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Lancaster Community Dialogue for Deep Adaptation

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Sentamu Building

University of Cumbria

Bowerham Road

Lancaster

LA1 3JD

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  • Are you concerned about rapid climate change, and its threat to the future of our societies – and even our species?

  • Are you starting to integrate your awareness of likely near-term collapse into your personal, professional and political life?

  • Are you living in or around Lancaster, and want to connect with others in compassionate creative dialogue around ways to ‘deeply adapt’ in the face of such disruption?

In July 2018, Professor Jem Bendell, University of Cumbria, published his paper Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy’. Since then, the realities of likely imminent societal collapse due to climate breakdown have been increasingly in our news and conversations, with the IPCC’s “12 year” warning, the emergence globally of Extinction Rebellion, and the school climate strikes inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg. More and more people are waking up to the realities of our predicament, and grappling to find ways of integrating this awareness into their day to day lives, work and relationships. This predicament is unprecedented, and is an invitation to acknowledge that not only do we not have many (any) solutions, but perhaps we’ve been asking the wrong kinds of questions.

You are invited to join us for a day of Community Dialogue for Deep Adaptation, co-hosted by Professor Bendell and Katie Carr, in which we will join together to explore emergent questions. The space will be gently facilitated using ‘Open Space Technology’, an approach which enables a collaborative agenda to emerge based upon questions that are live and relevant to participants’ contexts. The day will also include a Q&A session with Jem.

More than 2,500 years ago, Pericles reminded his fellow Athenians: “We may not be able to predict the future, but we can prepare for it”. In the face of a challenge of this magnitutde and complexity, any emergent answers will be partial and provisional. And it will be through open and ongoing dialogue with others in our communities, “living the questions together” that we may be able to find effective ways of preparing for an unpredictable future, through extending the glide and softening the fall.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Open Space approach, you can find out more here.

Participants will be required to have read Jem’s Paper, ‘Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy’ or to have watched him speak on YouTube.

Jem and Katie are also co-tutoring a post-graduate level short course at the University of Cumbria the following week, "Foundations of Sustainable Leadership".


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Sentamu Building

University of Cumbria

Bowerham Road

Lancaster

LA1 3JD

United Kingdom

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