Professor Jem Bendell

notes from a strategist & educator on social & organisational change, now focused on #DeepAdaptation

The Deep Adaptation Forum launches

Posted by jembendell on March 6, 2019

People who are alive to the likelihood of society collapsing in our lifetimes will not be alone for long. But for now, we are few and far between. Despite 200,000 people downloading my Deep Adaptation paper, in most professional circles this topic remains taboo, and certainly not a priority within strategies, budgets or meetings. This situation means people find it challenging to work on the professional implications of their concerns. Yet the longer we delay our exploration of what to do and how, the more likely it will be that organisations and societies respond poorly in future.
There are many professional fields that are relevant to our predicament, including mainstream climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, mental health, permaculture and so on. Because a society that breaks down will affect all walks of life – and so all of us can do something to help each other prepare, whether from within our current role or a new one.

To extend the glide of our societies and soften the crash, the goal must be for every professional association, think tank, trade union, and research institute, to develop their own work on collapse-readiness. Before that happens, we can connect around the world and support each other to play a role in our professions and locations when the time arrives.

It is for these reasons that today we launch the Deep Adaptation Forum. It is the next step for those of us who accept likely collapse to work together now and thereby mark the way for our colleagues to follow in time. Through this free forum you can join regular webinars, seek advice and co-create shared resources for your field of expertise.

We concentrate mainly on:
* hosting regular video meetings among our members;
* managing jointly edited documents on relevant resources, initiatives, and knowledge needs;
* enabling in-person dialogues within local communities and professional sectors;
* and maintaining an event calendar.
The Forum is not a space for:
* debating climate science or chronicling the latest bad weather;
* disputing whether societal collapse is likely to occur;
* or arguing that near-term human extinction is now inevitable.

Such discussions occur in many other places, and instead, this Forum is solely dedicated to serving those who wish to explore collapse-readiness in all its potential forms, from the practical, to political, emotional and spiritual.

We invite a diversity of opinion, including a diversity of political approaches, so long as these do not advocate forms of fascism or violent conflict. We also invite participants, if they wish, to employ the Deep Adaptation framework. That means exploring what the concepts of resilience, relinquishment, restoration and reconciliation could mean for our profession or interest. Therefore, it will be useful if you read the Deep Adaptation paper and blog on Reconciliation before participating in the Forum.

There is no need to wait for your fellow professionals to wake up to our predicament.

There is no need to spend much time justifying yourself.

There is no need to rage against ignorance.

Instead, we can start to live our truth together now.

I look forward to connecting in the Forum.

Professor Jem Bendell, Founder of the Deep Adaptation Forum.

Note that the Forum is the place for professional collaboration. If you simply want to see the latest posts from professionals in this field, join our LinkedIn Group. If you have a general interest but don’t work on it, then join our Positive Deep Adaptation group on Facebook.


2 Responses to “The Deep Adaptation Forum launches”

  1. John Doyle said


  2. Jackie Carpenter BSc CEng MIMechE
    My areas of work
    1 Chartered Engineer
    I am a retired chartered engineer.
    I was a consultant on renewable energy and sustainability issues.
    I am a past President of the Women’s Engineering Society which is celebrating its centenary this year (2019). Tasks include:
    • Giving speeches at centenary events (using this platform to mention deep adaptation)
    • Producing a pdf publication celebrating Technical Women who have worked on Sustainability over the last 100 years
    2 Cohousing
    I am a Director of the UK Cohousing Network. We have recently taken on responsibility for the National Advice Centre for Community-Led Housing. Tasks in the immediate future include:
    • Participating in training for giving advice on community-led housing and setting up a consultancy through which I shall give advice about climate-friendly communities as a deep adaptation strategy
    • Liaising between cohousing communities and Extinction Rebellion
    • Helping to develop clear, simple governance documents for international communities that embrace a nonviolent approach
    I live at and support Trelay Cohousing Community. Tasks in the immediate future include:
    • Convening the vegetable patch group plus regular work to grow vegetables and fruit on a permaculture eco-friendly basis
    • Project coordinator for a new central community building (which will include a quiet room/ spiritual space) as a centre of learning for deep adaptation.
    • Convenor reviewing the Governance of the Trelay Cohousing Community.
    3 Quakers
    I carry out voluntary work for Quakers. Tasks include:
    • Editor of “An Krenner Kernewek, The Cornish Friend”
    • Convenor for the CAM Sustainability Group (about to kick this off)
    • Member of the committee that organised the Devon and Cornwall gathering at Sheldon in 2018 and is organising the Quaker Sustainability Weekend Gathering, Carthvean Farm, August 2019
    4 Author
    I have written a book called, “Hope on the Slope”.
    Jackie Carpenter 6th March 2019

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