Professor Jem Bendell

Notes from a strategist & educator on social & organisational change, now focused on #DeepAdaptation

Contacting Jem Bendell

Professor Bendell relays his sincere thanks to everyone who has felt moved to reach out to him on this topic. The offers of support and invitations to collaborate have been both humbling and affirming. Since the release of the Deep Adaptation paper in July 2018, his server reports 600K hits to the Deep Adaptation paper.

With minimal funding and some volunteering the team has responded personally to over 300 emails but this detracts from other activities. So please read this page to see if your needs are covered before attempting to contact Professor Bendell.

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I'm in shock after reading the paper

Jem is aware of the limits to his expertise in either inner or outer processes for deep adaptation. He says "One thing I have found that sustains me, and the one piece of advice I can feel confident in offering, is not to go through this in isolation." If you don't yet feel okay talking with close friends or family, there are online communities that are holding space and offering opportunities for people to be with each other and support each other through the darkest parts of this journey. And many people report that going through this processing collectively has helped them to access states of acceptance and deep joy as well.

He is aware of the following that may help with that:

I work in new media

Jem has done around 10 podcasts or videos since the paper was released, which you can find on his web site. He is now trying to diffuse attention away from himself to other activists as part of a strategy to build a broad, resilient, and scalable movement. Write below explaining the topics you would like to cover and we will suggest some other names and also notify you if and when he himself is ready to do more podcasts.

I work in mainstream media

Jem is trying to diffuse attention away from himself to other activists as part of a strategy to build a broad, resilient, scalable movement. Write below explaining the topics you would like to cover and we will suggest some other names and also notify you when he has something to say in the mainstream.

I want to interview Prof. Bendell as part of my studies

Sorry but Jem already has five PhD students and many Masters students and cannot give time to others. We recommend you join the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group and share your questions there.

I want to study with Prof. Bendell

Jem's is offering various courses this year but not taking new PhD students at present.

I want Prof. Bendell to speak at a conference

Professor Bendell is not currently accepting invitations to speak, even via videolink. Instead the Deep Adaptation team has created a roster of advocates. Then please request a speaker.

I think Prof. Bendell would enjoy reading a paper

Jem is not trying to know everything about what should become a vast field of enquiry. The groups in the Deep Adaptation Forum are a good place to post resources where they might be found and find people to collaborate with (You will need to sign up first).

I'm planning to make art based on Deep Adaptation

Jem is always glad when artists take inspiration from Deep Adaptation. There is no copyright or restriction on 'Deep Adaptation', but many people read it quickly and mistake the point. Deep Adaptation is a frame (in the George Lakoff sense) and a narrative for talking about climate change. It says:

  1. The science is telling us that climate change is speeding up, even if much of the media and government seems unaware.
  2. It is not just about changes in the weather but we should be thinking urgently about the consequences of climate change on our complex society.
  3. The consequences could be very dire and many people are in denial or paralysed by the prospect societal collapse.
  4. We might benefit by reflecting on all areas of life and asking the questions about Relinquishment, Restoration, Resilience, and Reconciliation (as detailed in the paper).

You could list your opus on the Deep Adaptation Forum which has a page for that purpose.

I want to talk about Prof. Bendell's previous work in economics / monetary systems

Jem is no longer working specifically on economics, blockchain, monetary reform or complementary currencies. All enquiries should be directed to his Money & Society MOOC co-author, 'complementary currency engineer' Matthew Slater.

I want to talk about Prof. Bendell's previous work in CSR

Jem is no longer working directly on corporate responsibility. In 2020 he may publish some ideas on what corporate leaders could do on deep adaptation.





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