Asking the Right Questions
An Interview with Daniel Christian Wahl

January 7, 2020

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this episode Daniel Christian Wahl speaks with Joanna about: the feeling behind creating regenerative cultures; the potential of the present moment; the paradox between humility and audacity; the key question about human survival; connecting young people with the living practices of regeneration; acting in urgent times with hope and knowledge; changing the underlying narrative of ur culture; feeling the identity with the deep mycelial connection; how we see informs what we see; coming together in planetary collaboration to transform our way of being; sitting with a question in the wilderness.

Daniel Christian Wahl was born in Munich in 1971 and grew up in Germany. Originally trained as a biologist and zoologist at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Santa Cruz, Daniel also holds an MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College, 2002) and a PhD in Natural Design (University of Dundee, 2006). Daniel has taught capacity building workshops on a wide range of sustainability issues to local authorities and businesses through the UN-affiliated training centre CIFAL Scotland. He was the director of Findhorn College between 2007 and 2019, during which time he helped to create the MSc in Sustainable Community Design (Heriott-Watt University), co-founded the ‘Learning Partnership for Creative Sustainability’ and co-organized two international Bioneers conferences in Holland and Findhorn. Daniel has been a member of Gaia Education (since 2007) and the International Futures Forum (since 2009). He also collaborates with the research working-group of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN).

Daniel lives on Majorca, and works locally and internationally as a consultant, educator and activist. In 2012, he co-founded ‘Biomimicry Iberia’ and in 2015 co-organized the first practitioners camp of the ‘European Biomimicry Alliance’ (EBA) on majorca. He collaborates with the masters of Design and innovation at the IED (European Institute of Design) in madrid, has taught at Elisava Design School in Barcelona, and co-developed the S.M.A.R.T. UIB Project of the Universidad de las Islas Baleares where he is helping to develop a series of programmes in transformative innovation. Daniel has published numerous articles and academic papers and collaborated with a number of documentary film projects. “Designing Regenerative Cultures” is his first book.

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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