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Artwork copyright © 2014 Tucker Nichols

Don’t stay away! 
(I mean, really, when is the next time you’ll be able to get together with hundreds and hundreds of people rethinking civilization from the ground up?)

Seizing an Alternative: 
Toward an Ecological Civilization

June 4-7, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

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Attend 4-Day Conference
Saturday Package
Southern California Edison makes ADDITIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS (limited) available. To apply, write to
ATTEND FREE PLENARY SESSIONS at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, Claremont, CA:

Bill McKibben: 7:00 p.m. Opening Night

FRIDAY, June 5
John B. Cobb, Jr.: 9:00 a.m.
Vandana Shiva: 7:00 p.m.

Herman Daly-John B. Cobb, Jr. discussion moderated by PRI’s Warren Olney (recorded):
  9:00 a.m.
Sheri Liao: 7:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 7
Wes Jackson: 9:00 a.m.
ATTEND SUNDAY EVENING BANQUET (cost: $50) featuring David Griffin with a response by John B. Cobb, Jr.  June 7, 6:00 p.m. 
What’s new for Pando Populus: 
Ecology as Theology
In his series of Pando Populus posts for, leading up to our eco-conference, philosopher-theologian Philip Clayton highlights:

• New paradigms for saving the Earth
• John Bielenberg and Tucker Nichols work in the Design for Good movement
Wes Jackson's Land Institute and the dilemmas of feeding the world
• Sheri Liao's Beijing initiatives and the spiritual dimensions of climate change

Now for his fifth and latest post, Clayton cedes the floor to best-selling author Michael Dowd, who will lead a Section IV session on “The Sacred Side of Science: Evidence as Modern-Day Scripture, Ecology as Theology.” In the guest post, Dowd makes the provocative claim that “when religion fails, economics becomes demonic.” He says “the role of religion has always been to shape norms and values such that individuals and cultures live in right relationship to reality.” For that reason he takes religions to task for failing to evolve norms and values that protect nature’s life support systems.  

C.S. Pearce blogs about Dowd’s article in this recent Pando Populus post.  
Design for Social Innovation
Alex Molloy, head of the conference’s design track, unpacks its key theme in her post:  How to Use Design Thinking for Social Challenges.  Take a look to learn how design thinking can work for ________ [you fill in the blank]. 
Corporate Rules
John B. Cobb, Jr. writes in a new blog that it seems that the transnational corporations have grown tired of being bothered by national governments and have packed into one “trade agreement” everything they need to avoid interference.  He links to Susan Collins’ paper on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Collins will be joining the conference. Read more here
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