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05 Nicole Foss Part 2 – Building Resiliency in an Era of Financial Collapse



Nicole Foss

Nicole Foss

Nicole Foss of the Automatic Earth presented this talk, the second of two, at Studio 353 in Manhattan on January 19th, 2013.


In the era of globalization, we have burst the largest credit bubble in human history. Bubbles are effectively gigantic Ponzi schemes -- destined to implode, leading into a period of economic depression. Credit bubbles borrow demand from the future by artificially inflating future worth, but at the cost of a dearth of demand for a long period thereafter. This is why bubbles always end in depression.
Consequently, we need to prepare for hard times ahead. There is much we can do to reduce our over-exposure to vulnerable systems. Facing these hard times is best done as close-knit communities. If we work together to build trust at the local level, we can withstand a great deal of upheaval. The sooner we begin, the better the chances of being as prepared as possible for an uncertain future that will not look like the lives we are anticipating.
If you'd like to learn more about Nicole, KMO interviewed her in January 2012 for the C-Realm Podcast, available at:

04 Nicole Foss Part 1 – Building Resiliency in an Era of Limits to Growth

Nicole Foss

Nicole Foss

Nicole Foss of The Automatic Earth presented this talk, the first of two, at Studio 353 in Manhattan on January 17th, 2013.

Few people realize the extent to which our modern way of life is critically dependent on the availability of plentiful and affordable natural resources, particularly energy, which acts as the master resource. However, we stand on the edge of a major contraction in fossil fuel supply. The energy sources we are increasingly looking to for the future are largely a cruel mirage.

As energy availability declines, we will increasingly be facing other limits to growth. There will be less energy available for resource extraction and transportation, or to address the inevitable externalities generated in the process. The implication is that life will of necessity become increasingly local and much less resource intensive. We must learn to adjust our expectations accordingly. Fortunately, there is much we can do to use resources far more sparingly and effectively. It is critical to make the adjustment while conventional energy is still available, meaning that we must begin at once.

Nicole Foss is Senior Editor of The Automatic Earth. She previously wrote under the name Stoneleigh. She and co-author and Editor-in-Chief, Raúl Ilargi Meijer, have been chronicling and interpreting the ongoing credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. Nicole is also an international speaker on energy and global finance. She has lectured in hundreds of locations across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has made numerous media appearances in a variety of countries.

Prior to the establishment of TAE, Nicole was editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance. She also ran the Agri-Energy Producers' Association of Ontario, where she focused on farm-based biogas projects, grid connections for renewable energy and feed-In tariff policy development.

She was a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, specializing in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level. She has significant experience as an environmental consultant. She has a BSc in Biology from Carleton University in Canada, a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, in addition to the Common Professional Examination in Law and an LLM in International Law in Development from the University of Warwick in the UK.

03 Michael Goodwin – How Did the Richest Country in the World Come to Eat Such Cruddy Food?

Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin

In this podcast, Michael Goodwin, author of Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work) in Words and Pictures, addresses the Full Circle audience. His actual presentation is short, which left lots of time for audience participation.

Michael Goodwin is a freelance writer who has always loved comics and history. His interest in history led him to an interest in the economic forces that underlie much of history, and he eventually started reading up on economics. In his initial reading, Mike thought he caught glimpses of a story, a story nobody seemed to be telling.

That idea was little more than a hunch at first, but as he immersed himself in the subject, Mike realized that there was in fact a story there, and that someone needed to tell the story in an accessible manner. He brought a stack of books to a small town in India, settled in, and started reading, researching, and writing. The result is this book.

Mike has spent several years in China as well as India; his previous efforts include interpreting Chinese, writing comedy, photography, disaster relief, dealing art (ineptly), and writing about medicine. Like many freelance writers, he lives in New York City with two cats.

02 A Radical Radish: Getting to the Root of Food in the Urban Environment with Gil Lopez


Photo by Dwaine Lee

After designing the American Dream for suburbanites in Central Florida, Gil moved to NYC with a mission, to become an expert in greenroofs and living walls. As he immersed himself in these innovative greening construction techniques, he has come to realize this is just more of the same. This evening Gil will talk about some of the dilemmas wrapped up in the profession of landscape design, architecture and infrastructure.

In his short time in New York Gil has cofounded a community farm in Queens and is currently bootstrapping Nourishing Cities, a worker cooperative offering regenerative and productive landscape services. Join us for a discussion of how to forge this path in the extreme urban environment that is New York City.

This is a sliding scale ticketed event with admission ranging from
$10 - $25 with prepaid registration and $30 at the door.

About the speaker:
Gil is a landscape designer from Mississippi who worked in Central Florida before moving to New York. Since relocating he has installed greenroofs, planted apple orchards at public schools, written about urban and food issues, worked in the renewable energy sector and was a project manager for Million Trees NYC. He teaches a Greenroof and Living Walls course at CUNY and has established an impressive guerrilla garden in Long Island City, Queens

Future Full Circle Speakers tentative schedule:
Dec 14- Michael Goodwin on economix in pictures
Jan 11- Kathy McMahon of Peak Oil Blues - finding a way thru the dark
Feb 8- John Michael Greer on the magic of what’s real
Mar 8- Tiokasin Ghosthorse on indigenous ways
April 12- Shelley Morhaim and Penny McDougal on End of Life ritual
May 10- Ken Greene on our seedy legacy
Jun 14- John Ikerd “Small Farms are Real Farms”
Nov 9- Linda Tagliaferro on education for wisdom
Aug 9 - Melony Samuels - Bed Sty Campaign Against Hunger

....You’ll want to hear them all

This is a sliding scale ticketed event with admission ranging from
$10 - $25 with prepaid registration and $30 at the door

01 Soil is Key to Quality Food with Dan Kittredge


Photo by Dwaine Lee

Is organically grown food more nutritious than food grown conventionally? The debate continues evidenced by the recent study released by Sanford University. Both sides discount the role of soil, the importance of mineralizing, and methods used to measure the nutrient density of food.
With Dan Kittredge, director of the Bionutrient Food Association

Series Organizer: Philip Botwinick

Moderator: KMO of the C-Realm Podcast

About Dan Kittredge

An inquisitive second-generation organic farmer, Dan Kittredge advocates moving beyond organic. He has put together and is popularizing a system for "Bionutrient-Rich Crop Production," often abbreviated as "nutrient-dense farming." Kittredge started his experimenting with nutrient-dense principles on Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, Massachusetts, where he grew up. Kittredge was spurred to explore the nutrient-dense paradigm after reflecting on the problem of mediocre yields and predictable insect and disease outbreaks on small organic farms. The Bionutient Food Association started as a project of The Real Food Campaign whose mission is to empower and educate farmers towards the production of quality food. BFA now has its own non-profit status and advocates for vital soils and nourishing food nationally. Today, Kittredge farms his own15-acre homestead where he raises grassfed beef, goat, sheep and a full spectrum of vegetables. Practicing what he preaches, he finds it very easy to make good money growing nutrient dense food.

Full Circle Series are intimate conversations with innovative critical thinkers addressing the present challenges of our social, environmental, and economic landscapes. The series’ theme is: bringing into being the world we want to live in now with a focus on localized efforts.