The free DA Forum has been co-created by volunteers and a small team of passionate freelancers. The Deep Adaptation Forum core team consists of the following 4 people:
Cat is a Christian, a student of digital theology, and mother of twin 14yearolds. She’s struck by the parallels between Christlike behaviour, and the loving responses to crisis called for by DAF. Based in the Isle of Man, she’s also a writer, campaigner and works/volunteers for NGOs including www.Positive.News and www.catj.org.uk.
Much of her career was in offshore finance; it took longer than it ought for her to wake up to the damage done by unjust tax practices. She’s been an investment manager, regulator, lecturer, and author – and in recent decades, increasingly involved in social and environmental justice.
Cat’s the stereotypical cat-lady, sharing her home with a rising tide of assorted felines and seemingly rarely comes home without an addition to the ‘family’. Often apparently busy but secretly very lazy, her favourite pursuits are pottering in her ‘sharing garden’, where passers-by are invited to help themselves to any produce they need, reading (anything from bus tickets to academic papers, it’s the eye movement that soothes her) and pretending she can’t move to do the housework because to do so would wake a sleeping cat.
Cat is a recovered alcoholic, recovered offshore finance specialist and recovered one-woman consumer boom: these three things are not unrelated, but that’s a longer story….
Cat is responsible for the website, blog, internal bulletins, and a communications strategy for DAF. She’s very approachable.
Igor is a Master of cultural studies, has a PhD in social philosophy, is a community trainer, writer and a board member of Russian Ecovillage and Eco-initiative Union (GEN-Russia). During the last years Igor was immersed deeply into ecophilosophy and anticipation of civilizational collapse, as well as the world beyond it. In his first essay around this topic Igor wrote: “People tend to stick to the existing picture of the world and follow social norms to the last, people hope and cling to the habitual. Paradoxically, even in a situation of crisis it turns out that it is easier to be optimistic than to recognize the catastrophe”
For a few years Igor has facilitated events such as “Seeds of action. Post-apocalyptic hopelessness and hope”, “Post-crisis immersion” and the “New story of the Earth” transformative course, which included the Deep Adaptation four questions. Now Igor is joining the DAF team in order to strengthen an international web of people, who are ready to face the reality, to process what comes and to act with courage and compassion.
The overarching aim of these tasks is to promote and develop the practice of facilitation as it relates to Deep Adaptation; supporting people in enabling and embodying loving responses to our predicament.
Tom is a husband and father; a resident of Brooklyn, NYC; equally as happy on his bicycle, especially on temperate days, as at home in bed with a book. He has lived in a few different U.S. states and has had two stints abroad. He once turned down a position in Mali and ended up in Oklahoma instead, but the relationship that caused this rerouting was worth it and continues to this day. He has helped raise funding for half a dozen non-profit organisations, the longest of which was the International Rescue Committee, and issues of migration and borders, politics and human decency, interest and worry him. The start of the school climate strike movement inspired a sense that a far larger contingent of people of all ages cared about how the planet was being treated. Interacting with communities of like-minded activists, especially those pondering internal, interpersonal, and practical adaptations to our predicament, has been a deeply gratifying outcome.
Tom’s overarching aim is to seek diverse and ongoing funding streams to support DAF administration and activities through working with a team of volunteers with skills and expertise in the area of fundraising. Mechanisms for securing income may include (but not be limited to):
The following areas of responsibility can and will change during the course of the work, with major changes needing to be agreed with the CTC first:
Dorian curates the DAF Professions’ Network on a day-to-day basis; liaises with Interest Group and Task Group leaders, including managing the process of launching either; carries out quickly-applicable research on how to design better collaborative work processes; and oversees capacity-building activities for Task Groups. Through his work and PhD research, Dorian intends to help develop the Deep Adaptation Forum into the foundation of an international mass movement, focusing on peaceful responses to the climate and ecological crises we face – and the collapses that are likely to unfold. Simultaneously, he wants to develop his skills in the field of self-organised group facilitation and contribute to scholarship on the role of mutual and social learning within such processes.
The overall aim of these tasks is to help bring together the volunteer-led efforts and initiatives that are emerging throughout Deep Adaptation Forum groups and spaces, explore synergies and initiate new collaborations, with a special focus on enabling and nurturing a self-organising collaborative ecosystem. This includes paying attention to the technical infrastructure underlying this social network, and how it may evolve to better fulfil its functions.
Areas of Responsibility
Professions’ Network Curation & Coordination
DAF Project Coordination
Core Team Coordinator
Kat was educated in Environmental Science and dedicated the first part of her career to environmental restoration and sustainability initiatives. Recognising the limitations of science in the current system, she transitioned to facilitation of shared decision-making around the natural environment, motivated by the building of social capital realised through these processes. Away from DAF, Kat runs a small community interest company that delivers projects in ecological restoration and the reconnection of communities with their natural environment. After joining DAF early in 2019, she quickly became an active volunteer and is involved in many DAF circles and groups. In Kat’s own words, she ‘came home’ when she found the Deep Adaption Forum. Having experienced the gift of this international community, Kat is deeply committed to supporting its development and evolution to ensure it remains available and relevant for others seeking a soft place to land as they wake up to our predicament.
The principal aims of these activities are to ensure the smooth operation of the Deep Adaptation Forum through effective coordination and support for all Core Team, and volunteer activities. The Coordinator is also responsible for budget forecasting and cash flow management with support from other Core Team Members and the Holding Group.
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