Even if we can’t escape its consequences, it is not too late to escape the mindset that brought us here
Alice O’Keeffe, The Guardian, August 7 2019
The climate and ecological crisis, COVID-19 and the fragility of the global economic system are the tip of the iceberg of the systemic interconnected precariousness of our times.
Many of the systems upon which 'business as usual' depends appear to be either in incremental decline and facing likely collapse; or holding on ever-more tightly whilst approaching a cliff-edge.
Increasing numbers of people are seeking alternatives to the typical responses of denial/avoidance/believing in techno-fixes/attempting prevention. Another type of response is emerging.
This academic paper outlines a different kind of premise and response. It starts with the premise that the decline and collapse of multiple systems on which 'business as usual' depends is likely or inevitable. The response is that this requires us to adapt our ways of seeing, thinking, living, working and being together in deep and fundamental ways.
The paper went viral and catalysed a global movement around the Deep Adaptation agenda; which has a purpose of embodying and enabling loving responses to our predicament and reducing suffering, while saving more of society and the natural world.
Self-Organising Deep Adaptation
No single person/ committee/ group/ organisation/ country can control or direct how we deeply adapt; we need to figure out together our collective responses to the shared predicament we have co-created. And we need to be able to do this at all levels of scale: in our homes, communities, organisations, bioregions, nations, globally.
Understanding self-organisation and evolving the capacity to self-organise these explorations and responses is going to be essential. The knowledge, tools and resources on this website are offered in service of this.
We run Deep Adaptation Exploration Days for people to come together and start to collectively explore what all of this means to us. The days are intended for those who have already read the paper and are ready to explore the implications, rather than the validity, of the paper's conclusions.
The day explores four themes from the paper: Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration and Reconciliation. We inquire into the questions these each pose and our emotional, psychological, spiritual as well as practical responses.
We attempt to interrupt our conditioned thinking and gather together with others who have the courage to face the unfaceable. What is our map for living with meaning in the face of multiple-systems collapse? By what values do we want to live? How can we build stronger communities/organisations/networks? And which communities? What practical planning makes sense? And – fundamental to our enquiry – what might be the opportunity lying at the heart of this crisis?
These days normally run as a single day from 10am-4pm. Let us know if you are interested in hosting such a day for your local community, organisation or network by filling in the form below.