Category Archives: resilience

Conflicted about emotions: ecological grief, love and truth

Where are the emotions? The keynote speaker representing the IPCC had just finished his presentation at the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation at Manchester Metropolitan University. It was September 2015. The questions from the conference delegates were sparse and … Continue reading

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3-day Mindfulness nature retreats

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  In need of rejuvenation and reconnection? Back by popular demand! I am running 3-day residential mindfulness nature retreats for 4-6 people over the summer period. The retreats are taking place in the Lake District and Forest of Bowland. The … Continue reading

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Manchester – local food economy

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In a previous post I described a project I’m working on with the Transition Network, assessing the potential value of a new (more resilient and sustainable) local economy in Manchester UK. Here’s a presentation on Manchester local food economy it’s based … Continue reading

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Researching value of new local economy

I’m working on a project with Transition Network to assess the potential value of a new (more resilient and sustainable) local economy in Manchester. The research focuses is on local food, retrofit of housing, and renewable energy sectors. We’re gathering … Continue reading

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Life-friendly impact and a role for the arts

For the past couple years I’ve been exploring the notion of ‘life-friendly impact‘. Here is my latest attempt to explain what it means, which I’ve just written for a new programme of work with artists and practitioners and the Chinese … Continue reading

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Greening the arts: from values to actions

This is a full version of the article I’ve written in Arts Professional issue 244. Denial, fear, anger, grief, despair, guilt, smugness, hope.  How are you feeling today? These are some typical responses to the enormity and complexity of the … Continue reading

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A new type of local economy

I’m working on a research project with Transition Network to assess the potential value of a new type of local economy in Manchester (I’ll write more about this soon). Transition is an initiative that supports community-led responses to climate change, peak oil and … Continue reading

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