The Nature of Business

Global Leaders Applying the Power of Nature to Scale Their Organizations

February 5 - 10, 2019 | Republic of Panama

A Geoversity Executive Program

Go off trail with a diverse circle of global leaders to discover how Nature is evolving the keys to meeting the most pressing challenges facing the modern organization -all in Panama, the epicenter of cultural and biological diversity.

Reserve your spot now in a five-day experiential program where top executives and entrepreneurs team up with thought leaders in business, science, design, and the arts to gain insights from nature that will help them drive their businesses to new levels of performance. The 2019 program is focusing on design solutions to be mined from 3.8 billion years of Nature’s evolutionary R&D and selection for advantage.

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Program Overview

"Companies are living, breathing organisms. As such, the more they can mimic nature, the faster they can scale."

Verne Harnish, Co-founder and Chairman, Geoversity

Join an inspired circle of leaders at The Nature of Business 2019 (NoB19) in discovering the latest in how:

  • Executives are finding in nature the peace and quiet they need to unleash their best creative and problem-solving talents
  • Biological systems are informing strategic decision-making
  • Biomimicry is helping companies achieve breakthroughs in product, service and organizational design
  • Nature is instructing leaders on how to build not just resilient but “anti-fragile” organizations
  • Companies are embracing sustainability and eco-efficiency to drive increased revenues and profits
  • Workplace design is being influenced by natural environs
  • People learning from nature how to develop a “fandom culture” for their art, products, services and organizations

February 5-6, Cultural immersion in dynamic Panama City

Enjoy accommodations in the restored Central Hotel where Teddy Roosevelt stayed in Panama’s old quarter and a reception in an historic seaside residence. Your learning adventure starts with high powered presentations at the Parliament of the Americas located at the Pacific entrance to the interoceanic canal. Spend the late afternoon and evening with Panama’s business and civic leaders, artists and musicians at the nearby Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo and Geoversity’s nearby design innovation center.

February 7-9, Nature immersion at 10,000-acre Mamoní Valley Preserve

Travel by car or by helicopter over the interoceanic canal to a magical place on the Jaguar Trail in one of the Earth top biodiversity hotspots. Engage mind, body and spirit in two full days of stimulating hands-on workshops and learning challenges, with plenty of time for peer-to-peer dialogue and coaching, hiking, swimming andreflection. A late morning return to Panama City on February 9th for an afternoon of choices: Visit the Miraflores locks on the canal, shop and visit historic sites; or participate in one of the special interest meetings that will be organized during the NoB19 program. Conclude the day with a wrap up session and a bon voyage rooftop dinner at Geoversity House by the sea.

February 10, International Departures

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"Nature provides a world beyond what most of us have seen or can imagine. Key to innovation is the opening of our minds to new possibilities. Immersion in nature and learning from nature offers an opportunity to unlock your creative potential."

Dr. David S. Ricketts, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University; Nature of Business Program Chair

Faculty

Geoversity has brought together top thinkers and authors in leadership, marketing, innovation and design who will conduct in-depth workshops, coaching sessions and dialogue tailored to making your business grow. Meet the faculty coaches who will facilitate our three-year Nature of Business executive program:

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Dr. David S. Ricketts

Senior Innovation Scholar, TECH, Harvard University

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Verne Harnish

Founder and CEO, Gazelles; Chairman, Geoversity

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David Meerman Scott

Sales and Marketing Strategist

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Jay Harman

Co-founder and CEO, PAX Scientific Inc.

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Lider Sucre

CEO, Mamoní100

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Francesca Bertone

Co-founder and COO, PAX Scientific, Inc.

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Colin Wiel

Co-Founder and Chairman, Mynd; Founder, Mamoní 100

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Nathan Gray

Founder and Executive Director, Earth Train/Geoversity secretariat

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Dr. David S. Ricketts

Senior Innovation Scholar, TECH, Harvard University

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For over a decade Prof. David Ricketts has helped shape the Innovation in Science and Technology courses at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Winner of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, his work, including coaching top executives, has been recognized in numerous scientific journals and popular science outlets.

