What’s Next for Earth: Culture Change and Neuroscience Art Call

Michele Guieu | March 25, 2022 | Leave a Comment

You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call Cultural Change and Neuroscience, open until May 15, 2022. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project based on Instagram that invites artists to respond to a bi-monthly topic, reflecting on the human predicament. An online exhibition will be on view on whatsnextforearth.com and on the MAHB website, in the arts section between March 20 to May 20, 2022.

The Art Call

In 2021, What’s Next for Earth proposes to go through The Post Carbon Institute’s FREE online course THINK RESILIENCE, one lesson at a time. Please sign up at education.resilience.org (it’s easy!) – Each lesson is short and gives an excellent overview of the topic.

Think Resilience / Please watch:
– the introductory video (lesson 1)
CHAPTER ONE – Our converging Crisis
– Energy, (lesson 2)
– Population and Consumption (lesson 3).
– Depletion (lesson 4)
– Pollution (Lesson 5)
CHAPTER TWO – The Roots and Results of Our Crises
Political & Economic Management (Social Structure) (lesson 6)
Belief Systems (Lesson 7)
– Biodiversity (Lesson 8)
– Collapse (lesson 9)

CHAPTER THREE – Making Change
In this session we’ll learn how change happens, and how we might influence change in human society:
– Thinking in Systems (Lesson 10)
Shifting Cultural Stories (Lesson 11)
– Culture Change and Neuroscience (lesson 12)

EXCERPT: “If we want to adapt successfully to a future of less energy per capita, and little or no economic growth, we need to better manage some of the neurological traits that served our evolutionary forebears but are ill-suited to the modern world. Consumerism is a modern version of our biological drives for status-seeking and novelty-seeking and makes use of how our brain chemistry develops addictions. We also have an innate tendency to give more weight to present threats and opportunities than to future ones; this is called discounting the future, and it makes it hard to sacrifice now to overcome an enormous future risk such as climate change. Fortunately, we also have some inherited neurological tendencies that would be useful to encourage, like cooperation, empathy, and altruism.
– Richard Heinberg

If you do not get the chance to watch the video, PLEASE READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO HERE.

Think Resilience Course

"Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury."

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?

Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

How to participate in the Art Call

1. Sign up for the THINK RESILIENCE COURSE if you did not do it before. If possible, watch all the videos, and watch THINKING IN SYSTEMS. If you do not have the time, PLEASE READ THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT.

2. Create your piece using any format/technique you wish. 

3. Post it on your Instagram page. Include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption: title, technique, size, and, most importantly, the relationship with the theme. 

Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description (#WhatsNextForEarth is very important to include because it is the hashtag used to find the posts participating in the art call on Instagram):

#CulturalChangeAndNeuroscience #artcall

Follow What’s Next for Earth on Instagram!

What’s Next For Earth is an art project created by Michele Guieu, eco-artist, and MAHB Arts Coordinator, to reflect on the climate emergency, the human predicament and envision a desirable future. The project is supported by the MAHB. If you have any questions, please send a message to michele@mahbonline.org. 
Thank you ~

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