- The Green New Deal Revisited
"Our real debt is to the Biosphere that sustains us, not the banking systems that constrains us." — "Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier" For those of us in the field, it seems like we are in a Deja Vu moment. Green Plans have been proposed for many years now. For some reason it has finally got to the top of our Political Agenda in the year 2019. As Charles Peguy once said: "Everything begins in mysticism and ends in Politics." At this Eco-District meeting we will unpack and explore how we might influence the discourse and content of the emerging Green New Deal. Some of the questions we will explore include: • Is a 2nd Enlightenment needed? • What can we learn from the Design Decade Documents developed by Buckminster Fuller? • How can we accelerate the transformation of the global financial system in order to catalyze the transition of societies into the post carbon era, so that humanity can become more resilient in the face of the multidimensional challenges of Climate-Change? • What projects would we like to bring to realization? • What is your vision and what are your initiatives? Join us as we endeavor to create a new context for Inventing the Future. Christopher Zelov CJ Fearnley
- Eco-District Strategic Review and Regeneration
Review and regenerate, in the spirit of the gift of resurrection (Joseph Campbell's interpretation of the metaphor of Easter). Strategic overview Strategies for development Long Now Perspective TV show / outreach to Schools? How to deal with the crisis of ignorance? Updates from members on initiatives. Exploring your vision and initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition.
- Expected Climate Change in the 21st Century: a short overview
"All history is experimental journey from darkness to light" —Petrarch "Expected Climate Change in the 21st Century: a Short Overview" with Penn Professor Irina Marinov PhD (https://www.sas.upenn.edu/earth/people/irina-marinov). Marinov is Penn’s leading teacher about the dynamics of climate change! Updates from members on the state of play of initiatives in motion. Exploring your vision and initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. Please join us in this exploration as we engage in learning how to better Invent the Future.
- International Narratives of Sustainability and Resilience; Living Walls
Two featured presentations: "Translation and Etymology as Cultural Narratives of Sustainability and Resilience in Germany, Israel, Indonesia and the Netherlands" with Simon Richter, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Living Walls Initiative, Sanjay Jain, Independent Inventor Updates from members on initiatives. Exploring your vision and initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition.
- The Future of Medicine and the Climate Change Challenge
This month will feature a keynote presentation "The Future of Medicine in the Age of the Climate Change Challenge" by Dr. Richard Lippin. He will articulate his emerging Vision about the possible future of medicine. Dr. Lippin is a Healthcare Sector Futurist and Physician Activist and is on the Board of Advisors of Ethical Markets. He is also deeply involved with the key issues of our time, and grasps the vital significance of systems theory. We will also hear updates on projects and initiatives from other members. We also hope to hear about your vision and initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. Please see this infographic on Climate Change and Health: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/articles/CLIMATECHANGEANDHEALTH2018.JPG Please see this outline of Megatrends in Medicine: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/articles/MEGATRENDSINMEDICINELIPPIN2018B.docx Please see this 2009 essay by Dr. Richard Lippin: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/articles/ObamaEssaybyLippinNov2008.pdf
- Eco-District Planning and Organizing Meeting: Educational Initiative
Monthly Eco-District thinking and doing planning and knowledge-sharing meeting. "[J]udgment is knowing based on knowledge that is inseparable from the knower. By this we mean that judgment is based on a type of knowledge that is generated in the particularity or uniqueness of a situation; knowledge that is inseparable from the knower and is only revealed through the actions—cognitive or physical actions—of the knower. This is in contrast to decisions that are made, based on the type of knowledge that is of value primarily because it is separable from the knower." — "The Design Way", p. 141. This Sunday, we will meet to discuss the following: ● Developing our Educational Services initiative. See http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/educationalservices/ ● Update on West Coast Project (Christopher Zelov) ● "The Logic of Human Judgment: Exploring the Means for Wise Action" (CJ Fearnley) ● Community Solar in Camden (David Steinberg) ● Philadelphia Eco-District Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-Eco-District ● Updates from members on their learnings and initiatives. ● Exploring your vision and initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. You are invited to participate in this unique effort to Invent Eco-Futures. — CJ Fearnley — Christopher Zelov