The Future Nature Initiative (FNI)

Integral Ecology in Practice

The Future Nature Initiative stages ecological interventions in significant land and seascapes by creating an open and celebratory atmosphere for all involved. FNI is animated by the assumption that experiential learning, performance, and art are a necessary means through which new ideas, values, and attitudes are created, tested, and, importantly, embodied.

"How do you change the way the world thinks and acts? By breaking down barriers, between disciplines, between academics and the general public, between communities, between human beings and nature.""

Through knowledge mobilization and public engagement, coupled with experiential learning and the arts, the Future Nature Initiative aims at nothing less than ecological conversion. It is not enough to talk about the challenges facing the earth over the coming years; we must learn new patterns of behavior, imagine alternative models of production and exchange, engage the senses, and intimately acquaint individuals and groups with local environments and cultures.

Our Events

FNI: Sarapiqui

FANE team Kyla Bruff, Sean McGrath, Barry Stephenson, and Joachim Rathmann will be travelling to the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica in April, 2024, to co-organize the “The Future Nature Initiative: Sarapiqui” event.

FNI: Gros Morne

The Future Nature Gros Morne (2015) assembled a community of concern around the fragile land and seascape on the West Coast of Newfoundland. It was an experimental fusion of academic conference, public engagement, experiential learning, and art expo, in short, a festival.