By exploring the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world, CONNECTIVITY PROJECT highlights how different cultures and traditions from around the world, and even science, embrace the importance of interconnectedness.
Connectivity Project Virtual Premiere & Film Discussion
Film and Docuseries
FREE to watch April 26 – May 3, 2022
Produced by Rose Madrone and Melissa Gregory Rue
Directed by Rose Madrone and Robert Consentino
Streaming: 45 mins
Seen on PBS
a documentary and short film series about the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world
Connectivity Project examines the idea of chaos theory and explores how our stories and actions can have a powerful ripple effect around the world.
How many times have you wondered, “Does what I do make a difference in the world?” Connectivity Project explores this ever-present question, in a visually stunning film and docuseries. Featuring interviews with tribal elders, noted scientists, and environmental activists, the series weaves connections between science, culture and spirituality.
Through speaker sessions and film discussions, we will unpack the butterfly effect metaphor and discover that even the smallest actions can have a large impact. How would we act if we saw the world differently?
In nature’s grand design, the vital connection between honey bees, our food supply and human society is boundless. Our take action “Plants Have Wings” session will be devoted to discussing the steep challenges and practical ways we can support our local pollinators.
Fritjof Capra Physicist – Systems Thinker, Author
Lois Gibbs – Renowned Activist and Organizer
Ilarion Larry Merculieff – Aleut Wisdom Keeper
Jon Young Teacher – Tracker, Mentor, Author
Kendall Jensen – Teacher
Clarissa Howtopat – Student
Greg Dardis – Professor
Mace Vaughan – Xerces Society Outreach Coordinator
Kelly Green Guilbeau – Founder Milkweed Matters
Jacqueline Freeman – Beekeeper, Author
Matt O’Neal Pollination – Researcher and Scientist
David Gossman – Farmer
Watch entire film for FREE at your own pace from April 26 – May 3
The movie is available as three separate 15 minute short films, or as a 45-minute compilation.
“Interconnections” and “Plant Have Wings” short film screenings and panel discussion
Panel Session Replay
00:00 – 4:36: Intro with HOST: Thea La Grou – Films for the Planet
04:37 – 11:29: Overview with MODERATOR: Rose Madrone – Director / Producer Connectivity Project
11:30 – 12:31: “Interconnections” Trailer
12:32 – 27:10: Ilarion Merculieff – Indigenous Wisdom Keeper
27:10 – 36:43: Santana Rabang – Youth Activist
36:43 – 37:57: Trailer “Plants Have Wings”
38:16 – 44:54: Reed Lievers – Pollinator Partnership
45:00 – Conclusion
Transformational Learning and Take Action Resources
During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications. Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution. In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems.
“Connectedness, relationship, and interdependence are fundamental concepts of ecology; and connectedness, relationship, and belonging are also the essence of spiritual experience. The defining characteristic of “deep ecology” is a shift from anthropocentric to ecocentric values. It is a worldview that acknowledges the inherent value of non-human life, recognizing that all living beings are members of ecological communities, bound together in networks of interdependencies. When we look at the world around us, we find that we are not thrown into chaos and randomness but are part of a great order, a grand symphony of life.” ~ Fritjof Capra
“Continued human viability depends on Emergency action to stop the damage, facilitate Earth’s healing, and advance the Emergence of an Ecological Civilization. Successful navigation of the essential transition requires the maps of an eco-nomics to guide us in fulfilling our essential needs while simultaneously
fulfilling the distinctive responsibilities of humans within Earth’s community of life. So long as each local community meets its needs through its own labor in self-reliant balance with its local ecosystems, Earth’s community of life remains in healthy balance with itself and Earth. We must organize around what makes communities most healthy rather than what makes corporations most profitable.” ~David Korten
The Work That Reconnects, based in the teachings of Joanna Macy, unfolds as a spiral journey through four stages: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New / Ancient Eyes, and Going Forth. Each of these stages leads naturally to the next. The journey helps us experience first hand that we are larger, stronger, more creative – and more deeply interconnected – than we knew.
Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination – they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. One out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. Pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.
