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Forest of Thought

By Ingrid M. Rieser
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13. The architect and the garden // PETER LYNCH

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14. Covid, climate and emergency politics // MIKE HULME
What can the covid pandemic teach us about handling the climate crisis? We’ve seen that governments have not hesitated to take bold action when faced with this virus, by going into lockdowns and declaring states of emergency. Should we respond in a similar way to climate change? Or does emergency politics risk narrowing our field of view and undermine our democracies? Joining us in the Forest of Thought is Professor of Human Geography Mike Hulme. Mike Hulme is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College. His work explores the idea of climate change using historical, cultural and scientific analyses, investigating the numerous ways in which climate change is deployed in public and political discourse. He has just released his latest book ‘Climate Change’, which is part of the Routledge Key Ideas in Geography book series. LINKS: Mike Hulme’s blog on re-socialisation after the pandemic: https://mikehulme.org/re-socialising-a-vaccinated-world-requires-political-struggle/ Mike’s latest book : https://www.routledge.com/Climate-Change/Hulme/p/book/9780367422035 Niels Gilman’s article on avocado politics: https://thebreakthrough.org/journal/no-12-winter-2020/avocado-politics ‘Emergency politics is dangerous’ article by Mike Hulme: https://issues.org/climate-emergency-politics-is-dangerous/ Forthcoming book by Taylor Dotson: ‘The Divide: How Fanatical Certitude is Destroying Democracy’.
01:11:05
August 30, 2021
13. The architect and the garden // PETER LYNCH
What is the true task of the architect? In this episode we talk to Peter Lynch about what the role of architecture really is. Can we create spaces that are more hospitable to both humans and other living beings? How can we truly get to know places – and the mysteries hidden beneath them? What is architecture's hidden spiritual dimension, and what does it take to create spaces more beautiful than we could have imagined? Peter Lynch is an architect, and recently a guest professor at KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm. He has founded and directed architecture offices in New York, Detroit, Shenzhen, and Beijing, and has decades of experience of teaching architecture students in the United States and Sweden. Find him at https://buildingculture.se READING LIST & LINKS: Peter Lynch’s website, with three lectures that touch on many of the topics of the episode: https://buildingculture.se/three-lectures-on-landscape/ A further description of Peter's Timescape Gardens project in Norrköping: https://buildingculture.se/timescape-garden/ Dancer Anna Asplind’s website: annaasplind.se Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community (1990) Gilles Clément (gardener/landscape designer), essays on his website http://www.gillesclement.com/index.php Christophe Girot, "Four Trace Concepts in Landscape Architecture" in James Corner ed., Recovering Landscape (1999) Francois Jullien, Living Off Landscape (2014) Stanislaus Fung, "Movement and Stillness in Ming Writings on Gardens" in Michel Conan, ed., Landscape Design and the Experience of Motion (2003) Martin Buber, Between Man and Man (1947) Find more information and all episodes at: forestofthought.com Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/forestofthought Share and subscribe. We're available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought Our theme music is by Christian Holtsteen at stoneproduction.no. Keywords: philosophy, ideas, Peter Lynch, architecture, Giorgio Agamben, landscapes, singularity, landscape architecture, Japanese gardens
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June 18, 2021
12. On fermentation and cultural activism // EVA BAKKESLETT
Words like culture and aesthetics make us think of grand museums and concert halls. But what if there is a deeper meaning to these words that we’ve forgotten? Meanings that are more grounded, more sensual and somehow related to the song of earthworms at work in our soil? And how do you learn to speak the secret language of microbes? We explore all of this and more in this episode with artist and cultural activist Eva Bakkeslett. Eva Bakkeslett is an artist, filmmaker, curator and cultural activist exploring the potential for social change through gentle actions. Her practice often combines film, participatory events and workshops where she creates spaces and experiences that challenge our thinking and unravel newnarratives. Fermentation as a process and metaphor is central to her work and is often communicated in the form of socially engaged and inclusive projects.  She mediates relationships between humans, nature and culture as a living organism and explores ways ofreconnecting to our senses, to non-human life and ancient, deeply rooted knowledge. Eva believes that the abstract, elusive, poetic, aesthetic and imaginary power of art is vital to this reconnection. Eva shows, lectures and performs her work worldwide and her films have been screened in numerous film festivals and art events. As a curator, she has focused on the connection between art and ecology through Gentle Actions at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, in 2010, the Repair program at gallery ROM, Oslo in 2016-17 and in her most recent project The Conference of the Birds 2018-23. Eva has an MA in Art & Ecology from Dartington College of Art in England, and lives on Engeløya in North Norway. There she has created an Artist Residency program and a guest studio as a platform for aesthetic collaborations and enquiry, founded in ecological and interconnected thinking and working. LINKS! Eva’s website: http://www.evabakkeslett.com Worm works exhibition: https://www.evabakkeslett.com/projects/biodiversity-bacterial-cultures-extraterrestial-wormworks/ Eva’s home and residency on Engelöya: https://agencyofimagination.org Conference of the Birds: https://theconferenceofthebirds.net Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/forestofthought Share and subscribe. We’re available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought Our theme music is by Christian Holtsteen at stoneproduction.no
