Welcome to Living Systems Institute


"Our task is to heal nature, produce abundance, sequester excess atmospheric carbon and reduce the violence.  We do that through cooperation with the living things around us."

David Braden


I belong to a community

that includes all the living things around me.

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My purpose is to contribute

to the well being of that community.

. . .

The community is well

when all of its members can contribute.

. . .

I fulfill my purpose by working

with others to enhance their contribution.

. . .

My own well being derives

from these connections into the community.



to begin your journey as an Agent of Habitat


or learn about one of our projects:

The Cook and Gardener Partnership

Agents of Habitat - Bee Safe Neighborhoods - Deep Mulch Gardens - Educational Programs - High Plains Plant Propagation Cooperative - Integrated Closed Loop Production Systems

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A Garden for our Great Grandchildren

May 19th, 2017


The Key is to Cycle Nutrients


Here is the question. Do you want your great grandchildren to be living in a biological desert?

That is the direction we are heading. Or, do you want your great grandchildren to be living in a

beautiful garden?  That may be easier than you think.

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The Fable of Community, Market and Charity

January 14th, 2016

Community, Market and Charity are siblings.

For millions of years community worked slowly developing a pattern in which everyone contributed and everyone had a home. Starting with single cells . . . trying this species then another . . . always building fertility into itself . . . making room for more and more species.

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The Dance of Creation: Four Aspects of the Foundation of Existence

April 27th, 2015

Many people I know look around and see objects. I see a dance. Others see trees and houses and people and cars. I see a dance of sun and soil and water becoming plants. We dance into existence plants and animals and people and all manner of other things. All the things we know are danced into existence by the species participating in the dance.

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  • David Braden IV, Executive Director, Living Systems Institute
  • (303) 549-9787

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