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Facilitator: Curtis Ogden
Everything is energy. This course is an experience of “energy system science”, a trans-disciplinary field that focuses our attention on the movement and exchange of energy as fundamental to creating and regenerating all systems of Life; whether we are talking about individuals, groups/communities, or larger systems such as education, food, health, economy, and so on.
Participants will explore four core pillars of energy system science and related frameworks, tools and practices to “dance with systems” (Donella Meadows) in the direction of the more beautiful world we know is possible and necessary.
Event time: Tue 17th Oct 2023 at 4:00pm - Tue 17th Oct 2023 at 6:00pm
-Lisa M Fernandes, Food Solutions New England former Communications Director
– Jr Neville Songwe, Professor of Industrial Design + Design Researcher + Author
– Maria Estrada, Ph.D., Metropolitan Group
– Rev. Derrick McQueen, Pastor St. James Presbyterian Church Harlem NYC
– Ross Hall, Jacobs Foundation and The Weaving Lab
Everything is energy. Energy systems science uses the ancient observation that all living systems are “flow-networks”. Organisms and super-organisms whose existence arises from and depends on the circulation of energy, including resources, money, human capacities, information and so on, throughout the entirety of their being.
Your body, for example, might be considered an integrated network of cells kept healthy by the circulation of water and nutrients; ecosystems as networks of plants and animals connected by flows of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen; societies are interlinked networks of people, businesses, communities, and governments that depend on the circulation of money, information, resources and products.
Where most people associate the term energy with various forms of fuel, or more mystical notions of vital forces, here is refers to any kind of flow that is critical to the system under consideration.
Growing numbers of people are aware of these energetic patterns and movements. What they may lack is a framework, language, and aligned practices to effectively engage the world within and around them. In this course, we will explore four pillars of energy system science that can help social change agents, artists, healers and weavers of all kinds see and work with/in systems in ways that might support their regenerative and salutogenic potential.
This will be an interactive experience that invites participants to also share their own experiences and practices that nurture vitality within, between and around them.
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Curtis Ogden is a Senior Associate with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), where he has been for 18 years. Prior to his work at IISC, he ran a fellowship for new public school founders around the US, started an experiential education and community service program for adolescents in upstate New York (US), and worked in local community development and education in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Much of Curtis’ work at IISC entails consulting with multi-interestholder networks, organizations, teams and individual change agents to strengthen and transform food, public health, education, and economic systems at local, state, regional, and national levels. Some of his current and past clients include: Food Solutions New England; Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network; Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Network; National Parent Leadership Institute; Partnership for the Future of Learning; and Cancer Free Economy Network.
Curtis writes regularly about social change on IISC’s blog. In addition to his work at IISC, he is on the advisory board of EmbraceRace and Beautiful Ventures, is a fellow with the Netweaver Network, and is a member of the Research Alliance for Regenerative Economics (RARE) based now at the Planetary Health Lab at Edinburgh University. He lives in western Massachusetts (US) with his wife, three teenage daughters, ten laying hens and a lionhead rabbit. Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan and has degrees from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Harvard Divinity School.Visit Tutor's Website