Carol Sanford
4 min readAug 31, 2023

Lifeshed: History of the Idea and Term!

My half Mohawk grandfather often said “you cannot speak of trees without speaking of their home. Nor bears or fish without their dinner table in the water.” It was filled with metaphoric references that suggested the whole at work.

It always made me look askance at environmentalist and well-intended people who worked on single subjects. I listened to policy bodies and activists groups because of my work as an urban planner, assistant professor in urban planning and business at San Jose State University. They formed efforts around Rivers, …or Forests, …or Wildlife and I was most annoyed…

Carol Sanford

Sr Fellow Social Innovation, Babson |# 1 AmazonBest Selling/Multi-Award Winning Author | Regenerative Paradigm Educator