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Virtual Virtual Event

October 1 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am PDT

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Hosted By Michael Lerner

In Collaboration with The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB),The Resilience Project (TRP), Foresight Analysis Nexus (FAN), The New School at Commonweal

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the international bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently Red Moon, New York 2140, Aurora, Shaman, Green Earth, and 2312. He was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program in 1995 and returned in their Antarctic media program in 2016.

In 2008 he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine. He works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. His work has been translated into 25 languages and won a dozen awards in five countries, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. In 2016 asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.”

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Virtual Virtual Event

September 24 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am PDT

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The New School at Commonweal, OMEGA, and The Resilience Project invites you to join us for a conversation hosted by Michael Lerner to discuss Richard’s new book, Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival.

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen previous books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis.

He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Yes!, and The Sun; and has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour.

He is also the author and narrator of Post Carbon Institute’s 22-video Think Resilience online course.

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Virtual Virtual Event

August 20 @ 7:00 pm August 22 @ 5:00 pm PDT

Resilience is broadly defined as the capacity to recover quickly from disruption.  At the personal level, we seek to recover from illness, the loss of loved ones or jobs, or misfortunes of any kind, but in the past year, whole systems—economic, environmental, social, and political—have experienced significant disruption. Conscientious people everywhere have responded by joining or organizing activities to strengthen resilience in one or more of these systems.  You may or may not be one of them. There is already evidence that such activities are having beneficial effects, but….

In The Heart of Resilience retreat, we will confront the fears that follow that “but”.  The disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic may be easing–but we fear it’s temporary.  We fear it may already be too late to stop some disruptions, like those caused by global warming.  We fear that other stressors will cause major disruptions to continue or recur into the foreseeable future.  We fear that our efforts will encounter not only success but also temporary or even permanent failure.  In the face of such fears, how do we live our lives?  What kind of resilience is durable enough to motivate short-term action and sustain long-term hope?

We invite you to explore such deep questions in the atmosphere of a Circle of Trust®, using prompts, journaling, silence, deep listening, and sharing in small groups. Both in solitude and in the company of others, we will reflect on what resilience means for us and what it requires of us. We welcome your participation. Please contact either of us with questions you may have.

This retreat will include clearness committees.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, August 20: 7-9pm
Saturday, August 21: 10am-12pm and 3-5pm
Sunday, August 22: 10am-12pm and 3-5pm
Saturday, August 28: 10am-12pm and 7-9pm
Sunday, August 29: 10am-12pm and 3-5pm

Registration limit: 14
Cost: $225: Scholarships are available.
To apply, please contact me at jimquay@ commonweal.org.

Jim Quay has been a Courage & Renewal facilitator since 2008. He has offered Circles of Trust® in a variety of formats, including seasonal retreat series, college classes, sessions for cancer survivors, and multi-day retreats for executives in philanthropy and for elders in the autumn of life.  Most recently, he co-facilitated a virtual retreat entitled “Courage and Renewal in a Time of Pandemic.”
Email: jimquay@commonweal.org

Cliff Penwell is the founder and principal of OriginalVoice Consulting, LLC, a senior consultant with the consulting firm Dialogos International, and founding faculty for the InnerSections leadership program. He has over 30 years of experience as a facilitator, retreat leader, consultant, master coach, and leadership trainer. For the past 15 years, he has specialized in facilitating change processes and offering leadership training in diverse environments ranging from Fortune 100 companies to global aid initiatives to nonprofit organizations.
Email: cpenwell1@gmail.com

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August 20 @ 7:00 pm PDT
End:
August 22 @ 5:00 pm PDT
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https://www.couragenetnorcal.org/events/retreat-the-heart-of-resilience

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The Courage & Renewal Network of Northern California
Email:
jimquay@commonweal.org
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Virtual Virtual Event

July 21 @ 8:00 am 9:00 am PDT

Speakers: Dr. Elisha Ochungo, Cecilia Wandiga, John Kalungi Kabuye

Sponsored by the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere in collaboration and the Omega Resources for Resilience and the FAN Initiative.

