How New Mexico Successfully Passed Its Healthy Soils Act
In this on-demand webinar, Didi Pershouse interviews four of the many people involved in helping the State of New Mexico (USA) reach agreement on soil health legislation during April of 2019.
Speakers Christina Allday-Bondy, Jeff Goebel, Isabelle Jenniches, and Robb Hirsch offer a behind-the-scenes look at the six months worth of consensus-building and policy-shaping that they facilitated among very diverse groups.
They discuss the ways that curiosity, listening, holistic policy analysis, and consensus-building practices shaped the positive outcome, the bill HB-204 that passed in the House 48-6, and unanimously passed in the Senate 34-0 in March of 2019.
Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She is a lead author for the upcoming United Nations FAO Technical Manual on Soil Organic Carbon Management, and a contributing author to the upcoming volume: Health in the Anthropocene.
As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring the health of people as well as the environmental and social systems around them. After 22 years of clinical work, Pershouse now travels widely in North America and Europe as a speaker and teacher. Her participatory workshops engage farmers and ranchers, policy makers, investors, and environmentalists in deep listening, systems thinking, and emergent strategies.
Both online and in-person, Pershouse is a skilled facilitator, who can bring together conservatives and liberals into effective working groups with common goals: improving soil health, public health, water security, and climate resilience through simple changes in land management.
She is the president of the non-profit Soil Carbon Coalition, Strategic Director of Regenerate Earth, and a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017. You can learn more about her work at www.didipershouse.com