C-Realm Podcast on the Age of Limits


KMO interviewed us about the end o’ the world stuff we blogged about last week for his C-Realm podcast. If you’re not familiar with the C-Realm you should be–it’s one of my favorite podcasts and covers a difficult to summarize array of subjects that will interest readers of Root Simple.

After our interview, KMO talks to Archdruid John Michael Greer who had a similar reaction to the conference’s mashup of drum circles and near term extinction enthusiasts.

One of the many things Kelly and I neglected to mention during the interview is that we think there should be a conference here in Los Angeles that would gather together all the amazing people in our region who are making a difference in this world. We’re thinking hands on workshops, talks etc. Let us know if you have any ideas about how to make this happen.

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  1. I think a conference is a great idea. One thing I think would be interesting would be to bridge some of the amazing work being done in the government and nonprofit sectors with some of the advocate/grassroots efforts. It seems like there is more blending of these worlds in the Bay Area, to positive effect. But in LA, they seem largely separate.

    In particular, we have some pretty serious climate change legislation on the books in CA (CA Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, SB 375 Sustainable Communities Strategies, and now SB 743 which includes some important reforms to CEQA), but I feel like the advocacy community largely misses the opportunity to leverage this statewide mandate for progress at a local level.

    I think it would be really good to connect the dots better in LA between these groups. there are some great groups that are helping to make this possible, like the LA Food Policy Council and Safe Routes to School National Partnership, but we need far more of this type of work.

  2. I’ve listened to KMO for quite a long time, so I was excited when I found you on his podcast. You did good. I’ve also just finished JMG’s latest “Decline and Fall” and it is very well done. His last two chapters are particularity good at things we should be doing without ever mentioning drums beats, circles, or chants.

  3. I’ve been to a couple of Southern California Permaculture Convergences in the past, and it’s been clear to me that they’re a lot of work to organize, with or without big name speakers as a draw. The most professional of these by far was the first Permaculture Voices conference held out in Temecula this past March (see: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/the-talk-topics).

    Though there were a number of local urban ag folks in attendance (some of them were presenters), the hefty price tag for the event, though not really out-of-line for conferences of this sort, reflected the fact that it was focussed on people looking to get into larger scale homesteading. Also, since it was held at the Pechanga Resort, there was no space for smaller scale practical application workshops to take place, as had occurred at some of the local convergences. Nonetheless, it was an amazing and informative event. You might want to consider piggy-backing an LA-centered special interest group as a part of next March’s PV2 conference in San Diego.

    Great conversation, btw, on both the C-Realm and the Vault.

  4. I am glad that someone is calling out the narcissism of the prepper community. As if there preparations and nihilism somehow give them carte blanche to decide who survives potential disaster. Thank you.

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