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Finian Makepeace is the Co-Founder of Kiss the Ground, a recording artist, and an activist. His passion for changing the world brought him to study political science at UCLA. His calling is that people experience that they are a part of making history. He works to make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place for humans and all of nature.
Telling the Story of Regenerative Agriculture
Advocating and presenting on healthy soil and regenerative agriculture
The Objective: Getting you off the sidelines and on to the court as a more confident advocate, presenter, writer, organizer for this subject.(Yes, that means YOU doing more talks, and activities around promoting this idea to your community and the world).
The Reason: Any movement goes through three stages, Awareness, Attitude changes, and Action. We are still desperately in need of spreading awareness so that this movement hits an awareness tipping point. That is why each of us must continue our work and become advocates and messengers.
What we learn:
- Public speaking tips like being comfortable with your audience, making professional slide decks, and techniques of internalizing instead of memorizing.
- Using the hands on examples like bread and flower test, Slack test, and soil infiltration tests
- Content (using the “Nuggets”):
- What is regenerative agriculture?
- Explaining why regeneration is not sustainable.
- How carbon builds soil.
- How to talk about it to different audiences
- Lastly, finding tools that are helpful for YOUR presentation.
What we do: the workshop is about 50% content (interactive lecture style) and 50% exercises and small group/partner work.
What is needed: Please bring laptops if you have them. Few printed versions are available but these workshop groups continue online so laptops are preferred.
Highlights from last year’s event.
We invite you to enjoy videos from our 2017 Conference here. The annual Quivira Conference is internationally renowned for bringing together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference creates a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. Quivira’s outstanding speakers and attendees contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee brings something unique to the table, and each departs with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
2017 Conference Speaker Videos
The Quivira Coalition documents its conference every year. We love to share the content of this event with those who were not able to join us in person. You can also view the 2017 videos, along with past years, on the Quivira You Tube page.
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