Invitation to the Transcending Sustainability conference
by Lonnie Gamble.
Lonnie is curriculum director and founding faculty member in the Sustainable Living Program at Maharishi University of Management. He’s a member of the organizing team for the Transcending Sustainability conference in Fairfield, Iowa May 31 – June 3 2012.
From Lonnie’s fb page:
The Transcending Sustainability conference is a project of the New Academy for Sustainability. Sponsors include Centerpoint Financial, the St Mary’s/ Bonnell Project, the City of Fairfield Sustainability Office, The Sustainable Living Department at Maharishi University of Management, the Sustainable Living Coalition, and the kind generosity of many other institutions and individuals.
Why should you consider attending the Transcending Sustainability
Conference? Why should you invest $95 ($50 if you’re a student) and four days of your life in stimulating conversations with like-minded people in Fairfield, Iowa this summer?
In general, the Summer Institute will give you an opportunity to help take sustainability to the “next level” — including in your own professional and personal life. There are no “gurus” of sustainability; the movement emerged from concerns of people from all walks of life and is being driven forward by people from all walks of life. No one is more important or more essential to its success than is anyone else. The sustainability movement is the co-creation of an otherwise diverse, dispersed groups of like-minded people. Our ultimate success depends of everyone doing their part. Participating in the Summer Institute may well give you an opportunity to do your part in taking the movement to the “next level.”
Here are a few more specific reasons for attending the Summer Institute:
To gain a deeper and fuller understanding of “authentic” sustainability as distinct from sustainability initiatives of most corporations and public institutions
To finally cut through the confusion, intentional and unintentional, regarding definitions of sustainability
To understand and be able to explain the differences between economic, social, and ethical values and understand why social and ethical values are essential for sustainability.
To cultivate the art and science of thinking within a worldview of the economy as a part of society and society as a part of nature
To come to the realization that for those of us in the developed world the “economic problem” has been solved so now we can turn to the permanent problem of learning to live “wisely, agreeably, and well.
The setting for the summer institute will be our very own vibrant small town in the American Midwest: Fairfield, IA. Fairfield exemplifies progressive communities that are confronting the challenges of sustainability and realizing the opportunities beyond.
Here’s what Lonnie has to say about EcoFairfield: “This year’s ecofair looks better than ever, and will take place all over town rather than only at MUM. Congrats to all the student organizers.” Thank you! The Transcending Sustainability Conference looks rockin’ as well.
Like their fb page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transcending-Sustainability-Conference/166299076823206. RSVP to the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/366801820019439/.
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