‘Work on climate change is not served by playing upon our fear or guilt but by an enthusiastic release of creativity and ingenuity, such as happens when we feel ourselves called forward on a great adventure.’ ñ Joanna Macy.
Einstein once famously said that we cannot solve problems using the same mindset that created them in the first place. Yet, most conferences and seminars engaging with the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change con-tinue to engage the rational mind only. Agendas are dominated by economic models and technological solutions and rarely is a public space opened for diving deep into our creative imaginations.
What is increasingly clear, however, is that nothing less than our full beings ñ head, heart, hands and spirit ñ need to be engaged for us to navigate the unprecedented times that lie ahead. This journey is as much about creativity and a deep questioning of who we are and what constitutes true wealth, as it is about models, schemes and machines.
This thinking lies at the heart of the design of Findhorn’s Easter conference, Positive Energy ñ Creative Community Responses to Peak Oil & Climate Change.
True, we have invited, as the presenters, many of the deepest thinkers and most effective activists on the scene. These include: the author, educator and peak oil commentator, Richard Heinberg; the Environment Minister for the Scottish Parliament, Richard Lochhead; the co-founder of the Transition Towns movement, Rob Hopkins; Megan Quinn from Community Solutions in the US, who helped create the wonderful film, Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil ñ and many others.
Before moving on to the intellectual stimulation, however, we spend the first half of the week preparing the deep soil of our creative beings, helping the heart and spirit open up to new ways of seeing and being in the world. Joanna Macy will lead a two-day workshop in The Work That Reconnects, drawing on her lifetime of studies in ecology.
On a deep mythological level, Richard Olivier will take us on an exploration of Green Leadership, using the themes and archetypes in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Dorothy Maclean, co-founder of the Findhorn community will be addressing the question: how we can draw on the intelligence of nature to co-operate with the great web of life, rather than fight against it? Richard Heinberg invites us to use the energy transition before us as an opportunity to re-imagine our human culture from the ground up.
This is the work we are about
at Findhorn this Easter. Join us!
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D,
a respected voice in movements
for peace, justice and ecology
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