Re-entering the Wild: Disruption, Resilience, and Empathy in the Emerging Worldwith Ian Ramsey Friday, November 5, 20217 to 9 pmHeld Online
Re-entering the Wild: Disruption, Resilience, and Empathy in the Emerging World
with Ian Ramsey
Friday, November 5, 2021
7 to 9 pm
Held Online via Zoom
Members $15, Non-Members $20
As we emerge from Covid, everything is on the table for good and bad: a potential climate apocalypse, unprecedented progress in human rights and science, definitions of gender, digital automation. It may be that this virus was merely the opening scene in a story that, from this angle, seems almost unimaginable. As our twentieth-century institutions increasingly fail to adapt to the accelerating exponential change of the twenty-first century, we are called upon- individually and collectively- to adapt, to create, and to navigate a new world. In an age of technological hypnosis and fluctuating polemics, it seems an impossible task, but is this different from our ancestors who set out barefoot across continents or in small boats across unknown oceans? Could it be that, with the hard yards of ten thousand generations and their stories deep in our bones, we are built for this? Combining mythology, neuroscience, ecology, psychology, and poetry, writer and educator Ian Ramsey will discuss how we are re-entering the wild that countless generations of our ancestors inhabited, and how it may hold the seeds of our next evolutionary leap. How such a journey needs more than fluffy optimism but requires a gritty activism of the soul, and the imagination to dream a new world.
Ian Ramsey is a writer, educator, wilderness athlete, and musician. He directs the Kauffmann Program for Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration at North Yarmouth Academy, and is a founding board member of Physiology First, a nonprofit that gives students around the world tools to take control of their physiology and perform better. A published author, his book “Hackable Animal” will be published in 2022. A long-term backcountry traveler, ultrarunner, and climate change activist, he is dedicated to giving humans tools to flourish and live in accordance with the Earth.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST