Positive Energy - Creative Community Responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change

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Findhorn Foundation Easter Conference

Creative community responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change in the company of some of the worlds leading thinkers, activists and practitioners
Work on climate change is not served by playing upon our fear or guilt but by an enthusiastic release of creativity and ingenuity such as happens when we feel ourselves called forward on a great adventure - Joanna Macy

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Positive Energy team up with Gaia University to offer Masters Degree

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We are moving into uncharted waters. The imminent peaking in the availability of oil and natural gas together with the effects on the climate of the burning of fossil fuels mean that we now have no choice but to restructure our communities and our economy. Most of the headlines focus on the difficulties and problems that this transition will entail.

a happy crowd eating lunch outside the Community Centre in the Findhorn Foundation and CommunityHowever, there is growing evidence from around the world that substantial reductions in our carbon footprints are possible in ways that are easily achievable and that do not damage our quality of life. Both local government and community-led initiatives are developing models that have been proven to work and that hold an important key in our transition towards more sustainable societies.

This conference will bring together many of those pioneering creative and effective solutions to the problems associated with Peak Oil and Climate Change.

Breaking News - we have several new presenters joining the team:

Professor Declan Kennedy of Gaia University will be talking about The Localisation of Higher Education on the afternoon of Thursday, March 27.

Naima Oumoussa from the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment in Morocco will talk about various projects undertaken by her ministry and funded under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 26.

In addition, on the evening of Friday March 21, there will be a pre-conference talk by Daniel Greenberg, Founder/Director of the Living Routes educational programme on Carbon Offsetting and Ecovillages, for those who are arriving before the conference starts. (Conference does not include accommodation on Friday evening.)

gaia university logoOpportunity to work with Gaia University

Positive Energy is partnering with Gaia University to offer conference participants the possibility to earning a masters degree or post-masters diploma, Action-Design for Local Resilience, using the Positive Energy conference as the first step in your learning journey. For more information, please visit www.gaiauniversity.org or contact

Joanna Macy, teacher and author, is the creator of the Work That Reconnects. Drawing from Buddhist practices, systems theory, and love for life, her workshops empower environmental and social activists worldwide. Her many books include Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World; World As Lover, World As Self; Widening Circles, A Memoir; and translations of Rilke's poetry. www.joannamacy.net
Dorothy Maclean is a co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation and community and continues to dedicate her life to teaching and supporting others to make their own inner connection to God and to nature's intelligence. Described as a true planetary citizen, she has recently released a new book, Come Closer: Messages from the God Within.
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.www.richardheinberg.com
Richard Olivier is Artistic Director of Olivier Mythodrama, 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. www.oliviermythodrama.com
Richard Lochhead, MSP is Member of the Scottish Parliament for the constituency of Moray, where Findhorn is located. He is a former convener of the European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament. He currently holds the Scottish National Party's portfolios on Environment, Energy, Fishing and Rural Affairs in the Scottish Parliament.
Rob Hopkins is founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first transition town project in the UK. Transition Towns are an emerging approach to enabling towns 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. www.transitiontowns.org
Megan Quinn is the Outreach Director of Community Service, Inc. She served as Master of Ceremonies for the first, second, and third US conferences on Peak Oil and Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and at the Peak Oil and Environment conference in Washington DC in May 2006. Megan has a degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She co-wrote and co-produced her organisation's documentary, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. www.communitysolution.org
Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator, teaching up to undergraduate level at the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage in Scotland. He is also President of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Executive Secretary of GEN-Europe. Jonathan has spent much of his working life promoting community economic development in Africa and is the author of several books including the recently published Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability. He is also a gardener and a story-teller. www.gen-europe.org

The week begins by encouraging us to open to our creativity. Joanna Macy will lead a two-day exploration of deep ecology while Richard Olivier will lead a one-day workshop on Green Leadership using the themes in Shakespeare's As You Like It. We then transition in the second half of the week to look at the many positive responses that are already emerging from communities around the world.

The last two days of the conference, Thursday and Friday, can be attended as a mini-event: From Crisis to Opportunity, for those who cannot attend the full week.

a boy recycling tin cans in the Findhorn Foundation and Community The Findhorn community was recently found to have the lowest ecological footprint ever measured in the industrialised world - just half the UK national average.

The ecovillage at Findhorn is the venue for a series of workshops during the conference, drawing on Findhorn's experience, including the design and creation of:

- locally-based food production systems, including community-supported agriculture (CSA) schemes
- community currencies and banks
- community-owned and managed renewable energy companies
- biological waste water treatment systems
- ecologically efficient housing

Low income £525
Medium income £585
High income £675