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.

The Mamoní Valley Preserve is home to our main campus: Centro Mamoní. This rainforest center for scientific research, retreats, and training, was established by Fundacion Geoversity in 2001, and supported by Mamoní 100.

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.

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Meet the Geoversity 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.

We envision the Mamoní Valley Preserve to become a peaceful place on the planet where plants, people and animals of the Mamoní Valley coexist harmoniously in a thriving rainforest environment, for global impact.

Mission

Create life-changing learning experiences and global communities of purpose in the service of the Geoversity and Mamoní Valley Preserve visions.

Programs

We pursue our mission through teamwork in three related areas of innovation: 1. Ecology and Conservation, 2. Creating with Nature, and 3. Life Changer.

 

Ecology and Conservation

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

Creating 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

Click here to see one of our modular structures showcased at Centro Mamoní. Watch our Geoversity Design video.

 

Life Changer

Geoversity’s Life Changer programs are about immersion in the natural and cultural diversity of Panama - with a purpose.

Our team of experts works with youth activists, students, indigenous leaders, and executives on learning and action missions.

In short, we co-create team-building expeditions that are physically and mentally challenging and rich in meaning. We offer experiences that have you going “beyond the World we are getting to creating the World we want”.

 

Upcoming Events

Earth Vision Journey

A Geoversity Youth Leadership Expedition

Some of the World’s most vigorous youth leaders meet in Panama to share their own Life Changer experiences. This invitation-only expedition across Central America begins in the Pacific Ocean on the Oceanía Expedition vessel, enters the Bayano Wetlands where Mirpuri and Geoversity foundations are developing a Research Station and makes a halt at Centro Mamoní where it will inaugurate Geoversity´s School of Biocultural Leadership, before continuing through the breathtaking primary rainforest.

Power of Nature

A Geoversity Youth & Executive Program

A biomimicry and youth leadership summit in Panama City and Centro Mamoní.

The Biomimicry Institute's program provides nature-inspired innovators and early-stage biomimicry projects with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to turn their project into a successful biomimicry startup.

Read the program.

Cébaco Sailing Expedition

A Geoversity Life Changer Expedition

Explore alternative locations for Geoversity’s marine field station – aka Life Changer campus - on the Pacific island of Cébaco. Inexperienced participants will learn about sailing techniques, navigation, and get a good idea about open water sailing.

Read the program: Cébaco Sailing Expedition.

By invitation only. Request your invitation at .

2nd Trans Continental Expedition

A Geoversity Life Changer Expedition

This is the first ever open Geoversity Transcontinental Expedition. Participants must be in excellent physical shape for this demanding itinerary and still be open to learn from Mother Nature. We will cross the Continental Divide in pristine nature by paddling, mountain-biking, jungle-trekking, and rafting. First sign-ups will get the chance to co-define participant requirements of this small expedition with max 11 members.

Watch the video teaser here.

Recent Events

Centro Mamoní Open House

A Geoversity Executive Program

A magic weekend in the unique Mamoní Valley and surrounding biodiversity hotspot with stories from the rainforest.

Read the program: Centro Mamoní Open House.

3D Design in Bamboo

A Geoversity Design Course

This course covered the gap between computational design software and the realities bamboo construction. Participants learnt about bamboo and how architects should design for durability using software such as Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper.

Read the report here.

Mother Nature of Invention Summit

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 (NoB19): Designing with Nature

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.

Learn more about The Nature of Business program.

 

The Nature of Business Forum

A Geoversity Executive Program

February 6, 2019 | Parlatino, Republic of Panama

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.

1st Trans Continental Expedition

A Geoversity Field Expeditions 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, crossing the Mamoní Valley Preserve —in restoration thanks to a Geoversity initiative— and through the lush Guna territory.

Read the article by Panorama Magazine here.

Join Us

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Private Sector & Public Institutions

Companies engage through voluntary carbon offset and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives or longer lasting joint-ventures.

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Volunteering and Intern Opportunities

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

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Development Cooperation

Geoversity 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.

Partners

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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.

 

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