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The 2011 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition & Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership

  • 11/10/2011
  • 11/14/2011
  • Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire, Michigan


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The 2011 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition & Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership
A conference bringing together visionaries, activists, and leaders as a gathering of equals to explore together visions for the future in areas of sustainability, peak oil, climate change, economics, politics, renewable energy, food security, transition towns, bioregionalism, permaculture, compassionate living and culture change.

Participants will create a clear vision for a positive, realistic future; study the current situation of energy, economy and environment; examine trends, projections and scenarios for the future; and plan together for what to do next, both individually and collectively.

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Some of the participants will include:

Dr. Steve Keen received the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Review in 2010 for being the economist who most cogently warned of the economic crisis, and whose work is most likely to prevent future crises.  He is Associate Professor of Economics & Finance at the University of Western Sydney and author of  "Debunking Economics" (2011).

Ms. Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh) is senior editor for The Automatic Earth and former editor of The Oil Drum - Canada.  Foss is an expert speaker on peak oil, economic instability and personal preparation.  Foss has delivered her Century of Challenges talk hundreds of times and in twelve countries.  Foss has presented at conferences on peak oil, biodiversity, and economics.

Mr. Albert Bates is author of The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change and many other books..  A former environmental rights lawyer, Bates is a director of The Farm, an intentional community in Tennessee;  co-founder of the Global Ecovillage Network and delegate to the UN climate talks; and teaches permaculture, ecovillage design and natural building.

Mr. Timothy Scott Bennett is writer and director of What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, a documentary featuring Daniel Quinn that explores peak oil, climate change, biodiversity loss and cultural transition. He just published the novel All of The Above (2011), which explores the process of stepping into a new paradigm.

Ms. Sally Erickson is producer of What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire.  She is a psychotherapist, trainer, and facilitator of 25 years. Erickson is one of the founding members of Blue Heron Farm, an intentional community in North Carolina. She is married to Tim Bennett and lives in a small town on the coast of Maine.

Dr. Guy McPherson is author of Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey (2011) which details his personal transformation after learning the details of peak oil and climate change.  McPherson is Professor Emeritus at University of Arizona and also authored five books including Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century (2008)

Mr. Jan Lundberg is an international speaker, writer and author of Songs of Petroleum (2011). Lundberg is known for running Lundberg Survey, "the bible of the oil industry", which in 1979 predicted the Second Oil Shock.  After 14 years there, Lundberg left for-profit work to found Fossil Fuels Policy Action, which became the Sustainable Energy Institute, now Culture Change.

Mr. Kurt Cobb is author of Prelude: The Arrival of Peak Oil and a columnist for the Paris-based science news site Scitizen. His work is featured in Energy Bulletin, The Oil Drum, 321energy, Common Dreams and EV World.  Cobb serves on the board of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and GasundefinedUSA and the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.

Mr. Aaron Wissner is a teacher, writer and speaker specializing peak oil, climate change, money and debt, and cultural transition.  Wissner has organized five major conferences bringing in hundreds of speakers and thousands of participants.  A featured article on Wissner was published on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in 2007.

And recently confirmed:

  • Tom Greco, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization
  • Kevin Michael O'Connor (KMO), C-Realm Podcast
  • Gloria Flora, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, US Biochar Initiative
  • Tim Hudson & John Richter, Institute for Sustainable Energy Education
  • Henry Warwick, professor, Ryerson University
  • Gregory Greene, The End of Suburbia, Escape from Suburbia
  • Nathan Ayers, educator on permaculture design, Transition Ann Arbor
  • John Barrie, Appropriate Technology Collaborative
  • Tom Brandstetter, Transition Milwaukee
  • Peter Sinclair, Climate Denial Crock of the Week
  • Tom Stanton, National Regulatory Research Institute
  • Stephen DeGoosh, professor NMU, Transition Marquette
  • Jennifer Alverado, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
  • Brad & Amanda Kik, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design
  • Christina Snyder, adjunct professor, Certified Passive House Consultant
  • John Sarver, Green Energy Jobs Michigan
  • Michael Brownlee, Transition Colorado
This is the fourth annual conference for Local Future, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit educational organization.


Regular registration rate:  $400

Early registration rate:  $200  (Ends Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.)

Save $200 by over the regular registration rate by registering now.

Registration features:

  • Full access for all five days of the conference, including:

    • general sessions

    • breakout sessions

    • workshops

    • trainings

    • exhibits

    • pre-conference

    • post-conference

  • 100% refundable through October 31, 2011.

If you are interested in joining this gathering, you are invited to register using either the MGT or conference on-line registration.

Further Information

For additional information, visit the conference website.

To keep up to date on conference news, join the Local Future page on Facebook.

For questions, email:  organizer@localfuture.org

Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals seeking discounted registration. To request information, email discountrequest@localfuture.org

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