I am Catherine Cunningham… and like you, there will never be another unique me on this planet ever again; so I have come to realize that I am free to live the life that was intended just for me. Whew, what a relief, right? You see, this is the key for believing in ourselves— our inherent value, our purpose, our Nature Vera plan to live out our lives as authentically, joyfully, and compassionately as we can. So…

I am Catherine Cunningham. I am a creative visual artist, writer, entrepreneur, cultural anthropologist, ecologist, and educator. And, I believe one important dimension to my life and life journey is to help awaken, refresh, reinvigorate, revitalize- however you want to categorize— our Human + Nature connection, while we are alive and while our species still thrives.

To me, this is the core of what it means to live with Natural Intelligence… and so from this perspective I will continue to explore and over the weeks, months, years; share more.

But for now, this is my story…and so to begin, I’ve written a narrative, “Naturally Intelligent by Design” with 365 points of intelligence within— from mammals, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects—with real relevance to inform and to inspire where in our lives we’ve been.

So please, take a look at our book. 

We just launched our Kickstarter Campaign for “Naturally Intelligent by Design”. 

This is ONLY a 40-Day Campaign to create the FIRST PRINT RUN of “Naturally Intelligent by Design” — A rich fine art picture book showcasing 365 animals from around the world and their inspiring, innovative design strategies / lifestyle choices; aimed to inspire us to live happy, healthy, prosperous lives in our own HOME habitats, every day. Written in a Dr. Seuss-like way, “Naturally Intelligent by Design” will be a vital resource for us 365 days/year to not only survive, but to thrive.


Published by Catherine Cunningham, PhD in Thrive Global


  • Catherine Cunningham, PhD

    Mission Possible: Awaken Natural Intelligence in Our World

    Natural Intelligence

    Dr. Catherine Cunningham, PhD is an ecologist, anthropologist, writer, filmmaker, and media host producing films, interactive experiences, and online multimedia for international clients who are focused on positive economic, social, and environmental win-win-win solutions to global conservation and climate change.

    Catherine has travelled, written, photographed, and filmed in 70 countries, producing creative films and music videos in support the UN Global Goals and the human+nature planetary health narrative. Visit Natural Intelligence.com to see where her work has premiered internationally. Over 20 years, she has interviewed hundreds of global thought leaders to promote sustainable solutions to climate change and conservation in creative ways. Catherine has written numerous articles on climate change, nature, and regeneration. She’s currently writing two books: “Naturally Intelligent by Design” — a fine art science and culture book for families and “Natural Intelligence”— a guidebook for well-navigating a post COVID-19 world by following nature’s principles. Partnering with Eurovision News and Events, Catherine is also an independent media host— producing content on nature, climate, and regeneration; syndicated globally by EuroVision’s News Direct. She is a regular contributor to Thrive Global and Medium. She currently produces communications for the Prince Albert II Foundation and participates in programming @ the World Economic Forum on Climate Change, Nature, and Biodiversity. As an university educator, Catherine taught undergraduate and masters courses in corporate sustainability communications at Arizona State University; global sustainability at Chapman University; biology, ecology, botany, and environmental science at Denver State College and Front Range College. In 2016, she designed one of the first university courses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (also online), contributing to youth action on the UN Global Goals. She also created a post-graduate program with UNESCO on the MAB (Man the Biosphere) reserves. Catherine earned her PhD in Ecosystem Science at ETHZ in Switzerland, studying climate impacts on mountain ecosystems. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters degree from Utah State in Ecology. Catherine speaks fluent English and conversational Italian. She loves creative collaboration, media production, mountaineering, outdoor sports, yoga, wellness, and travel.