The Spring Creek Project invites you to join us for a big, free, public gathering, “Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well on an Altered Planet,” February 14-15 at Oregon State University.

Whether you are inspired by alternative visions of the future, or haunted by scenarios of climate chaos, or simply motivated to live with compassion and awareness, we need your help in imagining and creating a saner future. This symposium will bring together a diverse, energetic, engaged community to celebrate and create tangible visions of new/old ways to prosper without exhausting the planet.

Let’s make no mistake: climate change is upon us. Environmental decline and social inequity are escalating. We must do everything possible to end dependence on fossil fuels and arrest global warming. We must find ways to creatively disrupt business-as-usual destruction.  That work will fare better if we can imagine all kinds of possible alternatives for a just and ecologically viable future. Transformation without Apocalypse will engage this essential experiment, testing different sets of ideas about how to live on Earth.

Our keynote speakers include Tim DeChristopher, the courageous environmental activist featured in the film “Bidder 70,” renowned authors Ursula K. LeGuin and Kim Stanley Robinson, and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy among others. We are also including a Radical Reimagining Fair featuring 'engaged tabling' by regional environmental and social justice organizations. And there will be dynamic workshops in creative political activism, engaged writing, community building, eco-skills, climate grief and empowerment and more, to help everyone carry the inspiration beyond this gathering and into their communities.

All events will be free and open to the public. Follow the links below to learn more about the symposium.


Register here to let us know you’re coming, and to reserve your space in Workshops.


Printable schedule to help you plan your Transformation experience.

Keynote Speakers

Brief bios and links for our keynote speakers.

Eco Artists

News about the symposium’s engaged, eco-art installation project.


Check out these exciting workshops in Creative Activism, Engaged Writing, Active Hope, and more. (All workshops are FREE but pre-registration is required.)

Radical Reimagining Fair

More than 25 groups will be on hand with inspired and practical ways to help you make new alliances and test different sets of ideas about how to live on the Earth.

Film and Literature Festival

Authors Tim McNulty, Andrea Weiser, Kristin Berger and others, plus a fascinating series of short films.