Deep Adaptation and the 4R’s Framework

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The purpose of this paper is to share my understanding of Positive Deep Adaptation, and to inspire you to reflect on your answers to the 4R questions.

Positive Deep Adaptation is an idea, a community and an agenda initially created by Professor Jem Bendell to help us to reflect on useful activities, cultural norms, values and behaviours now. People who share the PDA narrative accept that societal and economic ‘collapse’ is now likely, inevitable or already unfolding.

Mitigation is about anything we do to ‘turn things around’ so that we achieve our carbon-emissions targets and continue with business as usual. That’s important too, in that there are mitigation strategies that will at least avoid making things worse, or slowing down the worst effects.

Adaptation refers to those things we do to prepare for the conditions that we know are coming, but most people are still in denial about. Good examples are building sea-walls, changing buildings to cope with different temperatures, food and water security, and re-wilding or permaculture.

DEEP adaptation is about asking some fundamental and profound questions about who we are, what’s most important and how we choose to live now. It includes psycho-spiritual approaches that deepen our resilience. And starting now to build resilient, deeply connected local communities.

The New Normal

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At the end of March 2020, I published a blog called “The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus?”, which you can read here if you missed it:

The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus

A month on, how are we all doing now?

Are you noticing some of these gifts yourself?

Or are you just desperate for life to return to “normal”? If the latter, you are apparently in a minority in Britain.

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The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus

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This weekend saw me facilitating my first pandemic survival review completely virtually.

The group and I met on zoom for several two-hour periods over the weekend, interspersed with periods of reflection and ‘homework’ that people did on their own. Sometimes we broke into smaller groups, again on zoom, to explore particular themes.

It all worked much better than I thought it would (I have always been a “being-in-the-same-room-junkie” type of girl!)

One of the themes we explored, of course, was the Coronavirus pandemic, and how we could stay conscious, kind, aware, compassionate and safe (with Full face protection gear) in the face of this unprecedented situation.

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We asked ourselves the question: “What are the hidden or invisible gifts in all this?”