Transformation without Apocalypse Workshops

Saturday, February 15, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center

Transformation without Apocalypse features some terrific keynotes, but the ‘real work’ of the symposium will happen Saturday afternoon when we invite everyone to get grounded and engaged.

We are excited to offer 12 workshops from 3:30 to 6:30 on Saturday, February 15. We encourage you to pre-register for the workshops because space is limited. You can choose one 3-hour workshop or several shorter workshops.

If you don't wish to be in a workshop, there are other terrific options for this time frame.  You can  join us for the Radical Reimagining Fair or take in some live literature and short films at the Transformation Film and Literature Festival, which will also be happening from 3:30 to 6:30.

3-Hour Workshops (3:30 to 6:30)

  1. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy – Inspired by Joanna Macy’s work, facilitator Barbara Ford will help us contribute joyously and effectively to our endangered world in these times of radical opportunity.
  2. Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution – We’ll roll our sleeves up and explore how to plan acts of creative disruption in service to environmental and social justice. Hosted by the Beautiful Trouble team, the people who brought you Yes Men and Billionaires for Bush.

1.5- and 2-Hour Workshops (3:30 to 5:30)

  1. Another Kind of Hoe Down: Growing Artists Black Mountain Style (3:30-5:20) - A creative writing workshop with Emily Carr, Director of Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at OSU Cascades Campus.
  2. Reimagining How We Work (3:30 - 4:50) - We’ll explore how to create meaningful and sustainable careers in diverse fields of work. This workshop will feature Rob Dietz, author of Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, as well as presentations by local businesses and organizations from the Corvallis area. We’ll explore how to create meaningful work and sustainable careers in these quickly changing times.
  3. Envisioning a Sustainable OSU (5:00 - 6:30) -  This workshop will serve OSU students, faculty, administrators and community members as a space to give voice our vision of sustainability at OSU. Hosted by staff at the Student Sustainability Initiative and the Sustainability Office.

1-Hour Workshops

Session 1: 3:30 to 4:20
  1. Lose 3,000 Pounds in One Week! Going Car Free - Join us for a discussion about the barriers, rewards, and ins-and-outs of going car free or car lite. We’ll also demonstrate tools, such as rain and cold weather gear and bike equipment. Hosted by the Transportation Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.
  2. Collaborative Visioning for a Sustainable Community -  Through art, games, small group discussion, and hands-on-learning opportunities, you’ll develop a clearer personal vision, share it with others, and lay out a framework for moving forward with a diverse set of plans as a community.  Hosted by Nathan Jones of the Northwest Institute for Community Enrichment.
Session 2: 4:30 – 5:20
  1. Cultivating Creative Potential through Movement - We will learn to access creative mental states through movement and music. These states can help us maintain the excitement, optimism, and sense of connectedness of the symposium as we apply our creativity to the challenges we face. Hosted by Leela Devi.
  2. Going Local: Transforming Your Meal Plan - A hands on workshop to help you re-invent your weekly meal plan by introducing more seasonal, local foods. We’ll work as a group to take one week's worth of meals and adjust them to include more local food. You’ll go home with the meal plan and information about sources for local food. Hosted by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Food Action Team.
Session 3: 5:30 – 6:30
  1. Further Conversations with Rob Nixon, Susana Almanza, and Carolyn Finney: Join us for a roundtable discussion.
  2. So, How Are You Going to Get Your Water? What will you do for water if our municipal system or our wells no longer work? We’ll explore why this is a timely question and four community-based approaches to meeting our water needs. Hosted by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Water Action Team.
  3. Peaceful Communication in a Hostile Environment: Direct Action Role Playing (5:30-6:00, please note this is a 30-minute workshop): Role play both sides of a contentious one-on-one discussion about protesting fossil fuels. Participants will be encouraged to explore the ways that stance, tone of voice, and choice of words can be used to deescalate tension.



Register for the Symposium