Continual University Series, Little Artshram,
and Transition Traverse City presents:
NICOLE FOSS: A Century of Challenges
Thursday, JANUARY 5th, 2012, 6-8 PM
Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Room
610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49684
Nicole Foss (a.k.a. “Stoneleigh” from The Automatic Earth) will share a timely talk on what is happening in our world and how it will play out globally, nationally and locally. Nicole is a world renowned financial analyst with expertise in financial bubbles. She has the ability to explain in very straightforward terms a complex system that affects us all regardless of our interest in economics. She will help us understand the big picture much more clearly as well as suggest ways that we can personally prepare ourselves and our community for continuing economic volatility and upheaval.
This gathering is ideal for anyone watching the economy, the financial markets, people who are confused about what to do with their money/investments (if they still have some!) and anyone who needs to understand the ramifications of a growth economy on the brink of something unprecedented.
More About Nicole:
Nicole M. Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth, where she writes under the name Stoneleigh. She and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was previously editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.
Foss runs the Agri-Energy Producers’ Association of Ontario, where she has focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.
Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, the common professional examination in law and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.
“I am a systems thinker. I work on integrating finance, energy, EROEI, resource limits, geopolitics, environment, pollution, climate, population, carrying capacity, path dependency, civil society, legal systems, complexity, ecological and socioeconomic cycles etc. The big picture is what matters in this era of limits to growth. The opposite of sustainable is terminal, and we’re the ‘lucky’ generation that will find out what that means in practice, and will have to navigate the transition to a different future.” ~Nicole Foss
Hosted by: Continual University
Sponsored by: Little Artshram, Transition Traverse City,
Where: Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere, Traverse City, MI 49686
When: Thursday, January 5th, 6-8 pm
ABOUT TRANSITION TRAVERSE CITY: The Transition Movement is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. Transition Town Traverse City (TTC) is a group formed in December 2009 to explore Transition Initiatives through book study and to take early steps. A Transition Initiative seeks to answer the question, “for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly rebuild resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and economic contraction) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?” Transition TC meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month in the basement of Horizon Books on Front Street.
ABOUT CONTINUAL UNIVERSITY SERIES: CU is a “new school” or “institution” which brings a series of monthly events, looking at issues that matter, and ideas we can keep growing with. The CU Series are designed as community gatherings, organized to provide time for consideration, re-connection and lively discussion on ways to live wisely and well. CU’s goal is to challenge, provoke and inspire folks to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and to provide a space for them to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals. CU does not corner folks by dogma, but allow for direction towards a variety of ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – including puppet theater – that tickle, exercise and expand minds, in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment. Little Artshram joins CU in discovering in on-going and fresh ways to build community and is pleased to co-sponsor another series in Traverse City.
ABOUT LITTLE ARTSHRAM: Little Artshram inspires and educates people of all ages to live creatively in harmony with nature, through a unique combination of permaculture principles, visual, musical and puppet artistry, service to the natural world, and inclusive social activism. Little Artshram is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Through Little Artshram’s outreach with the Continual University Presenter Series, the on-going Tc/NW MI Permaculture Design Project, our Urban Farming Collective which focuses on growing MORE Community Gardens; the Annual Earth Day Parade and workshops, we will reach thousands of people regionally over the next six months. We are committed to continuing to build a network of community-based gatherings and permaculture events where everyone (99% and 1%) is invited to get a grip and take the leap, by gaining necessary skills with creative solutions. On November 23rd, 2011, we celebrated our 18th year of service to Michigan families and communities through art, community gardening, and environmental education! We are very grateful and proud of the on-going support the North West Michigan region has shared with us in the past 10 years, and also in the Mid-Michigan, Greater Lansing area for eight years previously!
We ask folks to contribute to the “Continual Cause”
with a minimal suggested donation, welcoming more, AND, not refusing anyone because of a lack of money. ALL donations will be directed towards Nicole’s visit.
INFO about our Continual Note:
In keeping with the commitment and flow of our first CU presentation on Time-Banks and local economy, a suggested donation of $8 is asked, which CU will in turn provide a $10 Continual Note to each participant. The Continual Note can be used as a donation towards future programs in the series, or towards goods in our CU Shop, gathered and created by local artists. All proceeds raised will be used wisely towards funding continual, if not continuous gatherings. The Continual Note is an experiment we hope to pair with Bay Bucks, aimed at becoming an accepted means by which to continue the CU local gatherings and meeting of minds, bodies and souls, while contributing to a small, independent institution.