- Category: Green Works
Green Works and Cultivate present...
Friday 8th October 2010 | 20.00 - 22.00 | €10 (book online) / €5 for members / €Free to the unemployed | The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2 (map) | 01 674 5773
In this presentation and conversation Scottish author and campaigner Alastair McIntosh explores how we can nurture resilience in these challenging times. Resilience from a community point of view refers to the capacity of a community to cope with stress, overcome adversity and adapt to change positively.
Alastair is an Isle of Lewis-raised writer, broadcaster and campaigning academic best known for his work on land reform on Eigg and for developing human ecology as an applied academic discipline in Scotland. His book, Soil and Soul (Aurum Press, 2001), has been described as “world-changing” by George Monbiot, "life-changing" by the Bishop of Liverpool, and "truly mental" by musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Alastair’s other books include: Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition and Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality, a Schumacher Briefing.
Alastair’s work seeks to connect people, place and spirituality into a more full understanding of community. He sees global crises as crises of the human condition requiring evolution that is more cultural than political, economic or technical. Spirituality for him is “that which gives life” and specifically, “life as love made visible.” As a Quaker, he approaches this from both Christian and interfaith perspectives. Walter Wink has described him as, “in my opinion, and apparently in many others, one of the best theologians in Scotland today.” Others consider his views heretical, and in 1996 his teaching post at Edinburgh University was controversially axed in connection with his work challenging corporate and landed power. He lives with his wife, Vérène Nicolas, in the Greater Govan area of Glasgow, where he is a founding director of the GalGael Trust working with local people in hard-pressed circumstances.