About Us

Geoversity is an ecosystem of leaders and organizations collaborating in the pursuit of breakthroughs in human design, enterprise, and creative expression, inspired by Nature.

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Fundación Geoversity (formerly Fundación Earth Train), is the Panamanian not-for-profit umbrella organization responsible for sustainable governance, conservation and development of all initiatives of both Geoversity and the Mamoní Valley Preserve.

Geoversity Foundation (formerly Earth Train Foundation, established in 1991) is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity dedicated to supporting the mission of the Geoversity ecosystem.

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The Mamoní Valley Preserve is a 4,970-hectare (12,900-acre) land conservancy aspiring to geographically include the entire 11,700-hectare upper Mamoní watershed.

Mamoní Valley Preserve is the name of the U.S. 501 (c) (3) private operating foundation solely dedicated to the conservation and educational functions of the Preserve.

Geoversity’s main campus is Centro Mamoní, a rainforest science, research, retreat and training center in the Preserve that was established by Fundación Geoversity in 2001. This center is strategically located in forested land on the continental divide which is also the southern border of Gunayala an autonomous territory of the indigenous Guna people.

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Geoversity Xpeditions provides logistics and visitor services that enable national and international groups of adventurers, researchers, students, interns and executives the opportunity to learn from nature in a life changing experience.

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Our Experience Mamoní staff handles all these life changing experiences and services in the Mamoní Valley Preserve, including events at Centro Mamoní.

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Geoversity Design is an initiative of our Designing with Nature program. It is set up to promote a sustainable economy and livelihood in the Mamoní Valley and beyond. Just like Geoversity Xpeditions and Experience Mamoní, it also supports the financing of our biocultural mission on a not-for-profit basis.

Geoversity Design works closely with renowned architects and builders on this project and our experimental nursery in Mamoní Valley Preserve has a crucial role in completing an already advanced bamboo value chain. That includes the planting, harvesting, curing, design and the prefabrication of modular structures that we have been developing throughout the past three years. Training workshops and building projects are carried out on a regular basis and upon request, just like local communities in the Mamoní Valley are invited to take part in this development for their benefit. Click here to see one of our modular structures showcased at Centro Mamoní. To get an in-depth view of our program, watch our Geoversity Design video.

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Mamoní 100 is an invitation-only membership club focused on development and conservation in the Mamoní Valley while creating at the same time a social network of supporters in the US and abroad. So far, Mamoní 100 has acquired 3,750 hectares of land from cattle ranchers to provide a solid foundation for the Mamoní Valley Preserve. Some of these properties are now being transferred to the foundations for long lasting protection.

 

Meet the Geoversity's team: Board of Directors, Staff, Advisors & Support Team.

Vision

Geoversity´s vision is biocultural renewal at a global level, a popular shift in worldview, moving away from values and practices that set humankind apart from nature, toward a fully evolved oneness with nature.

Our core strategic values are:

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Diversity

Continual enrichment of the biocultural, generational and operational diversity of the Geoversity ecosystem.

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Cooperation

Promoting networking, joint venture development and learning between alliance members and collaborators.

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Emergence

Go beyond problem-solving to focus on transformative breakthroughs.

Geoversity: Strategic Planning and Start-Up February 26, 2016
In September 2016, Dr. David Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), published a report called "Geoversity: Strategic Planning and Start-Up February 26, 2016". You can view and download it here.
Geoversity: Strategic Planning and Start-Up February 26, 2016

Check out our Geoversity Startup Report 2016-2017 here.

Programs

We pursue our mission through teamwork in three related areas of innovation: 1. Ecological Research and Service (Ecosystem Conservation), 2. Designing with Nature, and 3. Leadership and Learning.

Ecological Research and Service

We are developing land conservancy models that ensure:

  • the conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems
  • scientific field research
  • sustainable communities and enterprise
  • the honoring of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • public-private sector collaboration in the management of protected areas

Designing with Nature

We engage accomplished designers, builders, and artists in the design and prototyping of structures, engineered solutions and art that:

  • adopt Nature’s 3.8 billion years of evolutionary R&D (Biomimicry)
  • celebrate natural materials
  • ensure a connectedness to and harmony with nature

Geoversity Design is a market oriented initiative of Geoversity’s Designing with Nature program; including creative bamboo play and building events (BambooGanza).

 

Leadership and Learning

We conduct and support research and learning with thought leaders and top talent in business, science, education and the arts -always enriched with dialogue and total immersion in cultural and biological diversity.

 

Upcoming Events

Mother Nature of Invention

A Geoversity Executive Program

A historic invitation-only Geoversity summit at Harvard University among stakeholders and creatives on the leading edge of tech inspired by Nature.

The Nature of Business (NoB20)

A Geoversity Executive Program

A gathering in Panama City with keynote speakers (including Verne Harnish and David Meerman Scott) followed by activities and workshops in the rainforest of the Mamoní Valley Preserve with business leaders from around the world, learning from Nature.

2nd Trans Continental Expedition

A Geoversity Xpeditions itinerary

February 18-24th, 2020 | Republic of Panama

After the successful first pioneer edition of the Trans Continental Expedition, we are now working on making it ever better, if possible.

Stay tuned!

Watch the video about the First Trans Continental Expedition aired by the Panamanian National TV news here.

Recent Events

The Nature of Business Forum

at the Parlatino, Republic of Panama

February 6th, 2019

Organized by Geoversity, with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Panama (EO), and in collaboration with APEDE and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP), the forum, held in the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), counted with the participation of an extraordinary lineup of world renowned business leaders, who enlightened us with lessons that can be learnt from nature in order to improve our organizational structures.

Click here for more info.

Watch the video aired by the Panamanian National TV news here.

The Nature of Business (NoB19): Designing with Nature

A Geoversity Executive Program

In our third year of the program we gained practical insights from nature that help drive businesses to new levels of performance. We enjoyed a one day educational program in Panama City and a three day immersion program in the jungle at Centro Mamoni in the Mamoni Valley Preserve.

Learn more about The Nature of Business program.

 

1st Trans Continental Expedition

A Geoversity Field Xpeditions itinerary

For the first time in modern history, an international team of explorers traversed remote areas of Panama, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, in only four days. A media team followed the expedition all the way from the dry and deforested Pacific side of the isthmus, through the Mamoní Valley Preserve —in restoration thanks to a Geoversity initiative— and through the lush Guna territory, until we reached the Caribbean coast of Panama. The documentary is expected to show how causes and effects of climate change are perceived by the participants as they mountain bike over dusty hills, hike and river raft in the rainforest, and paddle through mangroves.

Learn more about the Expedition program.

 

Join Us

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Private Sector & Public Institutions

Companies often engage through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and events or longer lasting joint-ventures.

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Volunteering and Learning Opportunities

Students, youth leaders and experienced professionals of all ages can enroll in our Biocultural Volunteering and Internship Program (BVIP).

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Development Cooperation

The Geoversity secretariat hosts and promotes international and grassroots development initiates that are models of collaboration in the service of the Geoversity mission.

Contact the Geoversity secretariat via email at: for more information about joining.