“What is it that brings us together at a time like this? The immediate word is ‘crisis’.”

Cacey Camp Horinek — Tribal Councilwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

The 2019 Flourishing Diversity Summit, held at University College London, provided a collaborative space where representatives of 17 different indigenous wisdom traditions came together to share their wisdom, ideas and strategies for addressing contemporary environmental challenges.

Incorporating powerful speeches, workshops, ancestral songs, stories and ceremonies, participants were invited to deepen their awareness and understanding of their role and responsibility in sustaining and creating places where diversity can flourish.

Impact & Outcomes

  • Over 1000 people attended over the 3 days including members of various Extinction Rebellion groups, students, conservation non-profits, conservation funders, school teachers, academics, media, religious leaders and renowned activists including Vandana Shiva, Bruce Parry and Kofi Klu.
  • Seven major broadcast and online outlets covered the event with a combined reach of over 7.63 million. We facilitated interviews with a number of the Indigenous representatives for the BBC, TIMES magazine, Forbes, Metro and Le Monde.
  • The idea for the Mother Earth Delegation of United Indigenous Nations was seeded on day 3 of the summit and has now become its own initiative.
  • Three Indigenous communities were directly connected to funders, bringing support to their projects.
  • An opportunity for collaboration to strengthen work in the Amazon rainforest was identified at the event and has now become its own initiative.
  • Art duo Alexandrov Klum created an Artfilm capturing wisdoms from six of the traditions represented. We are looking to launch this in partnership with international art organisations in 2021.
  • Indigenous representatives reported great value and learning from listening to and conversing with other communities facing very similar challenges. A number of new project ideas were sparked during the summit.
Date Added: 27 January 2021