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Not Present

January 6th, 2011 by Dave Pollard

So it’s another year, and one year since I first read Ran Prieur’s warning that when you have, at last, the time and opportunity and freedom to do nothing, nothing is all you will want to do, and you may then remain depressed for a long time before you finally discover [...]

Will You and Your Community Survive Collapse?

January 4th, 2011 by Dave Pollard

What I came up with was a list of 65 abilities (diagrammed above) that tended to fall into five main types:
Knowledge: Acquired information that is essential context for understanding how the world works and how we might do things better.
Innate Capacities: Inherent abilities, aptitudes we’re born with (evolution has selected these qualities for survival for [...]

Does It Matter Who Is Perpetrating the Destruction of Our World, or Why?

December 15th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

[Keith Farnish thinks it's useful, perhaps even necessary, to get angry at the perpetrators of the destruction of our world. He believes it can shake us out of our lethargy and our sense of helplessness. I've never found anger particularly useful, since I usually end up feeling that the objects of [...]

Why We Do What We Do

December 2nd, 2010 by Dave Pollard

I was researching some of my old posts the other day and realized there is a synergy among three of them that I hadn’t recognized before. This article will attempt to pull them together to create a theory for why we do what we do.
The three articles are:
1. From last December, my [...]

Dave Gets Interviewed for a Podcast on Complexity and Transition

November 22nd, 2010 by Dave Pollard

A few days ago I was interviewed by Steve Patterson for his regular podcast program Two Beers With Steve, as we talked about complex systems, dependence on industrial civilization, transition, resilience and steady state economics. Steve is well-read and a terrific interviewer, and there are some great podcasts on his [...]

An Existential Approach to Bringing About Change

November 9th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

Donella (Dana) Meadows was famous for her twelve ways to intervene in a system, one of the most often cited works in the field of bringing about change. What is often forgotten is that she listed the twelve ways in reverse order, from least effective to most effective, and suggested that [...]

Lesson From a Wild Cat

November 8th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

Four years ago I wrote about my remarkable experience with PucPuc, the wild grouse who used to greet me every day when I ran laps in my back yard in Caledon, and even climbed up and perched on my shoulder when I sat down beside her. Many readers told me I should [...]

A Culture of Dependence

October 31st, 2010 by Dave Pollard

Before civilization culture, children were dependent on their parents for a period of about ten years, during which, following the model of most wild creatures, they spent most of their waking lives learning to be independent, through play.
So now let’s look at what happens to us in modern civilization culture:

We’re dependent [...]

Links and Tweets for the Month: October 15, 2010

October 15th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

The Revolution Will Not Be Blogged (or Tweeted): Sharon Astyk on our overuse of computers and the folly of technophile thinking:
[Citing Jared Diamond] “All of our current problems are unintended negative consequences of our existing technology. The rapid advances in technology during the 20th century have been creating [...]

What the World Needs Now

October 12th, 2010 by Dave Pollard

(This morning I received a message from my dear British friend Andrew Campbell, expressing frustration with a couple of people he looked up to, and riffing off the anti-expert, anti-’leader’ tone of my post yesterday on coping with complexity. Here is how I replied.)
Over the years I’ve met a lot of [...]