May 17-19, 2018
Faculty: Martin Kirk, Richard Heinberg, Matthew Derr
“Where’s the world heading?” “How should we live?” “What work should we do?” “How can we resource ourselves and each other?”
In December 2017, Sterling College hosted a two-day symposium sparked by the posthumous publication of Dr. David Fleming’s extraordinary books, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive it, and its sister publication, Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy.
Building on the success of that event, we now invite you to join Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg (a friend of Fleming’s), The Rules co-founder Martin Kirk and Sterling College President Matthew Derr for a three-day course exploring what ‘lives well-lived’ look like in this time of transition.
Fleming’s work highlights that “most of human history was bred, fed and watered by another sort of economy. But the market has replaced, as far as possible, the social capital of reciprocal obligation, loyalties, culture and traditions with exchange, price and the impersonal principles of economics”
As the market economy continues to crumble under the weight of its own impossible need for perpetual growth, we should admit that for all its destructiveness, we will miss its essential simplicity, the comforts it delivers to many and the freedoms it underwrites. And as capitalism’s former largesse continues to shrink away, that future is becoming daily reality for ever more of us.
Such a time brings fear and uncertainty, but also great possibility. The forces that have cocooned us are failing, but these are also the forces that constrained us. This is a time of loss and freedom, if we can minimize our dependence on the market and find sustenance with deeper roots.
Now is the time to repair or replace the atrophied social and ecological structures on which most human cultures were built, as the basis for a nourishing, cohesive society that might survive the turbulent times to come. This is the story of our times, and living it imbues our days with meaning.
Come if you are interested in:
- Talking about the future of society without needing to know economics or math!
- Discussing what ‘life well lived’ looks like in today’s world
- Getting real about the practicalities of living meaningful lives in our present society
- The importance of music, culture, love, humor and play
- Telling an alternative story to our growth-based market economy
- Questions around resistance vs. building alternatives
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this class. In order to take full advantage of this course students should be familiar with the works of David Fleming, Richard Heinberg and Martin Kirk.
Tuition & Fees: The suggested price for the class is $95 which covers the cost of the class, course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing. This grant-funded educational opportunity is based on a sliding fee, if you would like financial assistance please let us know and we will be happy to work with you.
Lunch will be available daily from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
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Martin Kirk is co-Founder and Director of Strategy for /The Rules, a global collective of writers, thinkers, coders, farmers, artists and activists of all types dedicated to challenging the root causes of global poverty and inequality. He is passionate about bringing insights from the cognitive sciences, memetics, and systems theory to bear on issues of public understanding of complex global challenges. Prior to /TR Martin was the Head of Campaigns at Oxfam UK, and Head of Global Advocacy for Save the Children. He has written extensively on issues of poverty, inequality and climate change, including in The Independent, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, FastCompany, Foreign Policy in Focus and The Journal of Ethics and International Affairs.
Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis. He is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Yes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Resilience.org, TheOilDrum.com, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.
Richard has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from local City Councils to members of the European Parliament. He has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print (including for Reuters, the Associated Press, and Time Magazine), television (including Good Morning America, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Al-Jazeera, and C-SPAN), and radio (including NPR, WABC, and Air America).
Richard has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour. He is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, and in 2012 was appointed to His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm initiative.
Richard’s animations Don’t Worry, Drive On, Who Killed Economic Growth? and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds (winner of a YouTubes’s/DoGooder Video of the Year Award) have been viewed by nearly two million people.
President Matthew Derr is a nationally recognized in higher education for his expertise in leading institutional change and for strengthening mission-based focus. In 2011, He was awarded a Council for Advancement and Support of Education Chief Executive of the Year Award. Derr led the effort to divest the Sterling endowment from fossil fuels, founded the Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and recently launched an effort with The Berry Center to expand the reach of farmer education. Prior to Sterling, President Derr served as Interim President of Antioch College, where, he developed a concept for a new curriculum focused on issues related to environmental stewardship, inspired by Sterling. Unusually for a college president, Derr also fulfills a role as a faculty member and teaches community organizing.