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Come to the Extreme Dialogue on Climate Extremes, June 18, 2013 at the University of Oslo (www.uio.no/extreme-dialogue).This Extreme Dialogue seeks to alert the media and mobilize key decision-makers and the public at large to take action in response to changes in climate variability and extreme events. Building upon some of the key messages presented in the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” (SREX), the dialogue aims to develop an untapped potential to make better connections across communities, sectors, and generations. The Extreme Dialogue will use facilitated dialogue and diverse media including film, art, and theatre to communicate climate change as a compelling story about extreme weather that emphasizes the capacities of humans to better manage risk.
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Climate change is considered by many to be the greatest challenge to humanity. It is a “perfect storm” that will lead to unprecedented social and ecological impacts, unless urgent measures are taken to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changes that are now considered inevitable. There is a growing recognition that traditional approaches and “business-as-usual” are insufficient to address the complex challenges of climate change. In fact, there have been many calls for new modes of thinking about multiple interacting processes, policies, and programs, and both scientific and policy discourses increasingly emphasize the need for deliberate transformation to address climate change.
Transformation to a low-carbon, well-adapted global society presents both opportunities and risks, and raises some important questions: What do we actually mean by transformation? What do we know from historical experience in a diverse field how to make it happen? Where are the gaps in our knowledge base to inform concrete strategies and actions for deliberate, ethical and sustainable transformation at the rate and scale that a global existential threat calls for? Can we innovate rapidly enough, and with sufficient intelligence, to transform systems along pathways towards global justice, gender equity, and long-term social and ecological resilience? Can we do this in a participative manner, without resorting to fear, force or folly?
The aim of this conference is to bring together diverse perspectives on transformation, and to generate cutting-edge discussions on deliberate, ethical and sustainable transformation in response to the complex global challenges associated with climate change.
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# Good argument for new paradigm concepts and a vision of "awareness-based, love-infused, presence-centered, evolutionary leadership” (but beyond green meme concepts :-)) drawing on Steiner, Campbell, Kegan, Torbert, Wilber, etc. The article gives a solid overview over qualities, concepts and practices that are emerging and gives a taste on what a new paradigm of leadership and development "in relationship to nature, community and meaning" could actually look like embodied, and, most importantly, scaled up. AC
Immunity To Change - Why Is Personal Change So Difficult? Adaptive rather than technical challenges
The inherent assumption in most training and work-related attempts at encouraging personal change is that it is skills based, in other words people can be taught to change. They can be taught, but generally they won't change. They can't change and according to Kegan this is because of their inbuilt and invisible immunity to change.
# my take: I have been working with the Kegan approach to overcome immunities to change and resistances on both individual and collective transformation processes. This is a great tool; the book makes it accessible for corporate minds. Well worth reading. Also see the review of my colleague Jonathan Reams:http://integral-review.org/documents/Reams,%20Immunity%20to%20Change%20Vol.%205%20No.%201.pdf AC ;
Academic paper from Otto Scharmer: "Awareness-based global leadership platform building cross-sector capacity for resilient societies" http://www.ottoscharmer.com/docs/articles/2011_uschool.pdf sent from Colby's iPhone...
This paper explores the underlying system of thought that has led to our current economic, ecological, social, and spiritual crisis and proposes new ideas and leverage points for a green, inclusive, and intentional ecosystem economy.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, An old habit is a lot like a cow stuck on the second floor landing: you can’t throw it out the bedroom window; you have to coax it...
Her signature reads: Monica Sharma, Director, Leadership and Capacity Development, United Nations. Heavy duty.
The Courage to Change"It is one thing to look objectively at change or to study it at a distance, in an attempt to both understand and shape it. Yet it is another thing to look at how we ourselves approach change – i.e. do we embrace change, or do we resist it? Is it exciting, or is it frightening? While the blind spots and limitations of others are often directly visible to us, it is less commonto look at our own assumptions and beliefs, our areas of discomfort and anxiety, and our fears, including the shadows that cover emotions that we would prefer to hide. This can make one feel quite vulnerable, and most people will find good reasons, consciously or unconsciously, to avoid this at all costs.” From “The Courage to Change: Adaptation from the Inside-Out” by Karen O’Brien – coming soon in Moser and Boykoff’s new book, “Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science to Policy in a Rapidly Changing World”.http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415525008/ ;
Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation... (or why worldviews matter!)
In the lecture I proposed ‘Trimtabs for systemic change’ as a strategy for creating a world that works for all. I introduced this as a strategy complementary to the conventional way of handling contemporary issues, where we strive to understand and control specific problems such as the climate change.
# this is a really good talk, worth listening to!
@Karen O'Brien, cChange
Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.
The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!"
The magic of leverage points
Business and change guru Dr. Otto Scharmer shares his theory of transformation —a method of pre-sensing the future in the present moment, allowing individuals to become aware of creative new possibilities for change. - A bit dated but still good.