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November 2016

Toward Ecological Civilization panel at AAR Annual Meeting in San Antonio

November 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alamo B (2nd Level) Marriott Riverwalk, 889 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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We take seriously former AAR President Laurie Zoloth’s call for the association to seriously consider its activities and professional development. In a dialogue facilitated by EcoCiv President Philip Clayton, this event will explore the roles of professional academic organizations and scholars of religion in analyzing what the minimal conditions for a sustainable mode of civilized human existence are on this planet. This conversation will attempt to display the work being done currently around the world and the concrete, practical steps…

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February 2017

Process-Relational Thinking Toward Ecological Civilization

February 13 @ 9:00 am - February 16 @ 12:00 pm

Our world is in peril. The practices and worldviews of modern civilization have led us to the brink of civilizational collapse. What hope can there be in the midst of such crisis? For many, it is the vision of an ecological civilization. This vision has gained prominence in China, where the search for a post-modern way of sustainable living has brought many in conversation with the Constructive Postmodern Organic Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. This course is an intensive introduction…

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Common Good Film Festival 2017

February 17 @ 10:00 am - February 20 @ 10:00 pm
Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Four days of films and discussions that elicit common sense, common decency, and the common good, while celebrating the wisdom of Alfred North Whitehead. With ten films meant to inform, inspire, and amuse, the Common Good Film Festival celebrates the work of filmmakers that tell the stories of those dedicated to the benefit of humanity. For details about the event and how to attend, please click here.

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April 2017

Claremont Energy Vision

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shanahan Center at Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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You are cordially invited to Claremont Energy Vision—a convening sponsored jointly by Toward Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv), Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP, Inc.), the Hixon Center at Harvey Mudd College, and the Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College. Together, we will explore the city-wide strategy that Claremont is currently deploying to drive its energy use toward net zero. We will focus on an upcoming project, Claremont Locally Grown Power, which proposes to create a local non-profit solar manufacturing facility to…

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The 11th International Forum on Ecological Civilization

April 28 @ 8:30 am - April 29 @ 6:30 pm
Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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It is no secret that both China and the world are facing many disturbing problems today. We are heading toward the ecological catastrophes. Finding an alternative to the current form of modernization has become an urgent issue. What is the root causes of the current crisis? What are the philosophical, political, economic, and cultural foundations of this crisis? How do we step out of this predicament and avoid the destruction of the earth? Are there alternatives to modern Western civilization…

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May 2017

Permaculture in an Urban Context

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pomona College, Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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What is Permaculture? Maybe you've heard the word, but were never quite sure what it meant or how it relates to the topic of sustainability. If so, please join Sustainable Claremont as we welcome guest lecturer, Larry Santoyo, a Permaculture Design teacher and practitioner for the last 28 years. He has taught environmental design at colleges and universities nationwide, including UC Berkeley, and is the Senior Designer at one of the largest Permaculture companies in the world. This event is…

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Higher Education and Institutional Divestment

May 18

This convening will bring together institutions that have already reached the decision to divest, board members of colleges and universities interested in exploring the process, and other leaders who work in roles that help achieve these goals, such as endowment networks and facilitating student participation in leading ecological movements. When business executives, grassroots organizers, scholars, and community leaders brainstorm together, they discover ways to build productive partnerships, find common cause, and begin to develop concrete plans that coordinate across the…

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June 2017

Where’s It All Heading?

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pomona College, Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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In 2015 long-time Claremont resident Prof. John Cobb organized a 1500-person conference entitled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization.” Those meetings spawned EcoCiv.org, which supports projects that chart the way toward a genuinely sustainable civilization. The EcoCiv president, Prof. Philip Clayton, will summarize initiatives, nationally and internationally, that are now bringing to light what an ecological society will look like. From Ecovillages to food justice to national policy changes to the environmental movement in China ― put together, they…

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August 2017

Towards a Contemplative Commons

August 14 @ 11:30 am - August 15 @ 5:30 pm
IASS, Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam, Berliner Straße 130
Potsdam, Brandenburg 14467 Germany
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Post-capitalism has become the subject of much recent debate, spurred by publications from Jeremy Rifkin (2015), Paul Mason (2016), J. K. Gibson-Graham (2006), Left Accelerationists like Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams (2015), and members of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Degrowth communities. Though there is no uniform agreement among its proponents, post-capitalism seems generally characterized by a reemergence of the commons. Realizing a successful transition to a post-capitalist, commons-based political economy will not only depend on the capacity for new technologies and…

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November 2017

Green Transition: Toward Ecological Civilization in Korea

November 7 @ 8:00 am - November 9 @ 12:00 pm

This fall, key leaders from Korea will gather in Claremont to collaborate with US leaders around the shared vision of an ecological civilization, and the steps needed to initiate the transition on a global scale. Participants represent leaders in national and local government, NGOs, universities, journalism, and religions. Each participant and key speaker brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and achievements, critical to ushering in a new ecological paradigm. Inspired and guided by the work of John B. Cobb, Jr. whose vision was at the heart of the 2015 Claremont conference “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” we will examine big ideas toward a new paradigm for the future and how this vision is already being actualized by scholars, activists, governments, and politicians, in Korea and beyond.

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