses, her gorgeous and powerful voice poured forth from the depth of her, exquisitely modulated by her disciplined craft. An experienced, top-notch pilot, she took people on glider flights to see the glory of the Grand Tetons. A beloved teacher, she helped her students find their voice, believing in them when they didn’t believe yet in themselves. There is no greater gift to give than...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In the end all our troubles come down to not treating each other well. Between humans; between humans and other species. If we did there would be very few problems, if you really think about it. The question is why we don’t we treat each other well, when it would make everyone happier and everything would work better. There are many factors. Generations of unhealed trauma. Biological hardwiring for fear, territoriality, and status. Brains that grew too fast, so our forebrains are not yet up to the task of controlling our emotions at the same time as we have the brilliance to create atom bombs. Culture has not really been up to the job of teaching us...

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