In the search for alternative solutions to bring about more sustainable economies, the circular economy (CE) concept has become a popular model in many parts of the world. Join us in learning from Dr. Elisha Ochungo on how he and the team at Centre for Science and Technology Innovations are underlining African environmental ethics to develop bio-circular economic models for change.

Dr. Elisha Akech Ochungo will explore with us the emerging concept of a circular bio-economy, a model for the future that brings respect, dependence and connection to the environment into economic modeling. Dr. Ochungo is the founder and principal of Climate Change & Sustainability Basics, a biocapacity measuring institute in Kenya.

Dr. Elisha Akech Ochungo, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Ochungo is a self driven and result oriented professional civil engineer. He has great research interest in the area of climate change and adaptation. On 30th November, 2020,he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degree in Climate Change and Adaptation by the University of Nairobi.

Cecilia Wandiga, Executive Director and Trustee Board Member for the Center for Science and Technology Innovations (CSTI).

Ms Wandiga uses her background in public policy, business management and strategy and innovation to facilitate social change through the cross-pollination of biotechnology and sustainable industrial manufacturing (industrial ecology).

John Kalungi Kabuye is the Principal Consultant, Built Environment Surveyors and Infrastructure Consultancy (BESIC) Group

In addition to his work at BESIC Group, John is the Vice Chairperson and head of the Advocacy Committee at the Kenya Green Building Society-KGBS, a member of International Association of Certified Home inspectors (InterNACHI), and The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).

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Virtual Virtual Event

June 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

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Webinar with Richard Heinberg

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Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute is one of the visionary thinkers of our time on community resilience. The New School host Michael Lerner chatted with Richard in a searching exploration of building community resilience for the coming turbulent decades.

Virtual Virtual Event

June 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

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Webinar with Richard Heinberg

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Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute is one of the visionary thinkers of our time on community resilience. The New School host Michael Lerner chatted with Richard in a searching exploration of building community resilience for the coming turbulent decades.

Virtual Virtual Event

June 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm PDT

OMEGA webinar with grassroots community organizers

Isabel Castillo, Ebony Guy, Duane Edwards and Russel Chisholm will be in conversation with Shorey Myers

Co-hosted by Virginia Organizing, Foresight Analysis Nexus (FAN), The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB), and The Resilience Project (TRP)

While the Global Challenges faced by OMEGA are wide-ranging, the impacts are concretely felt by communities on the front lines. Three grassroots organizers working on issues including racism, climate change, and extractive industries share their views on the Global Challenges, the impacts felt by communities, and the intersectional work needed to accelerate our transition to a just, sustainable and resilient world.

Virtual Virtual Event

May 6 @ 8:00 am 9:00 am PDT

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Co-sponsored by the Impact Trust, FAN Initiative, and MAHB

Hosted by Michael Lerner

“ If you think about this question of “What’s next?”, in no trivial way, what’s next is what we make of it. What we are able to convince others of, what we are able to do, what we are able to show. The morals we set, the ethical examples that we give. These things are passed on to others through global continuous engagement. That’s why the battle of ideas has to be joined, that’s why being on the side-lines is no longer an option for any of us. That’s why we have to engage because if we don’t, others will drive the agenda. We have a responsibility to create the world we want.” 

Ian Goldin (2018)
Resilience at Work

The Covid pandemic has been considered by many as a crisis event, one of epic proportions that brought society to a grinding halt. It has presented the spectre of a near total collapse of the global economic system and demonstrated the inadequacy of just-in-time business models and supply chains. It illuminated how global tax “efficiencies” have undermined the robustness of public health systems and the public sector itself most especially in the world’s largest democracies and irrefutably exposed the extent of the fault lines in our society, the inequality, both in the resilience of sectors of society and in the divide between those who grow richer through the virus and those who face dire hardship. Covid’s persistence has perhaps allowed us – or forced us – to consider that the pandemic is demonstrative of a trend, that it reflects cascading, systemic risks making up what is referred to as the polycrisis.

