In recent years, I’ve spent quite a lot of my time exploring the future outlook: recently, I feel I’m getting some valuable insights, at a time of massive change and uncertainty, when it seems that most people (and governments) can’t or won’t consider the future and how it could guide us now. So this blog is a progress report, and an invitation to anyone reading it to contact me to share the process. Read more.
See Events update for related seminar, Focussing up to Community Adaptation, on October 5.
An ecosystem view on human societies
Of all the many books on future outlook I’ve read, this is a rarity: it offers a scenario which I find plausible and even encouraging. John Michael Greer wrote The Long Descent, on how civilisations decline, and he combines these insights with his experience as an ecologist and organic gardener in this book. Read more.
Alan's Seeding our Future project has just published an expanded version of this research. It gives forecasts for eight major risks, including climate and food, and now provides links to a range of organisations and resources who can help local communities, businesses and NGOs explore practical adaptation measures. You can download it here.
Politically, it’s a different planet!
Mae Cymru yn wleidyddol yn blaned arall
Probably many of you reading this who live in the UK share my gloom about Whitehall politics, and the prospect of sensible, positive action on carbon emissions, food security, affordable housing, and more. Since early 2022, I’ve moved from vague impressions that things were better in Wales, to a moderately informed conviction this is true. And in August 2023, my wife and I are emigrating… to Hay-on-Wye, in Wales. Read more.
To support the launch of his new book, Alan would like to train and work with a few Advocates: your main roles would be to deliver short workshops and talks on the Natural Happiness approach, in person or online, and outreach to find groups to work with.
Advocates will be able to shape this role to work with client groups of most interest to them: for example, this could include community groups, work organisations, gardening clubs, and sustainability networks. This is paid work, with training provided: see more details here.
Focussing up to Community Adaptation
Online workshop: Thursday Oct 5, 2-4pm
Hosted by Schumacher Institute and Seeding our Future
This workshop is intended for community groups, individuals, and organisations involved with community resilience, including NGOs. One aim is to help community groups to see how they can engage with and benefit from statutory frameworks, such as Local Resilience Forums. Read more.
Facilitated Workshops for Professionals
The Natural Happiness model is highly relevant for professionals of many kinds, including managers, coaches, hospital doctors, and consultants. Alan can deliver sessions from half a day to 2 days, tailored to your needs. Read more.
The Sufi Garden is a monthly online meditation/singing group co-led by Alan Heeks and Karim Hadden. The sessions offer meditation, chants, poetry, and simple movement practices known as Dances of Universal Peace, drawing on the Sufi, Buddhist, Christian and other traditions. No previous experience needed, open to all. Free of charge.
Next session: Wednesday July 5, 7.30-9.00pm. To reserve a place or for more info, email [email protected].
Nature Connection Retreat
For doctors and health professionals. Hazel Hill Wood, Sept 29 - Oct 1.
Alan writes: I am not facilitating this event, but it uses some of my Natural Happiness material.
For more info, click here.
Natural Happiness Online:
Small groups and coaching
Alan Heeks writes: linked to the upcoming publication of my Natural Happiness book, I am offering two formats for online groups (or in person in Dorset):
Small groups: a mini-workshop of 1-2 hours, using Natural Happiness approaches, tailored to the group's wishes.
Coaching: one-to-one sessions of 1.5 hours, drawing on Natural Happiness processes.
All sessions will be experiential and highly participative. Timings and cost negotiable. If you're interested, contact Alan: [email protected].
The book cover has been agreed, and publication is due in March 2024. Read more.