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Verne Harnish

Founder and CEO, Gazelles; Chairman, Geoversity

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Cover of the Book, &quote;Scaling Up&quote;

Founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a global executive education and coaching company, Verne Harnish is a best-selling author with his latest book, Scaling Up, winning numerous accolades, including the prestigious International Book Awards 2015.

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David Meerman Scott

Sales and Marketing Strategist

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Covers of books that David Meerman Scott has written

David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed strategist and speaker, whose books and blog are must-reads for professionals seeking to generate attention in ways that grow their business.

Of the ten books he has authored, three are international bestsellers. The New Rules of Marketing & PR, now in its 6th edition, is a modern business classic.

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Jay Harman

Founder and CEO, PAX Scientific, Inc.

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Cover of the Book, &quote;The Shark's Paintbrush&quote;

Author of the acclaimed The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation, Jay Harman brings years of experience as a naturalist, entrepreneur and designer of industry-transforming products based on his lifelong fascination with natural fluid systems.

Working in team with his business and life partner, Francesca Bertone, Jay is one most in-demand speakers on the fast-emerging field of biomimicry.

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Lider Sucre

CEO, Mamoní 100

Introductory video

A Harvard MBA, Lider Sucre become one of Central America’s most respected naturalists and environmental educators serving on the global board of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Following service that included executive director of the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo and co-executive director of Earth Train/Geoversity secretariat, he recently assumed leadership of Mamoní 100.

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Francesca Bertone

Co-founder and COO, PAX Scientific, Inc.

In partnership with Jay Harman, Francesca Bertone has overseen the start-up of the fluid dynamics research and design firm PAX Scientific and six PAX subsidiaries.

Drawing on her experience in business and public education, she is the Executive Director of Nature of Hope, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to biomimicry education.

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Colin Wiel

Co-founder and CTO Mynd; Chairman Rainforest Capital Management.

Introductory video

Colin Wiel co-led the start up of Waypoint Homes that would grow to be a REIT with $3 billion in assets under management, culminating with a spot on the New York Stock Exchange.

Building on the Waypoint experience, Mynd is a a tech-savvy and fast scaling property management company.

Since 2005, Rainforest Capital has been driving the scaling of the Mamoní Valley Preserve and the formation of Mamoní 100.

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Nathan Gray

Founder and Executive Director, Earth Train/Geoversity secretariat.

Introductory video

A long time leader in the fields of international development, socially positive investment and education, Nathan Gray is one of the founders of Oxfam America; the youth leadership organization Earth Train; the Mamoní Valley Preserve and Geoversity.

He has over 40 years field experience in international development.

Learning Environment

You will be venturing into two dramatically contrasting settings. Two nights in Panama City for high powered events at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal followed by two and a half days of jungle immersion and rich dialogue at the 10,000-acre Mamoní Valley Preserve. You’ll be staying at our life science and agricultural center on the continental divide along the Jaguar Trail.

You be experiencing one of the world’s most important ecological hotspots. Host to over 100 years of research led by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama is the most studied tropical area in the world. No place on the planet offers more scientific and natural resources for learning about the workings and patterns of natural systems.

Why settle for a PowerPoint presentation? Join us and actually experience Mother Nature at work in one of her greatest laboratories. Join us in unlocking some of the riches she has been developing over the last 3.8 billion years.

What do last year’s participants have to say about NoB?

  • "It brought me to places where I needed to go but would not have arrived on my own." Lenny Lemoine, President & CEO, The Lemoine Company.
  • "The major takeaway… nature loves “easy” and so do customers of any business. Mother nature always finds the easiest way to accomplish her goals. To become widely adopted, solar needs to be as easy as it is to purchase on amazon.com." TJ Kanczuzewski, Chairman, Inovateus Solar, alumnus The Nature of Business 2017 and 2018.