Positive Deep Adaptation in your Life

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As regular readers will know, I have woken up to the global ecological and climate breakdown that’s facing us. A large part of my work now focuses on facilitating something called PDA (Positive Deep Adaptation).

Working with individuals, groups and communities, I help people to look inside and wake up to a new level of consciousness.

PDA was first coined by Jem Bendell, a professor of sustainable development at Cumbria University – and includes an extremely useful framework for considering how we could adapt in a dramatically changed environment – ecologically, socially, economically.

Although the term came out of the need to deeply adapt as a society to the changes heading our way (whether we like them or not) – it struck me recently that this framework is equally useful in a more general context.

How do we really want to live? Who do we want to become? How do we want to treat each other? How do we want to parent, to lead, to contribute? What’s most important to us?

Come to the Edge!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know about the climate emergency facing us all.

After three months of intense research into the science, and the probable social collapse that’s coming our way, I have concluded that I must use whatever talents, skills and resources I have to help as many people as possible in the time I have left.

So, after 35 years, I have made the decision to close down my business at the end of August.  I can’t tell you how good it feels!

I will still be offering my Thriving workshops and retreats, and coaching individuals and teams – except from now on I’ll be gifting everything.  I want to wake as many people up as possible to the love, compassion and humanity that we all are at our core.

Everything has to change now – and pretty fast – if we are to stand a chance of avoiding a pretty unpleasant future.

A big part of what has created this crisis is the extractive, predatory, neo-liberal, me-me-me, consumerist and money-oriented paradigm we’ve been living in.  I don’t want to be a part of it any more.

Pollyanna or Cassandra?

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Pollyanna:  a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.  That’s been me my whole life. To the extent that others have often told me I’m naïve, over-trusting, or ‘don’t live in the real world’.

61 years later, I now find myself morphing into a Cassandra.  Based on the ancient Greek myth, Cassandra was gifted and cursed by the God Apollo.  The gifts were foresight and prophecy.  The curse was that nobody believed her.  Her valid alarms were ignored and disbelieved.

I’m talking about the climate and ecological crisis.

Since early June this year I have woken up to the emergency, and become what Professor Jem Bendell calls “collapse aware”.  I have read countless books, and scientific papers.  I have watched 100’s of videos.  I have participated in many webinars and zoom calls with the Deep Adaptation community around the world.   I have joined many forums, and subscribed to many newsletters.

After my four days with Jem in July, I came back home fired up with a deep and profound ‘calling’ to take some action.