Conversations on Resilience

Interviewing Jem Bendell from Deep Adaptation

September 9, 01:00 AM UTC  | 08:00 AM WIB (UTC+7) | (September 8 at 18:00 PDT)

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Join us for a series of conversations on community and individual resilience.

 With climate change already here and a series of connected crises (political, social, financial), it is more important than ever to work on improving the resilience of individuals and communities. From the psychological and social aspects to the more practical aspects of creating or preserving resilient systems for water, food, energy, transportation and communication. These conversations with experienced "resilient builders" will bring some light on how we can create safe and nurturing spaces for ourselves and those around us in times that will be increasingly challenging for all.

At Gaia Education, we want our participants to learn how to prepare and respond, becoming more resilient at the psychological (worldview), social, economic and ecological levels. 

We believe that the best way to be resilient is by creating regenerative communities and households and cultivating regenerative livelihoods for all.

In this webinar series we are inviting speakers, activists and authors who have been researching, documenting, working and teaching about resilience in communities.

As part of this series we will be interviewing Prof Jem Bendell from Deep Adaptation and author of "Breaking Together"

Around the world, people are dramatically changing their lives to prioritise creativity and social contribution. They are worrying less about their career, financial security, or the latest trends. They are helping those in need, growing food, making music, campaigning for change and exploring self and spirituality. Why is this shift occurring? Because they have rejected the dominant view of reality and no longer expect elites or officers of the establishment to solve the worsening problems in society. After decades of greed, hypocrisy, lies, corruption and inefficient policies, they are no longer waiting for any elites to rescue anyone, let alone the planet. But they are no longer upset, numb or despairing. They are living life more fully, according to what they value. It is precisely because these people regard modern societies to be breaking down, that they are living more freely. They need neither an underground bunker nor a fairytale of a better tomorrow as they are living for love, truth and beauty today. Who are they? Some call them doomsters. Jem Bendell identifies as one of them. Perhaps you are too? In this short talk, Prof Bendell will draw upon his book 'Breaking Together', to give some examples of the many forms of doomster life, around the world, what psychology tells us about this phenomenon, and the extent to which we might become a force for positive social change in an era of societal collapse. I'll also explain why officers and wannabes of the establishment now fear us enough to misrepresent, censor, and even criminalise us.

Note: those registered to this webinar or any of the "Conversations on Resilience" series, will get a 25% dicount on the "Design for Resilience" course.

Prof. Jem Bendell

Professor Jem Bendell is a world-renowned scholar on the breakdown of modern societies due to environmental change. Downloaded over a million times, his Deep Adaptation paper is credited with inspiring the growth of the Extinction Rebellion movement in 2018, and also created a global network to reduce harm in the face of societal collapse.

Read more and download the book here.

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Silvia Di Blasio

Silvia is Gaia Education academic and eLearning coordinator. She also co-facilitates the Worldview Dimension of the GEDS in Spanish, the Cultivating Regenerative Livelihoods course and the Design for Resilience course. Silvia holds a certificate in permaculture, a certificate in disaster management and is a Gaia Education certified trainer. She has experience in various fields and has years of experience in community resilience and related fields.

Silvia Di Blasio
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“This is a prophetic book.”  Satish Kumar, founder, Schumacher College

This book shows that instead of imposing elitist schemes and scams, regenerating nature and culture together is the only way forward.” Dr Stella Nyambura Mbau, Loabowa Kenya

This book is part of a healing movement that extends beyond what we normally think of as ecological.” Charles Eisenstein, author, Climate: A New Story

The collapse of modern societies has already begun. That is the conclusion of two years of research by the interdisciplinary team behind Breaking Together. How did it come to this? Because monetary systems caused us to harm each other and nature to such an extent it broke the foundations of our societies. So what can we do? This book describes people allowing the full pain of our predicament to liberate them into living more courageously and creatively. They demonstrate we can be breaking together, not apart, in this era of collapse. Jem Bendell argues that reclaiming our freedoms is essential to soften the fall and regenerate the natural world. Escaping the efforts of panicking elites, we can advance an ecolibertarian agenda for both politics and practical action in a broken world.

The book can be downloaded as a free PDF here.

Note: those registered to this webinar or any of the "Conversations on Resilience" series, will get a 25% dicount on the "Design for Resilience" course.