Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

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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Suffering Fools Gladly

Once a year I try to travel outside my circle of comfort, both intellectually and geographically. Last year I spent nearly a week with Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth, the genii of Dark Mountain, and met up at the same time with … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: May 28, 2015

subdivision in Cathedral City CA, built (as you can see) in the desert; photo by Damon Winter in the NYT So, here’s the thing: All “growth” in the economy, for at least the past half century, has come from producing … Continue reading

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Beyond Belief

My latest article, Beyond Belief, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its ninth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a … Continue reading

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Poster: The New Political Map

Full-sized downloadable PDF version with hyperlinks here. I have added in the names of seven people I greatly admire (all, sadly, middle-aged or older white males) who have written articles or books that I think exemplify worldviews F through L. In the PDF … Continue reading

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Poster: A Community-Based Resilience Framework

Thanks to some suggestions from Transition Network co-founder Ben Brangwyn and others, I’ve revised and condensed the Community-Based Resilience Framework I published here a few months ago. The two main changes are the elimination of the accompanying explanation (my hope … Continue reading

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Several Short Sentences About Learning

   The only useful learning experiences I have ever had have been at least initially self-directed and exploratory. This is despite having attended educational institutions, conferences, workshops and seminars that were generally led and organized by smart, caring people. Because … Continue reading

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The End of Politics

My latest article, The End of Politics, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its eighth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue … Continue reading

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