Nicole Foss of the Automatic Earth to speak in Portland Thursday, October 10th

By rototillerman on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 - 10:15am

Nicole Foss has been my friend for several years, and when she has an opportunity to visit in Portland I usually try to set up an event where she can give a presentation.  In case you've never heard of her, she's a big-picture thinker who essentially travels the world inspiring community resilience with the talks she gives.  Here's the description she sent me for this talk:

Facing the Future

We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges in our immediate future. Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact on the single-minded, one-dimensional trajectory human society has been taking in our era of growth imperative. Our current path is unsustainable. It cannot and will not continue, so we must adapt our societies in order to build a new future.

The first challenge is being presented by the on-going global financial crisis, which is far closer to its beginning than it end. Recent events in Europe, particularly in Cyprus, represent a major wake up call that financial crisis is about to resume in earnest. We must therefore anticipate and navigate a period of rapid contraction, while also planning to restructure our societies from the bottom up, so that our recovery can rest on a solid foundation. That foundation requires the resurgence of resilient communities and the development of true human capacity.

Nicole will paint a comprehensive picture of where we stand today globally, how our human operating system functions, how and why it is acutely vulnerable, and what we must do about the predicament in which we find ourselves. The focus will be primarily financial and social, reflecting the priority of impacts likely to be felt in the relatively short term. She will conduct a world tour, using different countries as illustrations of different points in a cycle of economic and societal expansion and contraction. She will highlight the critical factors for change and outline the possibilities that exist within the scope of the emerging reality. 

Laurence will explain how our current crisis reflects an unprecedented opportunity to create a better future. We are presented with the most expansive cultural possibilities in human history, and the power to deliver positive change rests with an increasingly empowered global grass roots. Laurence will present a wide range of working examples of how neighbourhoods and wider communities have woken up to their power to create a smarter, kinder world, using a myriad of both sophisticated and simple social innovations, along with super networked, yet decentralized, systems for meeting human need. 

Humanity stands on the edge of a precipice, and where we go from here is in our own hands. Nicole and Laurence believe that there is both considerable danger and tremendous potential to address a challenging situation constructively. We are the first generation with the ability to learn and apply the lessons of history. This is an unprecedented opportunity we simply cannot afford to waste.

This presentation is being co-sponsored by KBOO 90.7 FM. Please support your local community radio station!
Event Details
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
TaborSpace Dining Room
5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
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There is no charge for admission, though you are free to make a donation.


Taborspace has a parking lot just west of the building, off SE 54th Ave. If that lot is full, please be very mindful not to block any driveway of the neighbors.  The event is in the dining room, which can be accessed most easily from the ground level at the back of the building.  Or, if you prefer to enter the front of the building, look to your right once you are in the vestibule and you will see the stairs leading down to the Dining Room.

Contact Information
Kurt Liebezeit
(503) 460-2791

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Don't trust the map!

The map that is being generated automatically for this event does not appear to have the pin in the right place.

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