Geoversity is an ecosystem of leaders and organizations collaborating in the pursuit of breakthroughs in human design, enterprise, and creative expression, inspired by Nature.
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.
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.
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.
Our Experience Mamoní staff handles all these life changing experiences and services in the Mamoní Valley Preserve, including events at Centro Mamoní.
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.
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.
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:
Continual enrichment of the biocultural, generational and operational diversity of the Geoversity ecosystem.
Promoting networking, joint venture development and learning between alliance members and collaborators.
Go beyond problem-solving to focus on transformative breakthroughs.
Check out our Geoversity Startup Report 2016-2017 here.
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.
3D Design in Bamboo
A Geoversity Design Course
October 7th-11th, 2019 | City of Knowledge, Panama
A five-day intensive for experienced designers on using 3D modeling software for building with bamboo.
This will be an intensive workshop in which students will be introduced to bamboo and a selection of 3D modelling software. Students will use a base design which is the ‘Rosa de Los Vientos’ roof system in response to an actual architectural brief. This will then be modelled in the computer by learning Rhinoceros 3D, and then a component will be selected within the design to develop through parametric software to create design options. These should respond to the variable characteristics of the intended use and location: Geoversity’s Mamoní Valley Field Office, village of El Valle, District of Chepo, Mamoní Valley Preserve.
Read the program: 3D Design in Bamboo Course.
Capacity limited to only 12 people. Reserve your spot sending an email to info-(AT)-geoversity-(DOT)-org.
Mother Nature of Invention
A Geoversity Executive Program
November 2nd-3rd, 2019 | Harvard University
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
February 5th to February 9th, 2020 | Republic of Panama
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.
Watch the video about the First Trans Continental Expedition aired by the Panamanian National TV news here.
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.
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Watch the video aired by the Panamanian National TV news here.
The Nature of Business (NoB19): Designing with Nature
A Geoversity Executive Program
February 5th to February 10th, 2019 | Republic of Panama
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
February 9th to February 14th, 2019 | Republic of Panama
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.
Private Sector & Public Institutions
Companies often engage through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and events or longer lasting joint-ventures.
Volunteering and Learning Opportunities
Students, youth leaders and experienced professionals of all ages can enroll in our Biocultural Volunteering and Internship Program (BVIP).
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: info-(AT)-geoversity-(DOT)-org for more information about joining.
We welcome your donation in support of the work of Geoversity.