By Thierry Malleret, economist
Commercial interest in the broad field of nature is rising as the research mounts on how nature impacts human wellbeing. A rising “nature economy” will take numerous directions, and one is new tech that harnesses the power of nature. NatureQuant, an app powered by Big Data and machine learning, gives people the tools to monitor, quantify and evaluate their exposure to nature—tracking it much like your fitness app tracks your movement. It delivers a total “NatureScore” and a “NatureDose,” a weekly prescription of 120 minutes of time-in-nature.
In 2016, a randomized trial from NYU found that a single dose of psilocybin delivered rapid improvements in anxiety and depression in cancer patients when combined with psychotherapy. A follow-up study found that 71–100% of participants reported that the improvement in depression and anxiety had lasted five years—with participants “rating it among the most personally meaningful experiences of their lives.”
By Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung, GWI senior research fellows
The pandemic has firmly demonstrated how our wellness is intrinsically linked to our homes. Investors, developers and builders are awakening to wellness real estate as consumers increasingly seek out healthy homes and communities. However, the connection between wellness real estate and wellness communities is not automatic. In GWI’s report Build Well To Live Well, the authors identify four pillars through which wellness real estate can have a transformative impact in fostering true wellness communities.
A GWI Initiative has launched, Living Well From Within, whose mission is to create a coalition of leaders to drive healing, growth and wellness in this historically challenging time. Grounded in the practices of Conscious Capitalism and the leadership coaching model XCHANGE Approach, it’s chaired by Daniel Friedland, MD, CEO of SuperSmartHealth. The Initiative was catalyzed by Dr. Friedland’s recent diagnosis of terminal brain cancer and has already garnered support from dozens of high-profile leaders, including Chip Conley, founder of Modern Elder Academy; Dr. Peter Angood, CEO of the American Association for Physician Leadership; and Alexander McCobin, CEO of Conscious Capitalism.