Invite pollinators into your neighborhood by planting a pollinator friendly habitat in your garden, farm, school, part or just about anywhere. Our ecoregional planting guides, Selecting Plants for Pollinators, are tailored to specific areas of the United States. You can find out which ecoregion you live in and get your free guide by entering your zip code. Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. (refresh page to reload video)
Our Bee Sanctuaries consist of honeybee hives and/or native bee houses placed in zoos, urban farms, and other green spaces where they serve as valuable environmental and educational resources. Host locations provide protected habitat that includes food and nesting sites for bumble, mason, carpenter, leafcutter, honey and other bees, and sites are maintained by The Bee Conservancy’s dedicated team of Sanctuary Beekeepers. By placing Bee Sanctuaries in public places, we invite communities to observe bees in action, fostering public support for critical pollinators while bolstering local biodiversity. (refresh page to reload video)
Although pollinator conservation is a big task, it all begins with each of us adopting four simple steps: growing pollinator-friendly flowers, providing nest sites, avoiding pesticides, and spreading the word. With these core values, pollinator conservation can be adapted to any location, whether you tend an urban community garden or a suburban yard, work in a city park or on a farm. Make your commitment to these four principles official by signing our Pollinator Protection Pledge! Over ten thousand people have already signed the pledge to protect pollinators. Will you join them?
Honey bees are keystone species in their environment. A keystone species is a species that has a disproportionate role in an ecosystem relative to its size in that ecosystem. The removal of a keystone species will create a ripple effect across the system that could destabilize the entire system. The modern economic importance of bees is impressive, but Apis mellifera has been connected to human society for thousands of years. From art and mythology to politics and engineering, honey bees and their products have played important roles. Honey bees are present in nearly every culture from which we have evidence. Political theorists, artists, poets, architects, scientists, systems thinkers and mathematicians have all found inspiration from honey bees.
Working with honey bees gives you the unique opportunity to look inside a complex system of interactions. Some scientists classify a colony of social insects as a “superorganism.” This is because the members of the colony act with singular purpose. All of the activities of the individual are executed for the benefit of the colony. As you grow familiar with the activities of the honey bee you begin to see the superorganism, that is the colony and the complexity of the hive, manifest. As complex as the structure is, it seems simple when compared to the colony’s relationship to the ecosystem! Honey bees are keystone species. The removal of a keystone species will create a ripple effect across the system that could destabilize the entire system. Some ecosystems may rely on the synergy of several different keystone species. The name “keystone species” comes from the field of architecture and the structure of an arch. The keystone is the wedge-shaped stone in the top center of the arch. If the keystone is removed, the arch will collapse. (refresh page to reload video)
The free viewing April 26 – May 3, is made possible by the generous support of Connectivity Project’s distributor, Bullfrog Films. Over the last 48 years, Bullfrog Films has become the leading US publisher of independently-produced documentaries on environmental and related social justice issues. Interested in hosting your own community screening and discussion of the film? Book now with Bullfrog Communities!
To stream the film or purchase a Digital Site License (DSL) contact Bullfrog Films. Great for organizations, fundraising, academic, and students to cultivate a sense of awe, belonging, responsibility, and ultimately seeing that what we each do makes a difference.
Contact Connectivity Project if you are interested in hosting a presentation or screening in your community. If you are interested in integrating Connectivity Project’s educational resources into your current work and community conversations, visit Connectivity Project for more information.
Films for the Planet events are on a pay-what-you-can basis
A suggested $10 donation helps to cover our production costs
Thank you for your kind support!
THE COSMOLOGY OF CONNECTION
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“This is probably one of the most important projects on earth at this time. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity and its necessity. I was so deeply moved by this work. You have hit the core of not just the problem but of where we should all be focusing our attention.” – Jean Houston, Philosopher, Scholar, principle founder of the human potential movement
“It’s so well done – and inspiring.” – J Sawyer, Pulitzer Center Executive Director
“In these times of alienation and polarization, these films have an important message about how we are all connected.” – S Ames
“The films made my students realize how we are in a small or great way all connected.” – M. Hatfield, University Professor
“You never know how a single thing you do will affect others in the grand scheme of things. It causes me to think more before I act.” – Rob L, 10th Grade Student
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
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April 26 – May 3
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Films for the Planet events are on a pay-what-you-can basis.
Thank you for your kind support!