About us

The Deep Adaptation Forum is an international online space to connect people, in all spheres of life, to foster mutual support; collaboration; and professional development in the process of facing societal collapse.

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This site is the Professions' Network of the Deep Adaptation Forum.

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.

If you are looking for a Deep Adaptation group in your region, language or topic of interest, please check the Deep Adaptation Groups Network list here.

To simply receive a summary of outputs, highlights and future events from the Deep Adaptation Forum and its associated networks, subscribe to the Deep Adaptation Quarterly.

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Engaging with the climate emergency can give rise to difficult emotions. For emotional support, see Jem Bendell’s list of resources.

In particular, we recommend the Individual Therapeutic Support provided by the Climate Psychology Alliance.

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal emotions in relation to the climate emergency, please consider contacting a suicide helpline in your country. Here is a list provided by Facebook.
More advice here.

The volunteers and admins of this forum are not trained or funded for offering support in such circumstances.

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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.

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WHO WE ARE

The DAF core team is composed of freelancers who are funded directly by private donations. Each freelancer manages their own administration. In addition, some donations are processed through the Schumacher Institute, a UK registered charity.

DAF core team activities are currently coordinated by the Acting Coordinator, which is a position revolving among its members, and who reports to the Project Founder. In order to diversify the people who have visible roles within the forum, and seek wider input on its direction, a DAF Holding Group will be created in early 2020. The Holding Group will assume overall governance of the DAF, and become an organ for guidance and ultimate accountability. More information will be published on this matter soon.

The Deep Adaptation Forum core team consists of the following 5 people:

Professor Jem Bendell, Founder
With a PhD in international policy, a background working for the United Nations and international charities, and over 100 publications on business and sustainable development, Professor Bendell turned to leadership development in 2012. By 2016 he was working with leading socialist politicians as a leadership and communications advisor and speech writer. He had been interested in climate change since he studied it in 1993, as part of his geography degree at the University of Cambridge. In 2017 he took a year unpaid leave from university to create a more peaceful and loving response to the predicament, to review the latest climate science, measurements, policies and implications. This led to the release of Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Our Climate Tragedy, which was downloaded over half a million times within a year. He now focuses on leadership for deep adaptation, through research, writing, retreats, courses, strategy consulting, short films, as well as launching and co-funding the Deep Adaptation Forum, which after 6 months already engages over 10,000 people in exploring the implications of anticipating societal breakdowns due to climate chaos.

Katie Carr, Senior Facilitator
An independent trainer, facilitator and ‘host’ of collaborative learning processes, Katie has over 15-years of experience in formal and informal/community education. Katie is a skillful facilitator of ‘un-learning’, that is, creating spaces in which it is possible to connect with ways of knowing that are broader and richer than the cognitive/evaluative paradigm. If Deep Adaptation requires responses that are effective in reducing harm, then it is essential to build awareness and bring into consciousness all of the ways that stories of separation, scarcity and addiction to progress can be manifest in our ways of relating with self and others, and create new ways of being that are characterised by love, respect, inclusivity and connection. Before joining the DAF team, Katie was the Director of a UK sustainability education charity for six years, and project manager of several European sustainability projects in the fields of formal and community education. She also has expertise in participatory and alternative evaluation approaches (measuring what’s valuable, rather than valuing what’s measurable). She has an MA in Sustainable Leadership Development, and is trained in a variety of dialogic learning methods (including circling, authentic relating, ‘philosophy for children’, and non-violent communication).

Dorian Cave, Professions’ Network Curator & Acting Coordinator
Dorian curates the DAF Professionals’ Network (on Ning) on a day-to-day basis; liaises with Interest Group and Task Group leaders, including managing the process of launching either; carries out quickly-applicable research on how to design better collaborative work processes; and oversees capacity-building activities for Task Groups. Through his work and PhD research, Dorian intends to help develop the Deep Adaptation Forum into the foundation of an international mass movement, focusing on peaceful responses to the climate and ecological crises we face – and the collapses that are likely to unfold. Simultaneously, he wants to develop his skills in the field of self-organised group facilitation and contribute to scholarship on the role of mutual and social learning within such processes.

Dorian is the current Acting Coordinator for the DAF Core Team.

Matthew Slater, General Assistant
A theology graduate and software engineer, Matthew is a leading voice on community currencies. In the financial crisis of 2008 he dropped everything to develop open source software for Local Exchange Trading Systems, cofounding Community Forge to host that software. His interests and expertise widened from there into monetary theory, monetary reform, community building, ecovillages, cryptocurrencies, and the politics of software. in 2015 he co-authored the Money & Society MOOC with Prof. Bendell. In 2016 he proposed a solidarity economy money system in a white paper entitled ‘Credit Commons’. In 2018 he took on the role of General Assistant to Prof Bendell and the Deep Adaptation Forum. Within that role Matthew supports a range of activities, including technical support and research on various themes.

Zori Tomova, Platforms Assistant
Zori has a business education, with an MSc from Warwick University. Upon graduation, she co-founded a small innovation consulting company and soon after moved into IT entrepreneurship and management, where she spent the majority of her career. She left that world in 2017 to look for a calling that was closer to her heart. Upon her first encounter with Jem Bendell and our predicament, she realised that her sense of aliveness and meaning lies in her gift and love for connection. As a consequence, she oriented her life towards creating spaces of connection with self, other and nature that bring out the most beautiful sides of our humanness. In the last 2 years, she has built a coaching business, created the Connection Playground initiative and facilitated numerous groupwork spaces, including regular Deep Adaptation gatherings online. She joined the Deep Adaptation Forum in July 2019 to support the team of volunteers moderating the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group. She’s also the project leader of the Deep Adaptation Groups Network, providing a space for cross-pollination and peer support between DA groups in different locations, languages and topics.

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