EPISODE 14: Laura Storm

Laura Storm is a pioneering voice in the field of sustainability and regeneration. A Danish author, well-known for her book, Regenerative Leadership, which is about giving back to nature in whatever leadership role we take on – whether that be as a parent or as a CEO. In this interview, she talks about moving from the city to a permaculture farm in Portugal and the beautiful transformation she witnessed in the way her children moved and interacted. She also talks about how our current work culture is suffocating us and our planet and the reclaiming of our feminine energy. At the end, she shares her hope: that we all dare to show up in the world in a way that feels authentic to our true inner essence. 

REGENERATION

“Regenerative means to replenish and heal and leave something better than you found it.”

“Sustainability is on the path to regeneration, but it is not enough. When you look around the world right now, do we really want to sustain what we have right now?”

“I believe that this journey towards regeneration can only happen if we start to reclaim and begin a journey of reconnection and reclaiming the parts of us that we have lost along the way, parts of our inner essence, parts of our feminine essence, relationship to nature.” 

“Regenerative leadership is not just a practice for executives or politicians or the elite, not at all. We are all leaders of our own lives and regenerative leadership is a practice for all of us. It is all about starting to nurture this mindset to life where we see ourselves as a node in a greater interconnected web of life.” 

REGENERATIVE LEADERSHIP

“Indigenous people are the true regenerative leaders and they possess and embody true regenerative wisdom.” 

“A strong sense of self and that ability to create safe spaces are key capacities of regenerative leaders.”

RECONNECTION

“What is needed the most right now is for us to collectively dare to let go of what no longer serves us. For us to dare show up in the world in a way that feels authentic to our true inner essence. That we dare question the system. That we dare question norms and destructive patterns instead of just fooling ourselves that this is how it has to be.” 

[On kids and connecting to nature] “I would talk to my kids about the seasons we are currently in. I would talk to my kids about the wonderful things that nature does. I would make sure that they have access to great books about insects and how ecosystems work and really help them nourish that sense of curiosity to their natural habitat.” 

PARENTING

[On moving to a farm in Portugal] “In the beginning they moved like city kids. Which means they stayed very close to us; they were a bit fearful of the big land we were living on. Then gradually they started to be more curious… they started to move like nature… be these wild nature children. Instead of having movements that are more rigid and fearful.” 

[On moving to a farm in Portugal] “It brought awareness to what we are doing to city kids. So many city kids are rarely outside and spending a lot of time looking at a screen. It encouraged us to make sure that our kids get constant access to nature. To nourish their bond with nature and not see it as something separate, such as a family trip, but part of their way of life.” 

“Many parents, in my opinion, are pacing their children through a kind of lifestyle where you expect them to be in a constant spring and summer. Constantly perform. Constantly try out new extracurricular activities. When I look at the schedule of many kids in our modern lives I get exhausted.” 

“We expect so much from our kids without creating safe spaces for them to nourish their inner connection, to explore their inner emotional landscape. That is something we need to help create as parents.” 

“We can only encourage our kids to have a strong connection to their natural habitat if they dare have a strong connection to themselves.” 

“It makes me sick to my stomach that so many kids are suffering because they see the anger or the sadness in their parents’ eyes if they are not performing to the standards of their parents. We are passing on our own traumas to the next generation.” 

SELF-CARE

“We should have the courage to say no. To not do but just be. To spend time on our inner self instead of giving everything to the outside world.”

“We need to focus on creating vitality within ourselves, within our families before we can do that in the outer world.” 

 “Nature has all the answers. We can tap into these 3.8 billion years of R&D if we cared to. But we never talk about it. We think of nature as something nice we can visit on a Sunday afternoon, but we don’t collaborate with nature.” 

“Our natural habitat is nature, yet we spend over 90% of our time indoors under artificial lighting.” 

“Every action of ours is an investment in the kind of world that we want for ourselves and our kids.” 

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