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Group Facilitation on Societal Disruption and Collapse: Insights from Deep Adaptation

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Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), University of Cumbria, Charlotte Mason Building, Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BB, UK
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Deep Adaptation Forum, Create Centre, c/o The Schumacher Institute, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN, UK
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Academic Editors: Krista Bondy, Judith I.M. de Groot, Aurelie Charles and Emma Emanuelsson Patterson
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6280; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116280
Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 24 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 2 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue System-wide Disruption of Organisations for Sustainability)
This article synthesises the practice and rationale behind ways of facilitating gatherings on topics of societal disruption and collapse, which is argued to be useful for lessening damaging responses. The authors draw on first-person inquiry as facilitators of gatherings, both online and in person, in the post-sustainability field of ‘Deep Adaptation,’ particularly since 2018. This term describes an agenda and framework for people who believe in the probable, inevitable or unfolding collapse of industrial consumer societies, due to the direct and indirect impacts of human-caused climate change and environmental degradation. Some of the principles of Deep Adaptation facilitation are summarised, such as containment, to enable co-responsibility for a safe enough space for difficult conversations. Another key principle is welcoming radical uncertainty in response to the anxieties that people feel from their anticipation of collapse. A third principle is making space for difficult emotions, which are welcomed as a natural and ongoing response to our predicament. A fourth aspect is a curiosity about processes of othering and separation. This paper provides a review of the theories that a reason for environmental destruction is the process of othering people and nature as being less significant or meaningful. One particular modality called Deep Relating is outlined. View Full-Text
Keywords: facilitation; dialogue; Deep Adaptation; climate change; climate change adaptation; critical theory; authentic relating; Buddhism; collapse; post-sustainability facilitation; dialogue; Deep Adaptation; climate change; climate change adaptation; critical theory; authentic relating; Buddhism; collapse; post-sustainability
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Bendell, J.; Carr, K. Group Facilitation on Societal Disruption and Collapse: Insights from Deep Adaptation. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6280. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116280

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