Learning

Below find a list of activities and session modules focused on learning.  Some of these appear in the seven-session curriculum; others can be used once your group has finished it.

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The Story of Change

Posted August 9, 2012

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You Are Here: The Oil Journey, by Post Carbon Institute

Posted January 4, 2012

Changes in the landscape of energy may well trigger a whole new journey for humanity. The legendary actor and narrator Peter Coyote tells the story of our oil journey.
Chris Martenson’s Crash Course

Posted November 9, 2011

The Crash Course is an excellent resource which will provide you with a baseline understanding of the economy so that you can better appreciate the risks that we all face. Videos are broken into chapters; watch the 45-minute Intro with your Circle, and consider meeting to watch the rest together. Click here for the Crash Course: http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse Be […]
A Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornados? Never.

Posted June 9, 2011

Check out and share this video mash-up of Bill McKibben’s Washington Post op-ed connecting extreme weather events around the globe. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related items: What if Climate Change is a Big Hoax? Session 3: Richard Heinberg, “The End of Cheap and Easy Oil” and Bill McKibben, “What is Climate Change?” Global Temperature Change […]
Video: We’re Not Broke, Just Twisted

Posted June 1, 2011

Extreme Wealth Inequality in America Via inequality.org Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related items: Video: The Spirit Level – Income Inequality & Social Justice Video: If the Federal Budget Were Oreos… by Ben Cohen Video: Smart Security, Not War Video: Go Figure – What Would It Cost to Save the World? Video: What’s the Economy For, […]
Homework for Sessions 1 and 2: Economic Meltdown Funnies (Optional)

Posted May 30, 2011

Download a copy of the PDF Economic Meltdown Funnies here. To inquire about print copies, contact us. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related items: Homework for Session 3: Potluck and Recipe Sharing (Optional) Homework for Session 2: Inside Job (Optional) Homework for Session 2: The Story of Stuff (Optional) Session 1: Causes of the Economic Meltdown […]
Homework for Session 2: Inside Job (Optional)

Posted May 28, 2011

The movie “Inside Job” tells the story of the Wall Street meltdown of 2008.
Homework for Session 2: The Story of Stuff (Optional)

Posted May 27, 2011

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.
Homework for Session 3: Toward a Vision of Security, by Linda Schmoldt

Posted May 26, 2011

You get up in the morning to a house that is appropriately warm or cool. You can turn on the heat o air conditioning because you know you can afford it and that the earth can afford it since it is powered by a renewable source of energy.
Make > Shift: From Finding a Job to Crafting a Livelihood

Posted May 25, 2011

Make > Shift is a collaborative learning process that shifts attention at this time of job scarcity to the abundance of possibilities for meaningful work that can generate both income and community benefits.  Meeting seven times over a four-month period, participants brainstorm ideas for products and services stemming from current demographic and market trends – such […]
Action Ideas: Budgeting & Debt Reduction

Posted May 20, 2011

Resilience Circles can be a place where we support one another to get our personal financial situations in better shape. Below are some of the activities that clubs have done to support one another. 1. Assess Your Debt Take inventory of your debt.  Is your debt a serious issue?  Take this confidential Debtor’s Anonymous quiz […]
Homework for Session 5: Crash Course in Resilience, by Sarah Van Gelder (Optional)

Posted May 16, 2011

From YES! Magazine, Fall 2010 We can strengthen our communities and ourselves to prepare for the uncertain world of failing economies, climate change, and oil depletion. To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. —Wendell Berry When we are no longer able to change a […]
Homework for Session 6: No More Band-Aid Solutions to the Financial Crisis: We Need to Build an Economy that Works, by David Korten

Posted May 14, 2011

Excerpt from Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, 2nd Edition, 2010 Treat the System, Not the Symptom As a student in business school, I learned a basic rule of effective problem solving that has shaped much of my professional life. Our professors constantly admonished us to “look at the big […]
Homework for Session 6: Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, by Juliet Schor

Posted May 12, 2011

“Plenitude is about transition.  Change doesn’t happen overnight.  Creating a sustainable economy will take decades, and this is a strategy for prospering during that shift.  The beauty of the approach is that it is available right now.” – Juliet Schor I. THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES WE FACE Juliet Schor argues in her book Plenitude that a […]
Video: Smart Security, Not War

Posted May 11, 2011

This video describes out of control military spending that gobbles up most of our tax revenues and fails to create jobs or real security.
From Field to Skyscraper: Tomorrow’s Farms

Posted May 5, 2011

Imagine a world in which we could grow our food by sustainable methods, produce and distribute enough for everyone, and repair the heavy ecological damage inflicted by today’s farms. Can we realize this vision if we continue farming as we have for the past 10,000 years? Dr. Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm (http://www.verticalfarm.com/), […]
Petroleum-Based Products: A Partial List

Posted April 13, 2011

plastic forks, plastic wrap, plastics, plywood adhesives, refrigerators, roller-skate wheels, ...
Global Temperature Change Graphic

Posted April 12, 2011

Graph of global annual surface temperatures relative to 1951-1980 mean temperature. Air and ocean data from weather stations, ships and satellites. The 2007 point is the 11-month anomaly. NASA GISS Image. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related items: What if Climate Change is a Big Hoax? Session 3: Ecological Change and Our Economic Security Watching “Inside Job” […]
Video: Transition to a World Without Oil, a TED Talk with Rob Hopkins

Posted April 12, 2011

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What if Climate Change is a Big Hoax?

