Green Dreamer – Monica Gagliano: Regenerating the human spirit (ep331)


How might viewing the Earth as an embodiment of imagination invite us to conceptualize or feel our ecological crises in different ways? And what does it mean to be more imaginative with our scientific inquiries—while also remaining a humility to recognize the limitations of this particular lens?

In this episode, we welcome Monica Gagliano, a Research Associate Professor in evolutionary ecology at Southern Cross University where she directs the Biological Intelligence (BI) Lab as part of the Diverse Intelligences Initiative of the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Her work has extended the concept of cognition (including perception, learning processes, memory) in plants. By re-kindling a sense of wonder for this beautiful place we call home, she is helping to create a fresh imaginative ecology of mind that can inspire the emergence of truly innovative solutions to human relations with the world we co-inhabit. Her latest book is Thus Spoke the Plant.

Personal Notes:

Gagliano talks about imagination and creative ways to shift the way we perceive the world around us, the way we live, the way we practice science, and more. Why not look at her creative approaches and communication with plants to look at different ways of designing? I am categorizing it as art by highlighting her ability to use lived experience and imagination to recreate ways to learn, research and live life.


Monica Gagliano: Regenerating the human spirit. (n.d.). GREEN DREAMER. Retrieved January 12, 2023, from