Friday, July 29, 2011

LANGUAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY class in Anchorage, August 2, 2011

The Post Sustainability Institute of Alaska presents


An introduction to buzzwords and legal terminology used in community development planning. Explore pop culture, etymology, history, social science and economic implications of sustainable development worldwide.

Instructors: Niki Raapana & Nordica Friedrich

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: A Street Event Hall Ballroom
637 A Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
Located at 7th and A street very near downtown.
Across from The Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Fee: $40, includes class materials

Please rsvp with Nordica Friedrich
Phone: (907) 433-9381


Anonymous said...

Break a leg, ladies!!!


Bobby Garner said...

"Post-sustainability: the condition of environmental, political, social, and economic systems after the imposition of Communitarianism." -

"Sustainability is communicated through many different channels in many different ways for many different reasons. It is received by many different people in many different contexts and is interpreted according to the hat that that person is wearing." - The Language of Sustainability

"Whether we're working in internal management teams, or more broadly communicating to the public, to create a world that works for all, we need to change the language we use to frame our mindset. Language has real power. It communicates the concepts that shape thought, and, as such, we need to be vigilant about the terms we use.

George Lakoff of the University of California at Berkeley has contributed some brilliant work on the framing of language. In Lakoff's definition,

"frames are mental structures that shape the way we see the world . . . the goals we seek, the plans we make, the way we act, and what counts as a good or bad outcome of our actions . . . Reframing is changing the way the public sees the world. It is changing what counts as common sense.

". . . Framing is about getting language that fits your worldview. It is not just language. The idea is primary -- and the language carries those ideas, evokes those ideas." - The Language of Sustainability: Why Words Matter

"A Pattern Language of Sustainability, Ecological design and Permaculture, By Joanne Tippett, April, 1994" -

Credentials of a Permaculture Design Facilitator: "a sustainable community development specialist or “Permaculture Aid Worker” with 20 years of field project experience" - Permaculture Design Course

Anonymous said...

Hope things went well with your seminar. Probably a good warm-up before your trip to Cali.

No matter how much the PTB sugarcoat communitarianism, it is just a placebo. Cures nothing and the disease just gets worse.

Try to have some fun along the way and you can tell me about your successes when you get back.


Anonymous said...

you might be interested in the Sustainability Lexicon project being conducted by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals - ISSP.

see this link: