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18 Apr 2013

Today. Here. At 5pm BST. The Macy/Johnstone webinar!

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Well this is all very exciting isn’t it.  It’s the first Transition Culture/Resilience.org webinar, today, at 5pm BST.  So here’s how it’s going to work.  You need to watch this box below which will spring into life just before 5pm.

* The video recording of this will be posted soon *

Joanna and Chris will speak for about 15 minutes, I’ll ask them a couple of questions, and then I’ll ask them your questions, which you will be able to send in during the webinar.  The whole thing will be recorded and uploaded onto YouTube at some point in the future.  That’s about it really.  See you back here at 5pm.  If you bring popcorn or crisps do eat them quietly.

Comments are now closed on this site, please visit Rob Hopkins' blog at Transition Network to read new posts and take part in discussions.

4 Comments

Paul Sousek
18 Apr 11:41am

Joanna has just helped to launch a new book called Stories of the Great Turning.

Stories of the Great Turning is a book of stories written by people who decided to act, in their own lives, in response to the challenges of our time, and found their own way to make a difference. They are not stories about celebrities or gurus of the environmental movement but honest accounts from people who share a concern for the world we live in and who, in the words of one of the contributors, “just got on with it”.

It is a book that takes the question, “What can I do?” and sets out to find some answers using one of our species’ most vital skills: the ability to tell stories in which to spread knowledge, ideas and hope.

More here: http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2917#comment-2917

For more information about the book and how to order, goto http://www.valapublishers.coop/storiesofthegreatturning

Shaun Bartone
18 Apr 3:12pm

To what extent should we ‘accept’ climate change as the natural response of the ecosystem to a dangerous condition? Why should we ‘fight’ climate change? Why do we keep fighting natural processes instead of flowing with them? Hasn’t that been the problem from the very beginning–that we keep ‘fighting’ nature instead of accepting it and working within it’s limits? I’m not saying we should keep on with business as usual. We have to immediately stop emitting excess carbon and otherwise exhausting the resources of the earth, killing species and polluting everything in sight. But what I’m questioning is this language about ‘fighting’ climate change, or the idea that we’re going to ‘stop’ climate change. We’re not going to stop climate change. Climate change is going to stop us. Since we can’t stop ourselves from perpetuating our destructive civilization, the ecosystem is going to put a stop to it herself, by shutting it down, even against our will. I would like to see us reframe the issue that we are going to ‘work with’ climate change to bring about a new civilization that lives within the limits of the ecosystem and respects the rights of all species to an optimal environment.

Paul Sousek
18 Apr 6:08pm

That was great!

Not just the comments, which were along the lines previously expressed by all three participants, but also because of the software!

THIS is how we should conduct discussions, seminars and perhaps even mini conferences in the future.

Is there a maximum number of participants?
Can people join in and leave as they wish to?
Can we have a twitter-like stream of comments from listeners?

What is the software and where/ how can we obtain it?
Paul
Transition North Cornwall

Marian van der Veen
20 Apr 12:06pm

Thank you, Rob, I sure will enjoy that You Tubby, coming soon :)
And thanks for naming the book Stories of a Great Turning,Paul Sousek!

Quote Shaun Bartone: “We’re not going to stop climate change. Climate change is going to stop us. Since we can’t stop ourselves from perpetuating our destructive civilization, the ecosystem is going to put a stop to it herself, by shutting it down, even against our will.
I would like to see us reframe the issue that we are going to ‘work with’ climate change to bring about a new civilization that lives within the limits of the ecosystem and respects the rights of all species to an optimal environment”.

Thanks Shaun, great choice of words! I resonate with this a lot. I don’t ignore or deny humanity’s role in the abuse of (life on) planet Earth, but like war: its effect is neither wished for nor refrained from. The strongest drive of humankind, in equally strong contradiction.

Many economic and political actions stem from our present condition, the basic human lack of love and being loved. Planning is done with a very limited vision, due to a survival mode. That goes for many personal lives too, I think. Do we learn how to live and interact with each other, from a young age, coming from respect, nowadays?

A friend of mine is coaching business managers in high positions and finds often a schizofrenic attitude in them. These men are fierce fighters, bullies on command, but they can burst into tears when talking about their child’s future.

In view of that example, I see global movements going in 2 directions: fear is increasing, collectively, as nothing is safe and predictable anymore, when we fix our stare on long lived expectations of safety and comfort.

I believe that the Earth changes, ours included, are part of a much bigger process, of which the indigenous people know, by their connection with the Spirit of the Earth, even celestial bodies.

The Mayan prophecies talk about
“The Transformation of Matter” a 26 year period starting at 1987. This year 2013 is the 26th year.
On my website I’ve published more on this subject.

Not living up to prophecies, as I see them as roadsigns and not a destiny, I am (happily) aware that I am not alone on this path of life, on this planet. As I see it, the outside world is the reflection of our collective consciousness, our state of mind. My personal experience is the limit of that truth, not shared here as absolute truth for you.

I see planet Earth, with all living beings, including humanity, going through a transformation, aiming at the return to an authentic state and pristine envirionment.
Where planet Earth, with her expressions of her nature includes ours. We may acknowledge that by our life’s expression, in honour and love, in equal sharing of love and abundance with lady Gaia. Darwin once said “The beauty of creation is its endless diversity”

I realise now, while writing this comment, that I stand in the middle of a line where fierceness and a mind for action is on one end and (self) reflection with compassion is on the other end.
It’s not always a tight rope :)
Thank you!