Sunday, November 16, 2014

Call for Proposals - Women in Sustainability Handbook

This call for proposals just out from Marna Hauk, Ph.D. and Denise Mitten, Ph.D.

Women in Sustainability are like a stellar nursery, such as the Carina Nebula. Within the emergent processes of the living universe and the generosity of the planetary unfolding, women in sustainability are interweaving ecology, equity, culture, and economics into deep, ancient, innovative, and generative forms and processes for planetary liberation. We are molten, pushing out the borders and bounds of the fields of sustainability in relational connectivity and inclusion. We are pragmatic, grounded, and embodying action. 

We seek an admixture of insight, research, clarity, story-telling, art, and inspiration from women in the fields, practice, or transdiscipline of sustainability. We want to learn from eco-artist mavericks, women in sustainable science, women in collective endeavor; current day success stories; intersectional sustainabilities and sustainable solidarities; ecofeminist, matrixial, and material feminist sustainabilities; journeys into ancient, generative mother-cultures; group-authored visionaries breathing into the labor pains of the current era; love notes to the future. Articles, poems and brief writings, and a “recipes of sustainability” section including self-sustaining as well as mothering sustainable cultures. 

Send your 1-3 page chapter proposal with brief bio and CV by February 1, 2015
Email your chapter proposals or drafts to
womeninsustainability at gmail -dot- com by May 1, 2015
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Climate Change Action - Catalyzing Community Engagement: We Can with the WE-CAN Program

Inspired by the idea that our communities are already well-resourced with brilliance, determination, and creativity, the Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies is innovating a certificate program to catalyze community-based climate resilience. The first cohort, targeted for a Fall 2015 start, will bring together a dozen women, including queer women, in an activist, experiential learning cohort to engage in mentored projects for climate change, climate action, and climate justice. The program is envisioned as a cross-collaboration of arts-based activists, ecopreneurs, and permaculture - regenerative designers. 

The program in Women Empowering Climate Action Network (or WE-CAN) will feature research-based and culturally responsive vibrant practices for learning and collaboration, including regenerative creativity inspired by biomimicry and fractal patterns from nature and bioculture as well as sustainability education, complex living systems, and ecoliteracy combined with approaches for environmental justice. Cohort members will also study and practice agile project management and collaborative leadership. The project hopes to nurture each learner with a project mentor, internships, and accelerator-style resources and micro-investments in project start-up. The Pacific Northwest women's community will be an amazing hothouse of support and social incubation for these practical visionaries.

We are currently soliciting project mentors, potential partners, internship sites, investors, and supporters, as well as prospective cohort participants. This program has already been honored with a training fellowship in community climate change action from the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, EE Capacity, the North American Association of Environmental Education, and the EPA.

The Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies is a learning organization for Gaian thriving at the intersection of creativity, ecological restoration, and the living wisdom traditions in the Pacific Cascadia bioregion. The living Earth system is our first teacher.

We look forward to collaborating with you to bring this and other amazing projects to life here in the heart of Cascadia.