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How we can leave a better world for future generations

As part of our Inspiring Minds series, inspired by the Mark Twain quote: great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too, I spoke with the award-winning global food reformist and member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Marc Buckley, also the inspiring host of the Inside Ideas podcast, and editor-at-large for Innovators Magazine and OnePoint5Media.

How would you describe yourself to a young person keen to understand who you are and what’s important to you?

A curious crew member of spaceship earth who deeply desires and works to create transformations that take us into the Symbiocene. I want to put my efforts and talents into building a world that works for everyone. To do this I take a very systemic approach to life addressing all the the facets of complex systems in order to build an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within the safe operating spaces of our planetary boundaries without the ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone. I write, teach, speak, educate, share, and enjoy regenerative tools of futurism to support building critical mass towards the futures that will work for everyone. I follow the Golden Rule treat people and planet as you wish to be treated.

In pursuing your goals, what are the biggest lessons you have learned?

The Golden Rule treat people and planet as you wish to be treated. The way to solve human suffering and our global grand challenges is through addressing all facets of a complex system. Human health is a microcosmos of the world around us. If even one of us suffers we all suffer. Leave the world better than we found it.

What psychological tools and mindsets do you call upon to stay committed?

Regenerative Mindset helps to stay committed. Regenerative Discipline and persistence is freedom to be present when moments of opportunities present themselves.

What books have changed your life and why?

Illusions by Richard Bach, helped me to see that I am a creator and member of this spaceship earth. Hero with a Thousand Faces and Pathways to Bliss by Joseph Campbell, who taught me to follow my bliss and the heros journey, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller; Cosmos by Carl Sagan we are all star dust; Blessed Unrest & Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, to look at the environment and nature in the right way; The Systems View of Life by Prof. Dr. Fritjof Capra; The Web of Meaning by Jeremy Lent; The Nation of Plants by Stefano Mancuso; Symbiosis as a Source of Evolutionary Innovation by Lynn Margulis, and The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg.

Is there a quote; story; image or creative person or object that continues to inspire your belief that anything is possible?

Make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.” – Buckminster Fuller & Follow Your Bliss Joseph Campbell.

One for the road…

I resonate with Mark Twains quote “great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too”. He broke his writers block in Heidelberg, Germany rowing up and down the Neckar River visiting castles which helped him to finish writing the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Another country, language, and another river far from the Mississippi inspired the American classic. We are all crew members of the spaceship earth and global citizens.

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John D. Liu is a contributing editor at Innovators Magazine. A television producer and cameraman with CBS News, RAI and ZDF in the 1990s, he is a respected film-maker and also the founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps and Communities Movement. John is also on the advisory board for the UNEP and FAO led Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-2030.

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