What we've been up to
Rescope Publishing announces its first book launch
A travel memoir for our times - how a long walk revealed a new life
Over five gruelling and exhilarating months, Rescope Project director Keith Badger and his wife Debby walked a unique 2,801km route from one end of the UK to the other. But what began as a long walk transformed into a second, unexpected journey. And there could be no going back to the life they had left behind. In his first book 'Joining Loose Ends', Keith tells the story of their great walk, and the new life they found on the other side.
Get more info including what people are saying about the book & how to buy it here.
And thanks to everyone who filled Readings Carlton to the rafters for the launch on 20 February 2018, as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival.
Retrofitting the Suburbs
Sarah McConnell on David Holmgren's future scenarios
At the 2017 Ecocity World Summit, Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren provided an update on his four energy descent future scenarios. It inspired our illustrator Sarah to produce this wonderfully integrated depiction of future energy systems in a variety of real life contexts.
Past Event: National New Economy Conference & tour
Rescope Project on the road speaking to people around the country
The Rescope Project has been on the road, speaking to people around the country on our way to and from the National New Economy Conference in Brisbane in early September. We'll feature plenty of these conversations on Rescope Radio soon. In the meantime, we can tell you that around 300 people gathered in Brisbane, with part of our contribution being another terrific panel discussion. A full room of around 50 people joined a high quality panel to explore how we redefine progress & transition from the 'consumer machine' to the new economy.
Threatened Species Day cartoons
A series by Sarah McConnell
Rescope Project Illustrator Sarah McConnell released a series of cartoons to mark Threatened Species Day earlier in September. This latest contribution to Illustrating Change provides a poignant and humorous take on some of the perverse aspects of our current systems.
Article: Uncertainty is the best tool to navigate toward our post-carbon future
Pathways to the Post-Carbon Economy
The Rescope Project's Energy, Systems & Society Fellow, Josh Floyd, has featured in Insurge Intelligence's Symposium on Pathways to the Post-carbon Economy. Josh explores the context and polarisation of the renewable energy debate and suggests we adopt an approach of 'knowledge humility'.
"Acknowledging what we don’t know, as well as what we do, can support more flexible and adaptive ways of navigating transition pathways."
Illustration of our session at the recent Ecocity World Summit
From the Consumer City to the Ecocity
Sarah McConnell has produced this brilliant illustrated depiction of The Rescope Project's session at the recent Ecocity World Summit. Anthony James hosted a highly regarded panel, which drew around 100 people to join us in conversation about how we shift systems - from the 'consumer machine' to the 'ecocity'.
Presentation: The Unseen Cost of Travel
The trouble with carbon offsetting
The Rescope Project's Energy, Systems & Society Fellow, Josh Floyd, recently joined Intrepid Travel's Geoff Manchester and Reho Travel's Janine Hendry for an ethical networking forum hosted by Moral Fairground on the 'hidden' impacts of travel and tourism. He presented a highly accessible, engaging and personal foray into the problematic nature of carbon offsetting.
Event: Renewable Energy & Beyond
In the final event of the Regenerating Society Series globally renowned energy expert, Richard Heinberg, beamed in from the USA to put the case for changing the way we use energy, as well as the ways we produce it. He was joined by The Rescope Project's Josh Floyd, and energy and psychology researcher, Dr Andrea Bunting to explore switching to a new kind of society and how can we get there as smoothly as possible.
Video and an illustrated summary of the event will be available here soon.
Event: Redefining progress
It has long been recognised that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an inadequate measure of society’s success and development. Yet it and our focus on economic growth driven by wasteful consumerism persist, despite the range of crises they cause and the growing recognition that limitless consumption doesn’t make for healthy, meaningful human life.
The Rescope Project brought together an expert panel including Tim Costello, Dr Melissa Weinberg and Dr Mike Salvaris to explore how to change the narratives, systems and measures to guide us to a new version of 'the good life'.
Video and an illustrated summary of the event will be available here soon.
Event: Satyajit Das - Beyond growth as we know it
Launching The Rescope Project with his final public appearance, globally recognised former financier Satyajit Das presented a powerful and compelling overview of the converging economic, ecological, energy and political crises to a sold out audience of 200 people. The event will be broadcast on ABC's Big Ideas soon. We'll keep you posted when it goes to air.
New Director: Kate Auty
We're delighted to announce that Kate Auty has joined The Rescope Project's Board of Directors. Kate is Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment in the Australian Capital Territory, a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and much more. Kate also has a valued history with The Rescope Project, going back to being a graduate of the Masters program taught by our founder Prof Frank Fisher. She was later co-editor of the Frank Fisher tribute book Everyday Transcendence. We're very pleased that she's continuing her long association and bringing her extensive skills and experience to the project.
For more about Kate, click here.
We're very happy to announce that the University of Melbourne's renowned Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) is now a valued partner of The Rescope Project. The MSSI will join us in launching The Rescope Project, and our SLF Big Weekend forums, and we look forward to working together towards their major 2017 initiative, the Ecocity World Summit, fearing former US Vice-President Al Gore and a host of other leading figures.
For more on the MSSI, click here.
For more on the Ecocity World Summit, click here.
Publication: Flying in the face of climate science
Ever wondered about the value of carbon offsets? Or why flying is apparently such a hot issue when it comes to climate change? Perhaps you’ve even wondered about the extent to which we need to reduce flying, if we’re to have any chance of avoiding dangerous climate change? What is our carbon budget? And how do we grapple with its implications?
Article: Phasing out fossil fuels may not be a straight forward swap
New modelling by Rescope Project Fellow, Josh Floyd, is featured in The Conversation - and being picked up globally - in an article co-authored by Executive Director, Anthony James. The Rescope Project strongly supports the rapid global shift away from fossil fuels. We aim to openly explore what that might entail, to better position societies in this effort. This new modelling, made publicly available, suggests such a transition may face significant challenges, and seems likely to require a broader range of responses.
Article: CSIRO's 'green growth' is flawed
In 2015 the CSIRO's Australian National Outlook Report concluded that sustainability is compatible with ongoing economic growth and that consumerist values do not need to be questioned. Rescope Project Fellow Josh Floyd has co-authored a report showing how the CSIRO case is flawed, and what it means.