Likewise. I liked the way Leo formated the discussion last night and allowed the group to self organize with the material at hand. Yes, it was a joy for me and I'm looking forward to see what the "southerners" come up with.
Eric, thanks very much for that link - I just bookmarked it. Don't know if your schedule would allow for this, but beginning in January there's going to be a study group for The Transition Handbook - check out "events" - I'm sure your input would be a fabulous asset to the conversation if the timing works.
HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE!!
Susan, here's the blurb about Future Scenarios, which btw is by David Holmgren, founder along with Bill Mollison of the original concept of permaculture:
In Future Scenarios, permaculture co-originator and leading sustainability innovator David Holmgren outlines four scenarios that bring to life the likely cultural, political, agricultural, and economic implications of peak oil and climate change, and the generations-long era of “energy descent” that faces us.
“Scenario planning,” Holmgren explains, “allows us to use stories about the future as a reference point for imagining how particular strategies and structures might thrive, fail, or be transformed.”
Future Scenarios depicts four very different futures. Each is a permutation of mild or destructive climate change, combined with either slow or severe energy declines. Probable futures, explains Holmgren, range from the relatively benign Green Tech scenario to the near catastrophic Lifeboats scenario.
As Adam Grubb, founder of the influential Energy Bulletin Web site, says, “These aren’t two-dimensional nightmarish scenarios designed to scare people into environmental action. They are compellingly fleshed-out visions of quite plausible alternative futures, which delve into energy, politics, agriculture, social, and even spiritual trends. What they do help make clear are the best strategies for preparing for and adapting to these possible futures.”
Future Scenarios provides brilliant and balanced consideration of the world’s options and will prove to be one of the most important books of the year.
It's really not a very big book at all and although I opted to read it *after* The Transition Handbook, I'm sure it will be a quick, if very thoughtful and stimulating, read.
Have a lovely holiday yourself, and a grand Winter Solstice tonight!
I haven't read Future Scenarios, but would be interested to hear your thoughts, and if it's a good one to look at. I took a permaculture course last summer, so am interested in that perspective on things. Have a good holiday! Susan
Susan, thanks so much. A friend had just recommended "The Transition Handbook" to me and my copy arrived in the mail this morning, along with "Future Scenarios," David Holmgren's book, and that's what prompted me to look for a more local to me group to join. I'd love to participate in a discussion group about these, and I'll see about the possibility of making a meeting as well.