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Weekend of December 7–9


Advanced Energy Efficiency and Alternative Supplies for Profitable Climate Protection


Amory Lovins


Half of America’s oil and gas and three-quarters of its electricity can be saved more cheaply than supplying them from existing facilities. Dramatic advances in efficiency technologies, ways to combine and integrate them, and ways to market and implement them are synergistic with parallel revolutions in low- or no-carbon energy supplies. All are rapidly expanding. For example, “micropower” (cogeneration plus dis- tributed renewables) already provides a sixth of the world’s electricity and greater than two-thirds of its new electricity.


Together, efficiency and alternative supplies offer profitable, business-led solutions to such problems as climate change, oil dependence, and nuclear proliferation. Drawing on three


decades of practical experience at the forefront of the energy transition and on his pathfinding March 2007 lectures as MAP/Ming Professor at Stanford University, Amory Lovins will lead an integrative, wide-ranging, state-of-the-art explo- ration of energy technologies, design and busi- ness innovations, implementation, and implica- tions for a cooler, richer, fairer, and safer world.


This transdisciplinary workshop will be most useful to intermediate and advanced practi- tioners, executives, activists, and concerned citizens, and will emphasize opportunities and needs in the private sector, chiefly in oil (www.oilendgame.com) and electricity (www.rmi.org, Library). The latest insights from Reinventing Fire (www.reinventingfire.com) will be discussed.


Recommended reading: Lovins, Datta et. al, Winning the Oil Endgame; Lovins, Small is Profitable; Hawken, Lovins & Lovins, Natural Capitalism; Lovins & Burns (ed.) The Essential Amory Lovins; Lovins & Rocky Mountain Institute, Reinventing Fire.


Leader bio on page 91.


Rest, Rejuvenation and Renewal: The Courage to Pause


David Schiffman


This is a workshop for people who need a break—from working too hard, from concentrat- ing too much, from being stuck under pressure too long—or who are just plain tired from the perplexity and strain over what comes next.


“While we pause,” writes David, “we’ll study the three R’s and how they can be used to cultivate a climate of renewed energy and enthusiasm, the ability to think wisely ahead, and the presence to relate honestly and authentically with others. This week will emphasize breathing space and ease of being for deep contemplation. There will be soulful, encouraging company as well as wise counsel available for emotional nourishment.


“We will draw on the power and spirit medicine of Big Sur’s natural gifts for healing and inspira- tion. A special blend of music and movement will create a mood of playfulness and spontane- ity for the rejuvenation of spirit. Simple activi- ties, including ceremony and personal practices,


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