Wild Ideas Worth Sharing

Indian PaintbrushThe Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series, held in collaboration with the Academy of Science St. Louis, offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region and world. A diversity of people share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region and around the world, and challenge us to wildly rethink how we live, work and play.

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis and the 100+ organizations within its network, the Wild Ideas series returns in 2017 with a line-up of local and global perspectives on how cities, communities and entire cultures can live in ways that enable a greater diversity of life to survive and thrive:

May 24, 2017; 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis
Increasing multi-cultural connections & opportunities
Featured speakers:

Carlotta Lewis | Missouri State Parks
Urban Connections: Your Adventure Starts Here
Carlotta Lewis is a Park Operations and Planning Specialist in the St. Louis Area Outreach office of Missouri State Parks where she organizes and manages urban outreach programs offering recreational diversity for groups in the metropolitan area.
 Carlotta Lewis 
Nick Speed | EarthDance Organic Farms
Cultivating Environmental & Food Justice
Through his AmeriCorps service, Nick discovered a passion for community engagement, especially with youth. Reflecting on that experience, he will share how environmental stewardship and food access can empower the next generation.
 Nick Speed 
Joel Walker | International Institute Global Farms
Reconnecting Refugees to Farming Traditions in the Urban Environment 
Joel Walker holds a B.S. in Ecological Horticulture. With more than 35 years in the field, his experience includes service with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, where he worked training local farmers in agriculture, agroforestry, and HIV/Aids awareness.
 Joel Walker 
Romanda Walker | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Diversity & Inclusion in the Great Outdoors
Romanda L. Walker was named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian Journalist of the Year. She is also the creator of the video “Rolling into Riverlands,” where she highlighted how public lands can be accessible to everyone. Mrs. Walker serves as a mentor and tutor to high school and college students with and without disabilities. She travels the state and country educating many about disability awareness.
 Romanda Walker 

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis and Missouri State Parks
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden's Monsanto Center, 4500 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis
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July 25, 2017; 6–8 p.m.
Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World
How science, art, and imagination create change
Featured speakers:

Dr. Leighton Reid
Assistant Scientist, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden
"Visualizing Rainforests in Tropical Cow Pastures"
Leighton ReidAs a restoration ecologist, Dr. Leighton Reid aims to improve ecological restoration outcomes through applied research, capacity building, and public engagement. Since 2014, Dr. Reid has been at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, where he collaborates with botanists, reintroduction biologists, and conservation ecologists to address biodiversity conservation issues regionally and globally. His approach includes observing ecosystem recovery, identifying barriers to ecosystem development, and designing and testing strategies to improve restoration outcomes. Dr. Reid has studied birds, bats, seed dispersal, tree communities, vascular epiphytes, and human dimensions of restoration in southern Costa Rica, small mammal communities in California and Oregon, and long-term plant community changes in eastern hardwood forests. Drawing on his experiences studying ecosystem recovery and restoration in Costa Rica, Madagascar, and Missouri, Leighton will share how observing natural history can reveal the ecological potential of degraded landscapes.

Dr. David Haskell
Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, University of the South
"The Songs of Trees"
David HaskellThe lives of people and trees have been connected since the dawn of humanity. In the modern era these relationships take many forms, from industrial forestry and urban street trees to “conserved” nature and fuel for “green” electricity production. Dr. David Haskell traveled to a dozen trees around the world to listen to these diverse interconnections. His work combines sound recording, conversations with local people, and investigations of the scientific literature, all rooted in repeated sensory engagement with the trees. The result is a book, The Songs of Trees, that combines contemplation and science, ethics and literature. Haskell’s scientific research on ecology, evolution, and conservation has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, among others. Deborah Blum, Pulitzer winner and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT wrote that Haskell "may be the finest literary nature writer working today." 

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis, and Missouri Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, Ridgway Visitor Center, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis
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Barbara DeutschSeptember 12, 2017; 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Landscape Performance Series
Making the case for sustainable landscape solutions
Featured speaker: Barbara Deutsch, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis and Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
Location: Alberici, 8800 Page Avenue, St. Louis
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Dr. Elaine InghamNovember 2, 2017; 6–8:30 p.m.
The Soil Web of Life
Featured speaker: Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Foodweb Inc.
Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis and Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
Location: Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS), 101 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, McDonnell Hall – Building 24
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Sponsored by the Trio Foundation of Saint Louis. 

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