Along with Energetic Communities, Food Connect, Permablitz Brisbane and Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, we are helping organise a visit of Nicole Foss to Brisbane on the evening of Sunday22nd April. Nicole will give a 1-2 hour presentation followed by a Q&A session with Illargi, her colleague from The Automatic Earth. [http://theautomaticearth.org/]. We are also going to announce Transition Kurilpa’s Energy Descent Action Plan process and inviting members of the Kurilpa Community to be involved.
Nicole has given over 20 presentations in recent months around Australia. The event on the Sunshine Coast attracted ~500 people. Hopefully the tour will give some momentum to alt-financial networking, just like the food relocalisation movement started getting more networked and organised around five or six years ago.
Of the three storms threatening our modern way of life – Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Economic Crisis – Nicole focuses her attention on the third less widely understood economic storm. Because, she says, the time scale with finance is so much shorter than changes in energy or climate. In September 2008 we came within hours of the global banking system seizing up. That’s how quickly events can unfold. The situation is global and Nicole will explain why Australia is not immune.
Who is Nicole Foss:
Nicole Foss is one of those all too rare big picture people who both understands and can explain the links between the many converging factors now threatening our world. She has degrees in science and has worked in nuclear safety and grid technology. She has two law degrees, acquired she said because ‘I was interested in the codification of power hierarchies and finding out how the world really works”. Her home is a farm run on Permaculture principles outside Ottawa Canada.
According to Nicole, “we must prepare right now for the onset of a period of deflation and depression. Many people are reluctant to make preparations until they see the roof on fire, but by then it will be too late to take action”.
Nicole recommends that we should endeavour to clear debt and remain financially liquid, in order to maintain freedom of action and gain some control over the essentials of our own existence: Building social capital in our own communities is urgent. There is no time to waste. The future is at our doorstep and it does not look like the past as we have known it.
We are seeking volunteers to:
- help out (1-2hrs) with preparing or bringing along some food/snacks on Sunday afternoon.
- seek out donations of goods or services for a door raffle.
- promote the event through your friends and networks.
Hope to see you there