Collaboration with the Post Carbon Institute

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In January 2021, What’s Next for Earth started a series of art calls inspired by the Think Resilience online course by the Post Carbon Institute.

The Post Carbon Institute’s Think Resilience course

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do? Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have a good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

Schedule for the Art Calls/Online Exhibitions

[Lesson 1: Introduction to the course]

CHAPTER 1: Our Converging Crises

2021 January: Lesson 2 – Energy
2021 February: Lesson 3 – Population and Consumption
2021 March: Lesson 4 – Depletion
2021 April: Lesson 5 – Pollution

CHAPTER 2: The Roots and Results of Our Crises

2021 May: Lesson 6 – Social Structure
2021 June: Lesson 7 – Belief Systems
2021 July – August: Lesson 8 – Biodiversity
2021 October: Lesson 9 – Collapse

CHAPTER 3: Making Change

November 1st, 2021 – January 15, 2022: Lesson 10- Thinking in Systems
January 15, 2022 – March 15, 2022: Lesson 11- Shifting Cultural Stories
March 15, 2022 – May 15, 2022: Lesson 12- Culture Change & Neuroscience

CHAPTER 4: Resilience Thinking

May 15, 2022 – July 15, 2022: Lesson 13- What is Resilience?
July 15, 2022 – September 15, 2022 Lesson 14- Community Resilience in the 21st Century
September 15, 2022 – November 15, 2022 – January 15, 2023: Lesson 15- Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience

CHAPTER 5: Economy and Society

January 2023  – March 2023: Lesson 16- How Globalization Undermines Resilience
March 2023 – May 2023: Lesson 17- Economic Relocalization
May 2023 – July 2023: Lesson 18- Social Justice
July 2023 – September 2023: Lesson 19- Education

CHAPTER 6: Basic Needs and Functions

September 2023 – November 2023: Lesson 20- Meeting Essential Community Needs
November 2023 – January 2024: Lesson 21- Resilience in Major Sectors
January 2024 – March 2024: Lesson 22- Review, Assessment & Action

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