Sustainability Cafe November 4: Carl Frankel

10/27/2004

Contributed by Marian Brown

Sustainability is a hugely important subject -- and a much misunderstood one as well. Does the current discourse about sustainability accurately capture the true nature of the challenge? Are there hidden links between self and sustainability? Is there a meta-strategy that will enable us to chart an accelerated course to sustainability?

On Thursday, November 4, in Klingenstein Lounge in the Campus Center from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m., noted author Carl Frankel will discuss these and related questions in a Sustainability Café presentation titled "Integral Sustainability: What It Means in Theory, and What It Means for You."

Frankel's remarks will draw on an integral model called the triad that is the basis of his recently published book, Out of the Labyrinth: Who We Are, How We Go Wrong, and What We Can Do about It. In his remarks, Frankel will address the above questions and also discuss the ways in which the triad resembles -- and differs from -- other integral models such as Ken Wilber's "Big Three" and Clare Graves's "Spiral Dynamics." There will be time for discussion following his remarks.

Frankel brings extensive on-the-ground experience to his views on sustainability, along with an integral overview. Please join us for what promises to be a very interesting discussion.

The Sustainability Café series is offered in conjunction with the Faculty Colloquium Series sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence. All Faculty Colloquium Series events and Sustainability Cafés are free and open to the entire College community. Bring a bag lunch; light snacks and beverages will be provided.

This Sustainability Café is cosponsored additionally by Sustainable Tompkins, the local community sustainability development organization that Ithaca College has helped to launch. Frankel will offer a master class for Sustainable Tompkins members later in the day on November 4.

A nationally known writer, journalist, consultant, and social entrepreneur, Carl Frankel is currently senior columnist with the U.S.-based magazine Green@Work. He has been North American editor for Tomorrow magazine and a contributing editor to Yes! The Journal of Positive Futures. Earlier, he was founder and editor of the trade newsletter Green MarketAlert. Among the social enterprises with which he works are The ManyOne Network and Community Benefit, LLC.

Frankel's 1998 book, In Earth's Company: Business, Environment, and the Challenge of Sustainability," has been called by noted environmentalist Paul Hawken "a book to guide and illuminate."

Contributed by Marian Brown

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