Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

My Pleasure

For many years I have described myself, in profiles online, as a hedonist. As much as any label can fit someone, it seems to fit me. This past weekend I’ve started to understand why that’s so. I’ve described my recent … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: December 26, 2015

I appreciate that what underlies our realization about this civilization, with its ruinous appetite for destruction and exhaustion of the Earth’s resources, and the atrocious (and usually hidden from public view) violence and suffering it inflicts on the land and … Continue reading

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Know Yourself. Heal. Self-Liberate. Experiment. Build Community.

(for a hi-res PDF version of this poster, click here) Let me put this another way: There is no point getting angry, terrified or grief-stricken at the actions of politicians, corporatists, psychopaths (organized or disorganized), factory farmers, lawyers, bureaucrats, organized … Continue reading

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The Admission of Necessary Ignorance

My latest article, The Admission of Necessary Ignorance, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its tenth, science-themed, edition. Check out the whole magazine! SHIFT is back in business after several months’ hiatus and they are gradually restoring the first … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: September 29, 2015

one of many disturbing warming scenarios from the latest study by Jim Hansen’s team shows that global warming is far from uniform; total glacial melt in Greenland (or Antarctica) would set the stage for constant storms of unprecedented size and total disruption … Continue reading

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Against Hope: A Primer on Complexity and Collapse

Saturday evening I participated in a PechaKucha-style evening of presentations sponsored by the Bowen Island Arts Council as part of the Canada-wide Culture Days events. For those not familiar with PechaKucha, it requires you to make your presentation precisely 20 slides … Continue reading

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Mud and Salt

the stunning meditation hut at Mud Girl Molly’s place on Salt Spring This past weekend the Coordinating Team of Bowen in Transition made a trip to nearby Salt Spring Island to meet up with our counterparts at Transition Salt Spring, … Continue reading

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Ungrateful

Alberta Tar Sands, soon to cover an area larger than NY State; its toxic sludge ponds alone are large enough to be visible from space. Photo by Dru Oja Jay, Howl Arts Collective, for The Dominion CC-BY-2.0 I have often … Continue reading

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A Cynical Theory of Power and Organizational Dynamics

from GapingVoid.com by Hugh Macleod I‘ve previously mentioned that the most important thing I learned from 37 years in the business world is that in large organizations of every kind, almost all valuable work is done by workarounds, i.e. people on the … Continue reading

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Seven Generations From Now

Last weekend in Montréal I piloted a new session entitled Seven Generations from Now: A Collective Improv. The invitation  for the event was as follows: Welcome, friend! Sit with me in this circle around the campfire, in these early days … Continue reading

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