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Day 7 – Final Presentation – Richard Lochhead, MSP

Participants gathered for the final presentation of the week to hear Richard Lochhead’s talk titled, Renewable Energy: The Benefits for Communities and the Role of Community Energy in Delivering the Scottish Government’s Objectives. Richard Lochhead is Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Moray constituency and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment. (read more…)

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Day 7 – Richard Heinberg, Resilient Communities

On the last day of the conference, Richard Heinberg was warmly welcomed back for his second presentation. Last night he gave us ‘Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines.’ Now that he’d warmed us up, he said he’d come back to try out some new ideas he’d working with over the past few weeks. “It’s all a big unknown,” he admitted, but had decided we were the kind of audience that could handle the unknown. Where are we? Where are we going? Richard invited us to journey together with him in this exercise in strategic thinking and see where it would lead. Based on his background, research and experience, Richard has formed 8 assumptions: (read more…)

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Day 6 – Richard Heinberg, Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines

Richard Heinberg is one of the world’s foremost peak oil educators. He is a Research Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, a member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and a core faculty member of New College of California where he teaches a programme on Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community. He is the author of seven books including The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies. (read more…)

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Day 6 – Rob Hopkins, Designing Pathways from Oil Dependency to Local Resilience

Rob Hopkins is founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first transition town project in the UK. Transition Towns (now referred to as Transition Villages) are an emerging approach to enabling towns/villages to prepare for peak oil and climate change and act as catalysts for the community to explore how the end of the age of cheap oil will affect them. They are based on the simple assertion that life beyond cheap oil and gas could be preferable to the present, but only if we engage in designing this transition with sufficient creativity and imagination. (read more…)

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Day 6 – Alan Hobbett, Community Power: The Imminent Revolution

Alan Hobbett is Senior Manager – Social Housing for Dunfermline Building Society. Before joining Dunfermline Building Society, he worked with the islanders of Gigha in the regeneration of their community-owned island, which included the creation of the UK’s first grid-connected, community-owned windfarm. Alan remains a voluntary Director of Gigha Renewable Energy Limited, the subsidiary company established by the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust to develop and manage the island’s windfarm. He is a voluntary Director of Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company Limited and las year became a founder Director of Ecology Centre Enterprises Ltd, a community-based social enterprise in Fife. Alan is currently involved in the establishment of a Community Energy Company for Edinburgh and acts as an editorial board advisor to Good Company magazine. (read more…)

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Day 5 – Jonathan Dawson, Moving Outside the Bubble

Moving Outside the Bubble: The Ecovillage Contribution to the Sustainability Movement Jonathan Dawson is the President of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). He is a resident of the Findhorn Ecovillage, where he teaches sustainability studies up to undergraduate level. He is co-author of a curriculum on sustainable community development that has been endorsed by UNESCO as part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainability. Jonathan has spent 20 years as a consultant, author, educator and project manager in the field of community economic development in Africa and South Asia. He is the author of three books on various aspects of development and sustainability and is a prolific writer of articles for academic journals and the popular media. (read more…)

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Day 5 – Megan Quinn, Beyond Sustainability

Conference co-host, Jonathan Dawson, invited participants to metaphorically ‘gather the jewels that we found in the forest as we move into the city.’ Today is the mid-point of the week, the day we transition from the largely heart-based experiential work to the heart and mind-based more practical aspect. The transition began with Megan Quinn. (read more…)

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Day 4 – The Journey of Renewal in Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ with Richard Olivier

Richard Olivier took centre stage today to begin the journey of renewal in Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It.’ Richard is Artistic Director of Olivier Mythodrama Associates (OMA), a unique leadership development consultancy. He was a leading theatre director for 10 years. His work is at the leading edge of bringing theatre into the development of authentic leadership. Richard is the founder of Mythodrama — a new form of experiential learning which combines great stories with psychological insights, creative exercises and organisational development techniques. (read more…)

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Day 3 – Taking Heart in Tough Times with Joanna Macy – Concluding Session

This is the time when we come full circle in the spiral to coming forth the fourth and final phase. In closing this workshop, Taking Heart in Tough Times, Joanna began, it has been a rare and beautiful thing to have this resonating connection with you and your attention. (read more…)

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Day 3 – Taking Heart in Tough Times with Joanna Macy – Afternoon Session

This is the fourth of five workshops sessions with Joanna Macy about deep ecology, the work that reconnects. “Moving away from our empirical view of the world,” Joanna began, “we come round the spiral to the third phase — we come to see with new eyes. This phase is a complement to being with our emotions of tears and anger as we were this morning. It’s good brain food.” Joanna then proceeded to give us a “condensed version of a university semester in systems thinking” as a way to ground the work. (read more…)

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