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Feasta conference – The New Emergency – June 10th to June 12th 2009

 It is now just 2 weeks today until the opening of Feasta’s conference ‘The New Emergency – Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World”. It promises to be a stimulating and cutting edge conference, looking at how seemingly diverse interests like climate, energy, economics and food security interact. Speakers and other attendees will examine both the foundations of current problems and innovative ways of dealing with them

The detailed programme is below. To book a place visit or peruse speaker’s biographies in more detail, visit here.

TUESDAY JUNE 9th, 7:30pm, THE DAVENPORT HOTEL, MERRION SQUARE, DUBLIN 2 
Seizing the Mid-Collapse Moment
Public Lecture by Dmitry Orlov

Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse, will explore the question What is it that we are looking at here, and what can we do about it? He believes that here is not much hope for a global financial system and economy, nor should there be given the huge problems it is causing with the environment. If this is the case, then what people can do, in terms of coping with financial collapse, creating community resilience, and re-skilling for the new, local, self-reliant, highly manual age that is coming?

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10th, ALL HALLOWS COLLEGE, DRUMCONDRA, DUBLIN 9.
Theme – How today’s crises were created yesterday

Conference Opening
By Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan

Overview
Richard Douthwaite, the author of The Growth Illusion, will look at the problems created by the availability of cheap energy. He believes it shaped capitalism and our monetary systems, led manufacturers and farmers to adopt unsustainable technologies, and permitted a six-fold increase in the human population while creating a concentration of power and wealth in very few hands.

Challenges

Workshops 

Parallel breakaway sessions will explore the topics of Energy, Climate and Food in more detail, and will include additional presentations and roundtable discussions.

Communicating the Challenge

THURSDAY JUNE 11th, ALL HALLOWS COLLEGE, DRUMCONDRA, DUBLIN 9.
Theme – Managing the transition to sustainability today

Turbulence

Rescue Tools

Workshops

Parallel breakaway sessions will explore in more detail the topics of Currencies, Trade and Infrastructure, and will include additional presentations and roundtable discussions.

Communicating Transition

FRIDAY JUNE 12th, ALL HALLOWS COLLEGE, DRUMCONDRA, DUBLIN 9.
Theme – Building resilience for tomorrow

Planning for Descent

Building Resilience

Workshops

Parallel breakaway sessions will explore in more detail the topics of the Commons, Resources and Natural Carbon Cycles, and will include additional presentations and roundtable discussions.

Conference Summary

Roundtable discussion

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