Listen to ESC Co-Founder on the Entheogenic Evolution

Listen to ESC Co-Founder on the Entheogenic Evolution

ESC Co-Founder Jonathan Thompson was featured on Martin Ball’s Entheogenic Evolution Podcast. The two discuss the ESC’s origins, the latest groundbreaking work with the Ayahuasca Dialogues, the World Ayahuasca Conference in Spain, the economics of how ayahuasca can help save the rainforest, ayahuasca safety, the prospects for future ESC Plant Dialogues, the ESC’s partnership to do sustainable ayahuasca and chacruna cultivation pilot tests in Peru, the ESC’s Indiegogo campaign, and many other topics. Download the podcast now. Visit the podcast...
ESC hiring Ayahuasca Dialogues field researchers to interview stakeholders in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

ESC hiring Ayahuasca Dialogues field researchers to interview stakeholders in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Update: All researcher positions have been filled. Please check back in the future for more opportunities to work with the ESC!       The ESC is hiring Ayahuasca Dialogues field researchers to interview stakeholders in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru   **Download the full job description in pdf format** Title: Field Researcher (Consultant, part time) Location(s): (at least one person will be hired in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) About the ESC: Our mission and work: The Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC) is a nonprofit organization launched in 2013 dedicated to transforming lives by assuring the sustainability and safe use of traditional plants. We believe that the best way to encourage people to work safely and sustainably with traditional plants is to help make best practice more visible and accessible to the market. We offer ESC members a voluntary assurance system whereby good work is recognized and rewarded. Assessment criteria are based on sustainability and safety principles and criteria developed by consensus through ESC’s Plant Dialogues. The Ayahuasca Dialogues: The flagship Plant Dialogue is the ESC Ayahuasca Dialogues to build consensus about the safe use and sustainability of ayahuasca in ways that protect seekers, benefit traditional knowledge holders, enrich local communities, and protect biodiversity and the natural environment. The Ayahuasca Dialogues will establish the Ayahuasca Agreement that outline principles and criteria for determining ayahuasca site safety and sustainability best practices and good cultivation techniques. Ayahuasca centers and practitioners can then request to have their performance assessed according to the content of the Ayahuasca Agreement. The voluntary assessment process and results will be transparent so as to encourage learning and...
Call for nominations to join the Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee

Call for nominations to join the Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee

We are currently looking for people to join the Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee (ADRC). The Ayahuasca Dialogues are an extensive, consensus-based consultation process including as many people as possible who have an interest in ensuring the safety and sustainability of ayahuasca. You can learn more about the Ayahuasca Dialogues here. In order to map the scale of this interest, and understand how to make it as easy as possible for stakeholders to have their say, the ESC will be carrying out on-the-ground research in Peru, Columbia, Ecuador and Brazil in April, May and June of 2014 and writing a final report for launch at the World Ayahuasca Conference in Spain this September. The ADRC will help to provide guidance during this research and reporting, which as groundwork for the Ayahuasca Dialogues is aiming to ensure that the process is as effective and inclusive as possible. This first phase of the Ayahuasca Dialogues will set the stage for the multi-stakeholder consensus building process that will lead to the eventual drafting and public consultations of the Ayahuasca Agreement. Time commitment: Late March 2014 to September 2014, with the hope that individual ADRC members stay on throughout the Ayahuasca Dialogues in 2015-16. Nominee profiles: The Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee will be made up of approximately 10-12 people with experience in fields such as ethnobotany, anthropology, qualitative research, economics, development, drug policy, sustainable tourism, agroecology, sustainable plant collection and cultivation, and jungle safety. Individuals with experience of ayahuasca traditions or religions related to one or more of the four key target countries are also welcome to apply. For full details please see the PDF here:...
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Due to sustained opposition from a small but significant portion of stakeholders, we have dissolved the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council.

We are grateful for your support in increasing dialogue, learning with one another, and raising awareness about safer, more sustainable, and more reciprocal traditional plant use practices.

For a summary of our work, please see our 2014 financial report or our Dialogues Report.

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