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Creative Navigation of Energy Descent: Opportunities for Spiritual & Social Transformation

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Creative Navigation of Energy Descent: Opportunities for Spiritual & Social Transformation

Time: May 21, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Fairhaven Library
Street: 1117 12th St
City/Town: Bellingham, WA 98225
Website or Map: http://.https://www.facebook.…
Event Type: presentation, and, discussion
Organized By: David MacLeod
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2015

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Presentation at Bellingham IONS

We will explore the world in crisis and chaos as an opportunity for social and spiritual transformation as we form stronger connections to the earth’s natural patterns and to each other.


This presentation will consider appropriate responses to current concerns about resource depletion, climate change, and the unsustainability of current economic structures; all of which are leading some to argue that we are entering a new era signaled by the end of economic growth and declining fossil fuel energy.


We tend to have horrible visions associated with downturns and "collapse." Can we even entertain the possibility that we might be entering a period of decline in energy and standard of living?  Can we redefine “growth” to refer to our human potential rather than to our GDP? Perhaps we can learn to expand our consciousness and increase cooperative behaviors as we ride the wave down the peak oil curve.

This presentation will be supported by a new systems thinking tool called PatternDynamics™. Inspired by Permaculture’s emphasis on natural patterns and principles, PatternDynamics combines the patterns of nature with the power of language. The result is a tool which helps us understand and communicate ways of supporting resilience. We will learn some of the dynamic patterns that could assist us in creatively navigating our way through an energy descending world.

Thursday, May 21st

7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Fairhaven branch of Bellingham Public Library
Fireside Room (under front steps)
$5-10 donation (no one will be turned away)
more info:

visit the BIONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) facebook page.

DAVID MACLEOD is a member of the PatternDynamics™ Community of Practice and is committed to community resilience as a co-initiator of Transition Whatcom. He was named an “Environmental Hero” by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and appointed to a city and county Energy Resource Scarcity/Peak Oil Task Force. He has contributed articles to, Integral Leadership Review, and Beams & Struts. David has been invited to present an academic paper on the topic of tonight’s discussion at the Integral Theory Conference this July in the San Francisco Bay area.  David holds a B.Mus degree from Western Washington University, a Level II (b) accreditation in PatternDynamics™, and a Permaculture Design Certificate. He blogs at


This month’s event is co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom!

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