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Issue 28: January 2019

Exploring the 2020's



         IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Editorial
  • Feature blog Deep Adaptation
  • Events listing
  • Future Conversations project: big plans
  • Resource Toolkit: Deep Ecology
  • Guest Blog: how we avoid thinking about climate change
  • Bonus Blog: The Roots of Joy
  • Book Blog: The Dream of the Earth
Dear friend,
This coming year looks pretty uncertain, but try stretching to picture the next decade: are you hopeful? In this issue you'll find some new thinking on the troubles ahead, but also on constructive responses to them. It's tempting to ignore the 2020's, but there are big potential upsides which I invite you to explore.
Happy New Year!

Feature Blog: 

Deep Adaptation to our uncertain future:
an intro to the work of Jem Bendell and others

Over the last few months, several authoritative voices have started telling us that the outlook on climate change is a lot worse than most published forecasts suggest, and that we urgently need to understand the implications.

The most useful of these voices in my view is Professor Jem Bendell.  Whilst he strongly supports all efforts to reduce climate change, he cites evidence that it may well be too late: numerous adverse trends are already growing exponentially.

Jem uses the term Deep Adaptation as a focus for looking hard at the likely adversities of the coming years: I agree with this view that we need to find responses which go well beyond resilience in the way it is mostly understood.

He highlights three aspects to Deep Adaptation: For full blog click here.

Future Conversations:
big plans for 2019

Our initial research sessions with potential participants were highly positive, so our plans for 2019 include:
  • A Facilitator Training in London: see more in Events, or here A Train the Trainer workshop 
  • Running about six pilot programmes of 6-8 sessions, Feb-Sept
  • A major evaluation with a view to wider rollout, Oct 18.
  • For the latest Project Overview click here, If you'd like to know more, see the website.

Resource Toolkit:
Deep Ecology

This process, originally developed by Joanna Macy, is one of the best I know for facing and moving through feelings of shock, grief or future about climate change and other big issues. See more here.


Book Blog: Dreams against despair: two books by Thomas Berry

I have featured these books by Thomas Berry because they offer a different and positive way to respond to climate change, and one which I find really helpful. 


Creative Ageing: a conversation with Alan Heeks. Saturday January 12, 2019: 2:15 - 4:30pm. At the Chapel in the Garden, Bridport. Click here for flyer.

Train the Trainer Workshop: London, January 15-17 2019. Part of The Future Conversations Project. See more here...

Climate Change Consciousness, a major gathering at Findhorn Foundation. Alan is leading a workshop. See more at 

Seed Festival, Hawkwood College, Stroud. July 20-21. Alan is leading a workshop: TBC. See: 

Sept 6-8: The Odyssey of ManhoodMen are often trying to reach a goal, or figuring out what to aim for. Maybe as we get older, we see that the journey is significant too. This weekend is a chance to explore these themes in the fellowship of men, and supported by a magical 70-acre wood. For flyer click here and see more at


Guest Blog: What we think about when we try not to think about global warming

By Per Espen Stoknes: guest blog by Jane Sanders
There’s a Permaculture principle called the ‘edge effect’ which describes the incredible richness and diversity that is to be found where two habitats meet … for example the edge of a forest. This book brought this to mind as I experienced the weaving together of psychology and climate science – economics, and deep ecology. As a reader it invited me to stretch my edges too, venturing into new territories. Per Espen offers an integrated holistic approach to the diagnosis and the ‘treatment’ of the earth’s malaise like a holistic medicine practitioner who looks deeper than symptomatic treatment to heal the body. click here to read on...

 Bonus Blog:  The Roots of Joy: deepen your roots to stand firm in the storms

This blog about a holiday-retreat I co-led in Southern Morocco in November 2018 can help remind you about basic sources of wellbeing which we'll all need even more in the decade ahead: click here.



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