What has being female got to do with living sustainably?

This presentation draws on newer understandings of what it is to be female, particularly dealing with change and the different responses that women have in their ‘tool-kit’ – for example tend-and-befriend as well as fight-or-flight. In the presentation I have linked this to the need to respond to the emerging stressors in our society and world in a sustaining way. Females are by their nature and nurture better prepared for this task and I am calling on women to draw on this power to help out. Continue reading

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The Power of Networks

This is another RSA YouTube video about a change in scientific thinking that has occurred that requires a shift in the way we think about the world.

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Complex adaptive systems

I have been listening to part of a lunchtime session, here in Melbourne Australia, on ABC Classic FM with Paul Ehrlich and was re-minded of the importance of people understanding complex adaptive systems. Continue reading

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Through the eyes of women…’solutions’ to our sustainability predicament

Our innate (female) biological destiny, colors the lens through which we view and engage in the world. Our primary values are communication, connection, emotional sensitivity and responsiveness…just what we need to live more sustainable lives… Continue reading

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The Conundrum – a must read

Recommended by Professor Frank Fisher along with Small is Beautiful and Silent Spring.

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More on “A Practice that Sustains” short course of my previous post

The Short Course – A Practice that Sustains will be running in the second half of 2012 at oases Graduate School

Some practitioners promote resolving the “material” issues that we have i.e. water, energy and waste as the path to sustainability but to generate sustainable, indeed sustaining and worthwhile lives requires different ways of being in relation to the material and immaterial, human and non-human, things and no things, knowing and not knowing. These are extraordinarily difficult to come to terms with especially when working and living in our rapidly changing world.

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Upcoming Short Course in Melbourne – A Practice That Sustains

About the A Practice that Sustains course:

This short course will provide you with an opportunity to not only reflect upon your present way of life, but also to envisage a future that is both feasible and desirable, and to plan for it to come into being. In creating your own future you cannot be told “who or “how to be”; you must “extract” this vision from your values, circumstances and personal knowledge. Continue reading

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