About us

The Deep Adaptation Forum is an international space to connect and collaborate with other professionals who are exploring implications of a near-term societal collapse due to climate change. Through this free forum you can join regular webinars, seek advice and co-create shared resources for your field of expertise.

We concentrate mainly on:

  • hosting regular video meetings among our members;
  • managing jointly edited documents on relevant resources, initiatives, and knowledge needs;
  • enabling in-person dialogues within local communities and professional sectors;
  • and maintaining an event calendar.

The Forum is not a space for:

  • debating climate science;
  • disputing whether societal collapse is likely to occur;
  • or arguing that near-term human extinction is now inevitable.

Such discussions occur in many other places, and instead, this Forum is solely dedicated to serving those who wish to explore collapse-readiness in all its potential forms, from the practical to the emotional and spiritual.

If you are mainly interested in discussing these topics, but not yet actively working on them or planning to, we recommend you join the Deep Adaptation Facebook group instead.

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People who are alive to the likelihood of society collapsing in our lifetimes will not be alone for long. But for now, we are few and far between. In most professional circles this topic remains taboo, and certainly not a priority within strategies, budgets or meetings. This situation means people find it challenging to work on the professional implications of their concerns. This forum responds to that need by connecting those who are alive to likely collapse to work together now and thereby mark the way for their colleagues to follow in time.

To extend the glide of our societies and soften their crash, the goal must be for every professional association, think tank, trade union, and research institute, to develop their own work on collapse-readiness. Before that happens, we can connect around the world and support each other to play a role in our professions and locations when the time arrives.

Participation is free. We invite a diversity of opinion, including a diversity of political approaches, so long as these do not advocate forms of fascism or violent conflict. We invite participants to employ the Deep Adaptation framework in their approach on this Forum. That means basing our exchanges on an acceptance that societal collapse is ahead of us, and at times exploring what the concepts of resilience, relinquishment, restoration and reconciliation could mean for our profession or interest. This is different from the mainstream research and policy community on adaptation to climate change, which is based on the assumption that our current society can continue, rather than collapse. Therefore, we recommend you read the Deep Adaptation paper and blog on Reconciliation before participating in the Forum.

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The Forum was founded by Professor Jem Bendell and is funded by donations from private individuals. We welcome any enquiries from potential donors to further expand the Forum and related activities on the Deep Adaptation agenda. 

Forum managers can provide technical support and can be contacted at help@deepadaptation.info.

Prof Bendell's blog

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A Year of Deep Adaptation

One year ago this month, our Institute at the University of Cumbria released my paper on Deep Adaptation to our climate tragedy. It has since been downloaded over half a million times, been translated into many languages, inspired Facebook groups (one with over 4000 people), many events, and been credited by commentators and activists as […]

Kissing the Void – Deep Adaptation Retreat in Devon, UK

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