Felipe Villela

Felipe Villela is Co-Founder of reNature, a foundation with the goal of restoring 1.000.000 ha of degraded land worldwide through regenerative agroforestry. He sees himself as a leader within the agricultural sustainability movement, by connecting people and including them in multiple projects. His positive spirit drives him to reach his own goals and to persuade others to believe in themselves, their capability to facility change and be a part of a worldwide movement. Together with local farmers, communities, government authorities, companies & organisations, reNature exchanges knowledge to design and implement an economically viable model farm. Felipe’s credo is: only action leads to change.

What is the Big X you are going to address in your talk and why should we be excited?

“I will address the Intelligence of Nature’s Design process and how we can use it within businesses to impact the world positively while generating profit. You should all be excited because I will inspire you to see that you can make more money from growing your raw materials from the forest than deforesting. I will bring clear inspiring examples of how plants cooperate between each other and how we can use that knowledge to redefine our businesses models to a more nature inclusive one.”

What is the best idea worth sharing you came across the past 10 years?

“My idea is related to cooperation for global change. And there is no better teacher than nature itself. Using nature’s high-tech as a solution for reversing climate change as well as designing an Agricultural system that can produce multiple raw materials for different companies/industries integrated in the same design. For example, a cocoa tree from MARS needs to be shaded to grow, so why not plant a palm oil from DORITOS next to it? Much better and efficient than a monoculture field, right? My idea is to mimic nature and integrate that into businesses for big impact.”