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Changing Landscapes: The Brain without Nature

The Economist estimates that by 2050, three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. What are the implications of urbanisation on our wellbeing, our work environment and the way our brains evolve? And is this evolution sustainable and good for us?
 
The term Nature Deficit Disorder describes a reduction in contact with nature. It has been linked with some attention disorders, depression, anxiety in adults and developmental changes in children. In response, many cities are creating nature areas to allow everyone to interact with nature.
 
Join us in exploring how living with limited contact with nature affects our brains. Consider how this impacts business and staff wellbeing, our communities and our children’s education. Discover the simple changes we can make in our lives to avoid its negative effects.
 
Come straight from work to the serene surroundings of the Oei Tiong Ham Building, located on the edge of the Botanic Gardens, where our panel will guide you on a nature walk. Get a first-hand experience in discovering the positive impact that nature has on the brain. You will also learn simple techniques on how you can allow nature into your daily life.  
 
We will follow the walk with a lively open discussion and an opportunity to network and talk with the panel.
 
Do bring comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella if it is wet.
 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

 
 
Caroline Essame is a clinician and educator with a background in adult mental health and child development she is Director of CreateCATT, a social enterprise that supports sustainable wellbeing solutions for tomorrows children. With over 30 years experience in human development and health in rural and urban settings she now works in Singapore, India and the Philippines with the environmental and neuro-biological challenges that impact on children.
 
 
Dr Nigel Taylor has worked in botanic gardens for 41 years: 34 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (as Curator of Horticulture & Public Education) and 7 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (as Group Director), both of which he has helped gain UNESCO World Heritage status. A botanist by training, he is also a Chartered Horticulturist and as a plant fanatic believes we cannot survive without greenery in our lives.
 
 
Gennadij Kreukniet is a smart city consultant with a background in local politics in the Netherlands. He believes cities should enhance their blue-green infrastructure in order to create a healthy and sustainable living for its citizens. Earlier in his career, he consulted on energy transitions projects such as electric vehicle charging strategies, district heating plans as well as advised on minimising the urban heat island effect by using digital solutions to communicate risks and opportunities. 
 
 
Kampung Kampus project by Ground-Up Initiative (GUI). He has been with GUI since 2011 and takes charge of building the campus. He helped GUI build their Heartquarters office building at 1/3 of the original cost of $1.2million. Bingyu believes that a place filled with the beautiful spirits of nature will endow and nurture men and woman with talent and grace.
Speakers (s):
Caroline Essame - Social Entreprenear and Consultant Therapist, CreateCATT
 
Dr. Nigel Taylor - Group Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board
 
Gennadij Kreukniet - Smart City APAC Consultant, DNV GL
 
Bingyu - Kampung Architect, GroundUp Initiative
 
Date:
Wed, September 05, 2018
Time:
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Venue:
National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
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Speaker (s):
Caroline Essame - Social Entreprenear and Consultant Therapist, CreateCATT
 
Dr. Nigel Taylor - Group Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board
 
Gennadij Kreukniet - Smart City APAC Consultant, DNV GL
 
Bingyu - Kampung Architect, GroundUp Initiative
 
Date:
Wed, September 05, 2018
Time:
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Venue:
National University of Singapore,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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