This event and website are under continuous development, see above for last update.Posted: 2013-01-12 Begin 2013 updates, expanded dates & content3-13 Bio updates, 4-2 Draft schedule, presentations4-26 Firm schedule with conversationsSustainable Life Skills Fri, May17th -Weds 22ndimmediately preceding
The Age of LimitsThursday May 23rd thru Monday May 27th, 2013Dedicated to the pioneering work of Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers & Dennis Meadowsand their epochal 1972 report "The Limits to Growth."
Conversations on the Collapse of The Global Industrial Model
Memorial Day Weekend at Four Quarters
The original “Limits to Growth Report” (1972 Meadows et al) did not include a time line for the global growth scenarios it examined. With the addition of statistical data for the following 40 years it is now possible “to fit to the curve” and make rough predictions based on observed resource production and consumption patterns, overlaid upon continued population growth.
For 50 years serious thinkers have questioned the assumptions of our global industrial culture and its prospects over the longer term. In recent decades they have succeeded in bringing at least some of the core science into popular discussion, notably petroleum depletion and especially climate change. Through these years proposals have been made outlining the governmental policies that would be necessary to begin “solving” these problems. Sadly, we can now see through the course of events, or rather non-events, that the window of opportunity is closing, if not already closed. We are now confronted not by a problem, but by a predicament; one which has no solution, but only adaptations and mitigation's.Environmental Degradation and Resource Depletion.Global Population Growth and Demographics.Rentier Debt and Growth Based Finance. Global Climate Change.A world now reaching The Limits of Growth on a Finite Earth.
·In-Depth Conversations With:John Michael Greer: Scholar and author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, and The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered. Carolyn Baker Ph.D.: Professor of history and psychology, psychotherapist and author of Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition and Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse. Dmitry Orlov: Essayist, wry social commentator and author of the acclaimed Reinventing Collapse – The Soviet Experience and American Prospects. Gail Tverberg: Professional Actuary and Mathematician, global limits analyst and writer.
Guy McPherson: Professor emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, social critic and writer on the emerging climate catastrophe. His book “Walking Away from Empire” chronicles his journey from privileged academic to rural permaculturalist.Albert Bates: is an influential figure in the intentional community and ecovillage movements. A lawyer, author and teacher, he has been director of the Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee since 1994....and more being confirmed.
The Age of Limits directly addresses our developing understanding of the core issues relating to the emerging decline of the western industrialized model and the practical adaptations and preparations that apply on the personal, family and local levels.Our science understands that business as usual cannot continue, that the degree of catastrophe from Climate Change is simply unknowable in its scope and that global population die-off is a real possibility within the lifetimes of our young people. We want to present this information in a level, thoughtful and non-hysterical manner; as the situation is so dire that it needs no amplification, but rather, compassion.So this is not intended to be a conference in the usual sense of presentations to a passive audience. We will instead foster “Weekend Community” through the creation of physical spaces that encourage attendees meeting and exchanging with each other and with our presenters... in a very natural and beautiful setting. In addition to two full days of presentations and workshops, there will be low-key Appalachian string music in our community spaces featuring a finger foods social meet and greet Thurday evening, a discussion in the round Friday evening, a moving exploration of grief Saturday evening and an old style barn dance Sunday evening. And we will be offering community meal plans through our “Starvin’ Artist Kitchen.”It is not all Doom and Gloom!
The Age of LimitsMay 23rd thru May 27th • Memorial Day Weekend
··· Four Quarters Members Pre-Registrations begin at $95, by May 11th··· Pre-Registrations begin at $110, by May 18th.··· Late Registrations on arrival $125,for the full four nights and three full days of presentations.··· Friday, Saturday and Sunday day registrations, $55/day.··· Register Online or by calling our office at 814-784-3080··· Meal plans are available through our camp kitchen, "The Starvin' Artist,"created with our own meats & produce or that of our neighboring farms.Approximately $10.50 a meal, pre registration required. Call for more info.... Combined Sustainable Life Skills & Age of Limits registration, $470. See the Life Skills page for information.For more information call or write our offices at814-784-3080,
or visit us at AgeofLimits.org and 4QF.orgThe Age of Limits is organized by Four Quarters InterFaith, the Mid-Atlantics’ nonprofit center supporting nature based spirituality and sustainable living techniques. Located just 100 miles from the DC metro area, our center is off-grid and we provide our campers with advanced flush toilet, hot shower and drinking water systems. Your registration includes attendance at all presentations and social events, camping, swimming, hot showers, toilet and potable water. Fire Ring and Car Camping passes are available.We have a limited number of bunkbed berths in our dormitory.Private rooms in nearby B+B’s are available. Call us for suggestions.
Age of Limits Home PageSustainable Life Skills Home Page The Conversation I Would Like to Haveby Orren WhiddonA Needed Conversationby John Michael GreerCommunity GroundedIn Griefby Carolyn BakerOnly Love Remainsby Guy McPhersonOf Comfort and Despairby Albert BatesAn Introduction to Collapseby Orren WhiddonLimits to Growth (Synopsis)The 30 Year Updateby Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers& Dennis Meadows··· 350kb PDF
Our Presenters for The Age of Limits 2013Biographies and Presentations2013 Full Schedule of EventsHandy single sheet PDF download Updated often2012 Schedule of Eventsfor reference2012 Event RetrospectiveAnd moving forward in 2013
Registration, Camping & FAQOur Comments Page, Questions AnsweredAbout Four QuartersA Google Map to Four QuartersCamp PoliciesA Tour of the GroundsThe Dance PavilionA place for conversations
We Can Use Your HelpAge of Limits Flyer1mg PDFSustainable Life Skills Flyer 1 meg PDFOur Meetup Page Volunteering & PlanningJoin the Conversation
Reports from Post Carbon InstituteWith our thanks for their very important work.Beyond the Limits to GrowthBy Richard Heinberg 1.2mg PDFPeak Oil and the Great Recession By Tom Whipple· 1.3mg PDFNet Energy Limits and The Fate of Industrial SocietyBy Richard Heinberg· 2.5mg PDFPopulation: The Multiplierof Everything ElseBy William N. Ryerson· 1.5mg PDF
Collapse of Complex Societieswith Dr. Joseph TainterUTube video series
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