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Special Guest Lectures

  • Nov 9, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • JOJO's House

On Saturday November 9th we will have a special meeting with a presentation by Nicole M. Foss and Laurence Boomert. This is a lunch potluck so bring something to share. Arrival at 11:00 with Lunch at 12:00. There is limited seating of 40 so I suggest you RSVP and pre-pay (if you live near the hosting address) if possible otherwise bring cash please. There is a fee to bring Nichole and Laurence here to speak so we are suggesting $10.00 per person to help defer costs 

Nicole M. Foss   

is co-editor of The Automatic Earth (  where she writes under the name Stoneleigh. She and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politic in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was previously editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance. 

Foss runs the Agri-Energy Producers' Association of Ontario, where she has focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level. 

Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, the common professional examination in law and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997. 

Laurence Boomert 

Has a long history in contingency planning, green business development and community up solutions. In the 1990s he founded the 500 member Environmental Business Network, He currently runs the Bank of Real Solutions, an online database of community can-do success stories. He was a co publisher and writer for the book “Fleeing Vesuvius: Responding to the effects of economic and environmental collapse” published in 2011 by Living Economies with whom he is a board member.

Along the way he has done everything from being an organic farmer to a television presenter (on Maggie’s Garden Show) to founding a new political party. 

He serves on a variety of national and local trusts dedicated to sustainable living.

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    (I placed this comment over on the Atlanta Beyond Oil site and Denise asked me to share it with you guys also). A couple of years ago, my husband and I drove up to North Carolina to hear a presenation by Nicole during her last USA tour. We were blown away with her clear, fact-filled, integrated presentation on the financial situation, energy concerns and environmental issues. And, as you can see from the intro above, she certainly has the credentials and she definitely provides hard tack, referenced facts. We left the presentation in NC with our mouths agape, but our eyes wide open. So if you want or need a dose of reality in your life, come see her.

    (And just a FYI...since all of you are interested in sustainability, note that Nicole is also a permaculture teacher and owns a farm up in Canada.)

    October 9, 2013

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