Wednesday 6th Dec, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm GMT
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Everything is energy. This interactive webinar is meant to provide participants with a taste 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 introduced to four core pillars of energy system science and a few 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.
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Curtis Ogden is a Senior Associate with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), where he has been for almost two decades. Much of Curtis’ work at IISC entails coaching and 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. He writes regularly about collaborative efforts for change on IISC’s blog and on NetworkWeaver.com. In addition to his work at IISC, Curtis is an advisor to Beautiful Ventures, a fellow with the Netweaver Network, and a member of the Research Alliance for Regenerative Economics (RARE), which is connected to the Planetary Health Lab at Edinburgh University. He lives on what are traditional Nonatuc lands 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.
-Lisa M Fernandes, Food Solutions New England former Communications Director
– Jr Neville Songwe, Professor of Industrial Design + Design Researcher + Author
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Every-thing 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, nutrients, human capacities, information and so on, throughout the entirety of their being. Where most people associate the term energy with various forms of fuel, or more mystical notions of vital forces, here it 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 and how crucial they are to health, vitality and regeneration. What they may lack is a framework, language, and aligned practices to effectively engage the world within and around them. In this webinar, we will introduce four pillars of energy system science that can help change agents, artists, healers and network weavers of all kinds see and work with/in systems in ways that might support their health-promoting potential.