Dr Gary Kendall will present and discuss some thought-provoking perspectives on why our collective reluctance to reconceptualise paradigms commits us to a future of growing systemic risk. He will seek to uncover some of the assumptions about the global polycrisis we face and explore how we think about “wicked problems” and the challenges they bring for a sustainable future.

Dr. Gary Kendall has been working at the intersection of business strategy and systemic risk for more than a decade. Prior to joining Nedbank in November 2013, he was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in Cape Town, helping business leaders in Southern Africa to understand the mounting system pressures that will reshape their operating context.

Gary previously served as Executive Director at SustainAbility, a hybrid think-tank and strategy consultancy based in London, advising blue-chip organizations – including Ford, Shell, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, Anglo American, A.P. Moller-Maersk and Sasol on how to strengthen their business strategies with enhanced systems intelligence. Gary is the author of the WWF publication on electromobility “Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age”. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

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May 26th at 9:00am PST

Hosted by Michael Lerner

“ If you think about this question of “What’s next?”, in no trivial way, what’s next is what we make of it. What we are able to convince others of, what we are able to do, what we are able to show. The morals we set, the ethical examples that we give. These things are passed on to others through global continuous engagement. That’s why the battle of ideas has to be joined, that’s why being on the side-lines is no longer an option for any of us. That’s why we have to engage because if we don’t, others will drive the agenda. We have a responsibility to create the world we want.” 

Ian Goldin, 2018

The Covid pandemic has been considered by many as a crisis event, one of epic proportions that brought society to a grinding halt. It has presented the spectre of a near total collapse of the global economic system and demonstrated the inadequacy of just in time business models and supply chains. It illuminated how global tax “efficiencies” have undermined the robustness of public health systems and the public sector itself most especially in the world’s largest democracies and irrefutably exposed the extent of the fault lines in our society, the inequality, both in the resilience of sectors of society and in the divide between those who grow richer through the virus and those who face dire hardship. Covid’s persistence has perhaps allowed us – or forced us – to consider that the pandemic is demonstrative of a trend, that it reflects cascading, systemic risks making up what is referred to as the polycrisis.

Dr Gary Kendall will present and discuss some thought-provoking perspectives on why our collective reluctance to reconceptualise paradigms commits us to a future of growing systemic risk. He will seek to uncover some of the assumptions about the global polycrisis we face and explore how we think about “wicked problems” and the challenges they bring for a sustainable future.

Dr. Gary Kendall has been working at the intersection of business strategy and systemic risk for more than a decade. Prior to joining Nedbank in November 2013, he was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in Cape Town, helping business leaders in Southern Africa to understand the mounting system pressures that will reshape their operating context.

Gary previously served as Executive Director at SustainAbility, a hybrid think-tank and strategy consultancy based in London, advising blue-chip organizations – including Ford, Shell, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, Anglo American, A.P. Moller-Maersk and Sasol on how to strengthen their business strategies with enhanced systems intelligence. Gary is the author of the WWF publication on electromobility “Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age”. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

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April 29th, 2021 at 10:00am PST

OMEGA Webinar with Shanna H. Swan, PhD & Pete Myers, PhD

Virtual Virtual Event

April 21 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am PDT

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Hosted By Shorey Myers

Dr Shanna Swan’s recently published book Countdown describes the long term trends of declining reproductive health in men and women across a wide variety of metrics.  On our webinar, Dr Swan will explore these trends and their ramifications in more detail. Dr Pete Myers will expand our understanding of these trends into non-human species and will lead a discussion about what these trends may mean for the polycrisis.

Pete Myers, PhD, founded Environmental Health Sciences in 2002. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Va. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a 1996 book that explores the scientific basis for how contamination threatens fetal development. He is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. Among many awards, Myers received the Frank Hatch “Sparkplug Award” for Enlightened Public Service from the John Merck Fund in 2013, the Laureate Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Endocrine Society in 2016 and the “Distinguished Achievement Award” from the Sierra Club in 2017. He was also named one of the first-ever “Champions of Environmental Health Research” by the National Institutes of Health.

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