Findhorn Week 2 Economics
Today is Sunday and the second sunny day we have had here. Saturday was a day off from curriculum and some of our group went on a short van ride down the coast to Burges Head where we hiked along a coastal trail to a cave. It was a beautiful day with long views of the “Moray Firth”, which is the large bay here in North East Scotland. Today we began module 2 of the EDE Economics with Jonathan Dawson who used to live in Findhorn and now teaches a 1 year master’s program in Ecological Economics at Schumacher College in Devon England. This is going to be a very interesting week as we are being asked to expand our understanding of what we think of economics and look at potential alternative solutions to our current world systems. Professor Dawson proposed that for our sustainable future, Economics and Ecology cannot be separate. We saw a great short film today called, “The Story of Stuff” (www.thestoryofstuff.com) which I highly recommend as a basic overview of where we are now in our global state of affairs. During our Lunch break we had a good volleyball game and as I looked around at my team I became aware that every person on my team was from a different country including, Brazil, China, Italy, France, Colombia, and USA. Our group has grown by 3 to a total of 25 and I continued be impressed and inspired by this group in many ways. Everyone here shares a common sense of urgency to find and implement solutions for the sustainability of our planet.
Today I was up for a run at Sunrise and this evening caught the sunset on Findhorn Bay with a half moon rising and hundreds of geese flying in to spend the night. This is a beautiful place and a very interesting and dynamic community. This morning we discussed flaws in our current economic systems as well as the urgency to find solutions as they relate to our survival on this planet. There was much lively discussion and many thoughts and ideas.
We are being given many resources and one of them is the article By Bill Mckibbon in Rolling Stone Magazine to read more click below