Posted April 12, 2011

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Video: The Spirit Level – Income Inequality & Social Justice

Posted April 12, 2011

The correlation between income inequality and social problems in the 23 richest nations on earth is portrayed in this video. Studies show that the richest nation in the world, the United States, has the widest range of income inequality and ranks highest in social problems. What has happened to our declaration that “all (men) are […]
Videos: Peak Moment TV

Posted April 12, 2011

Peak Moment Television online offers a wealth of examples of real action in community.
Cookbook: Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley

Posted April 12, 2011

A great cookbook for eating cheap and healthy in hard times
Small Group Guides: Northwest Earth Institute

Posted April 12, 2011

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) is a national leader in the development of innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to transform culture toward a sustainable and enriching future.  Today, NWEI offers nine discussion guides for small groups. NWEI’s self-guided discussion courses are suitable for workplaces, universities, homes, faith centers, neighborhoods, and community centers.  NWEI […]
Video: Go Figure – What Would It Cost to Save the World?

Posted April 12, 2011

Instead of investing in other global priorities, we've spent $1.6 trillion on the military.
Video: What’s the Economy For, Anyway?

Posted April 12, 2011

Ecological economist Dave Batker questions whether GDP is an adequate measure of society's well-being and suggests workable alternatives.
Thoughts on Debt, by David Graeber

Posted April 12, 2011

For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors
Videos: TED Talks, Conversations, and More

Posted April 12, 2011

Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.
Video: If the Federal Budget Were Oreos… by Ben Cohen

Posted April 12, 2011

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream presents this delicious take on US spending with the fine folks of True Majority. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related items: Video: Peak Oil, Visually Explained
Video: Peak Oil, Visually Explained

Posted April 12, 2011

A Quick 3 minute video visually explaining Peak Oil, what oil is used for, and what the future may hold with regards to Peak Oil. This is the culmination of a year-long thesis project looking at how Graphic Design can help communicate a complex topic such as Peak Oil. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet
Blog: Chris Martenson, Crash Course

Posted April 10, 2011

Since 2003, Chris has been calling for a dollar decline, a credit bubble burst, and exhorting everyone to protect a portion of their wealth by principally investing in gold and silver as well as other tangible forms of wealth.
Organization: On the Commons

Posted April 10, 2011

The organization, On the Commons (www.onthecommons.org) is a terrific resource of educational tools, articles, books and information about the commons.
Workbook: Your Money or Your Life

Posted April 10, 2011

The book was published by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez in the early 1990s, and has been used widely as a tool to teach people how to put their financial life in the service of their true values.
Book: Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Posted April 10, 2011

It provides a very comprehensive view of ecological change and its meaning for our communities.
Book: Money and Faith: The Search for Enough

Posted April 10, 2011

Terrific resource -- Money and Faith: The Search for Enough, edited and compiled by Michael Schut (available from Moorehouse Publishing, 2008).
Book: Agenda for a New Economy

Posted April 10, 2011

Read Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, by David Korten, (Second Edition, Berrett Koehler, 2010).
Watching “Inside Job” with Neighbors: Preparing for Change

Posted April 7, 2011

What’s your vision for the new economy? What are you doing to turn it into a reality? Get the conversation started with an “Inside Job” screening with friends and neighbors - you'll be able to stream the movie online as of Friday, April 7.
May 13 – Free Community Film Screening in DC: “Crossing the American Crisis”

Posted March 31, 2011

Come to the DC premier screening of this film which - in the spirit of Wisconsin - takes us across the U.S. amidst the economic collapse to find people's grassroots solutions.
Session 1: The Phantom Economy

Posted March 26, 2011

Part 2: The Phantom Economy Our economy is going through a fundamental transition.   We had economic growth based on borrowing.  That is over.  Over the last couple decades, the fastest growing part of the economy was “finance” (banks, lending, investments).  According to experts, fantastic amounts of wealth were created.  But how much of this was […]
Session 6: The Emerging New Economy – Summaries of Korten and Schor

Posted March 26, 2011

ATTACHMENT 6-2 Read Aloud Living In A New Economy   From David Korten, Agenda for a New Economy We do, in fact, have the means to create an economy that fulfills six criteria of economic health.  Such an economy would: 1. Provide everyone with the opportunity for a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life. 2. Bring […]
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