Chapter 8.1 – Indigenuity: Reclaiming our Relationship with the Land

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By Lili Hernandez Boesen, Stephen Hinton, Stephen Freeman – The Humanitarian Water and Food Award


The Humanitarian Water and Food Award (WAF) identifies and promotes initiatives that have, in a sustainable and innovative way, brought water and food security to areas in distress. For many of the nominated initiatives, the foundation of their strategy for success has been reclaiming land, and indeed, reclaiming their relationship with the land, among the people involved, its climate, geography, plants, and animals. WAF adopt the concept of indigenuity (a combination of indigenous and ingenuity) in a holistic approach to describe the types of initiatives that are integrally developing sustainable relations between people and its ecosystems. This section presents a series of case studies of organizations that were WAF finalists to illustrate how developing an intimate knowledge of the land, rethinking agricultural practices, redefining the role of schools, and finding new ways to cooperate, new roles for corporations, and new attitudes to grazing animals, rain, and water can contribute to restoring land and food security.

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About the Authors:

Lili Hernandez Bosen

Lili is an Innovation Manager with experience on strategic design and implementation of projects on different scientific themes and business areas.

Her main strength is to analyze problems and processes and simplify them to increase productivity and achieve results.

Lili is a highly proactive and comfortable to work with international teams.

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Stephen Hinton

Since leaving Ericsson in 2002, Stephen has been  developing ways for organisations to take the lead in sustainable development.  Starting with addressing resource shortages as limits to growth, he went on to work with envisioning techniques to develop ideas for sustainability and then to practical implementation of a range of instruments, from city walking maps to flexible pollutant fees. Stephen was one of the founders of the Transition movement in Sweden, an original member of the Humanitarian Water and Food management team, and the co-founder of the Swedish Eco-village, Änggärdet.

Stephen believes we are in times of great change, as we let go of our industrial paradigms we can open to new opportunities for sustainable prosperity and a new era of human development.

Stephen is often engaged to speak on topics such as moving away from an industrial mindset, transitioning away from fossil fuels, aligning business to new paradigms, co-creation and new financial possibilities as well as the inner transition accompanying the move from consuming to co-producing.

Stephen is a fellow of the Institute of Swedish Safety and Security ( , and served on the boards of JAK bank and the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation.

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