Episode 76: We plant trees, but why?

In this edition of the podcast series “Bærekraft i Skandinavia” (Sustainability in Scandinavia), I reach out into the world and connect with artist, writer, and filmmaker from the United States, Joseph Redwood-Martinez. He has recently made a full length documentary that explores a reforestation initiative in Haiti, namely Sadhana Forest. The documentary is called One day, everything will be free. In our conversation we go deep into some of the themes explored in the documentary, and Joseph also explains how immersing himself in the Sadhana Forest community challenged his whole way of thinking and being. Why do we want to change someone or something? What are our motivations? Is it actually possible to really change something? Do we even know why things are the way they are, just now? These are just some of the truly thought provoking questions that came up, making this conversation highly relevant for people involved in change initiatives or community building projects. Joseph is also looking for people who can screen his film, so feel free to contact him regarding this.

We´re hoping to do a screening in Trondheim, Norway (the place where the host lives), so stay tuned for announcements or contact the host if you are interested in joining or helping.  

If you feel inspired or provoked by our conversation feel free to add your comments after the interview. You can also send in a written piece of work and get it published together with this episode. Further details can be found here.

Episode links:

Contact Joseph
One day, everything will be free
, documentary website
Sadhana Forest 

“It is amazing, it really does something to you, when you spend the morning mulching* a tree, and then a big gust of wind comes and knocks of all the leaves that you´ve just put there…and you just say: “
what am I doing, what am I doing, really?

Joseph Redwood-Martinez
(from the interview)

James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen er utdannet lærer gjennom NTNU og har for tiden en 50% lærerstilling ved en barneskole i Trondheim. Ved siden av universitetstudiet har han en variert opplæring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. Han driver egen virksomhet gjennom firmaet Agent for Endring og er engasjert som mekler i konfliktrådet i Sør-Trøndelag. Frem til 2016 er an også engasjert som kursassistent på en tverrfaglig lederutdannelse i Danmark i regi av Bæredyktig Ledelse og Presencing Institute. Han er også delaktig i utviklingen av Social Presencing Theater, en kropp og oppmerksomhetsbasert utviklingspraksis som har vokst frem gjennom samarbeidet til Arawana Hayashi og Otto Scharmer. I fritiden trener og instruerer han aikido i NTNUI og driver også et barneparti i Trondheim Aikidoklubb. Han er oppvokst i Oslo med norsk far og engelsk mor, men har studert og arbeidet i Trondheim siden 2005. Her bor han i en seilbåt som også fungerer som studio til podcastshowet på denne nettsiden.
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen has a teaching qualification from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), while also being trained in dialogue facilitation, conflict resolution and mindfulness. He is currently working as a teacher in Trondheim, Norway and as a mediator through the Norwegian Mediation and Reconciliation Service. He also runs his own company Agent for Endring (“agent for change”). An other important affiliation is his engagement with the network Sustainable Co-Creation, a three year leadership program led by Steen Hildebrandt and Michael Stubberup from Denmark, together with Arawana Hayashi and Otto Scharmer from Presencing Institute. In his free time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art that in it´s essence is about creating a healing relationship towards oneself and others. You can contact James at james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com