Forum Group Activities.
The Forum exists for enabling professional collaboration on our predicament. It currently hosts 10 groups pursuing different interests.
In Coaching and Counselling, a call was published for coaches to assist activists in need of emotional counselling: Volunteering on the frontline One of the group’s Group Leaders, Matthew Painton, also laid out an open conceptual framework for transcendent perspectives about collapse, in order to invite deeper conversations. A conversation also took place on how to proceed as coaches and counsellors on the forum, and to bring about a needed shift in the mainstream “development” focus of the mental health profession.
In Food and Agriculture, there was a lively conversation focused on attracting new farmers, given the critical lack of trained individuals ready to grow food in the face of climate stresses. Another topic that attracted much attention was that of incorporating chickens into a Southeast Asian farm for better collapse resilience, and some strategies for doing that successfully. The Food & Ag community has proved willing and able to provide specific advice to farmers facing particular issues.
The Holistic Approaches group notably featured a post by Jem Bendell on Facilitation principles and practices for Deep Adaptation, which garnered useful replies, including an essay by Gavin Milne on the socio-cultural obstacles for deeper public engagement with ecological catastrophe. Another lively conversation unfolded around the topic of Rethinking faith on the brink of collapse.
In the Philosophy discussion group, interesting conversations have unfolded on the topics of boundaries (on climate refugees and the issues around borders, geopolitics, responsibility, and reparations), misanthropy (the rise of negative feelings in response to climate change impacts upon those least responsible for it, including the natural world), implicatory denial (a sociological phenomenon of social inaction to climate change), as well as The ethics of choosing between two bad choices (authoritarian responses to climate change, implications for individualism and freedom, questions of fairness and justice, tribalism, and counter responses.)
Finally, besides a variety of in-depth conversations, the Community Action group was also enriched with many valuable resources – including a useful Climate Action Landscape Map on practical deep adaptative strategies from the individual to the global level.
As for the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group, it continues to be as lively as ever – its 3400+ members make it difficult to follow everything that is happening. It is an emotional topic and so not an easy place to moderate, and the volunteer moderators are doing a great job. For a sample of rich conversation topics, you can read about:
- What professions/technical skills should we recommend to our recent high school graduate children when they ask what to study or learn for the future?
- Pontoon Archipelago – or how I learned to stop worrying and love collapse
- What are you doing today/this week to move to Deep Adaptation?