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May 18, 2021
11. Imaginations of Control // ANDY STIRLING
When our societies are faced with challenges we often call on science to provide us with the best course of action; we strive to make evidence-based decisions. But what assumptions are hiding behind this recipe for decision-making? And how can taking control of a situation reduce our capacity for responding with care? We delve back into the Forest of Thought today with Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the STEPS Centre, UK. Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex. He co-directs the STEPS Centre, which looks at social, technological and environmental pathways to sustainability. Andy’s research focusses on understanding science and technology in relation to issues of power, uncertainty and diversity. LINKS: A video talk and blog post by Andy on modernity, the pandemic and the futilities of control: https://steps-centre.org/news/andy-stirling-on-covid-19-modernity-and-control-video/ Andy’s 4-part blog series on responding to climate disruption with caring struggle rather than technocratic control: https://steps-centre.org/blog/is-the-naming-of-climate-change-a-dangerous-self-defeat/ A lecture by Andy on uncertainty and power in science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDfQ3fIKygQ Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/forestofthought . Share and subscribe. We’re available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought  Our theme music is by Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no.
01:09:44
April 23, 2021
10. The stories we tell // SEASON FINALE WITH HOST INGRID M. RIESER
Goodbye 2020, hello 2021. How do we start to make sense of one of the most turbulent, transformative and chaotic years in recent history? We’re always telling – and listening to – stories in order to make sense of the world around us. In this episode we explore how those narratives take shape and evolve over time, with the help of a journey to Ukraine. We also ask how we become better navigators in our ever-changing and messy world of ideas. This is a reflective session with wandering host Ingrid Rieser, providing retrospective end to the first of season of the Forest of Thought. LINKS: Hollywood-version of Gareth Jones’ story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06ahxhdTV8Y .  Full interview with Per Johansson: https://forestofthought.com/e05-an-ecology-of-ideas-per-johansson/ . Full interview with Keri Facer: https://forestofthought.com/e03-playing-with-time-keri-facer/ . Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/297355/rilkes-book-of-hours-by-anita-barrows/ . Solar radiation management, geoengineering in Kiruna, Sweden: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pandemic-leads-geoengineering-experiment-to-move-from-u-s-to-sweden/ . Support us on Patreon!: patreon.com/forestofthought . Share and subscribe. We're available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought Our theme music is by Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no.
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January 7, 2021
9. Until we all are free // CRYSTAL VANCE GUERRA & VICTOR MENOTTI
The US has been through several extremely turbulent months, and we’ve been yearning for deeper and more genuine conversations on these developments. What does this time of upheaval and polarization mean for the USA? How do questions of race and class connect? What are we learning about power and corruption – and what does it really mean to be free? In this special edition of the Forest of Thought we speak to historian and community organizer Crystal Vance Guerra, and policy analyst and activist Victor Menotti. Crystal Vance Guerra is a Mexican-American/Chicano historian, journalist, educator and community organiser from Chicago. She has lived and worked in Latin-America for several years, most recently on conservation in Honduras. Victor Menotti is Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute and works with governments, businesses and civil society on a range of economic and environmental issues. He lives in Bratislava, Slovakia. Links from Crystal Vance Guerra: On Abolition: level.medium.com/so-youre-thinking-about-becoming-an-abolitionist-a436f8e31894 . Essential reading on mass incarceration: www.usprisonculture.com/blog/essential-pic-reading-list/ . Movement work and mutual aid in the US: https://truthout.org/series/movement-memos/ . Links from Victor Menotti: Four Ds Of Oil’s Just Transition: stanleycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CCAI-FourDsOfOilsJustTransition92820.pdf . Links to some of Victor’s papers: www.oaklandinstitute.org/about/people/victor-menotti . Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/forestofthought .  Share and subscribe. We're available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought Our theme music is by Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no.
01:04:30
December 4, 2020
8. The conversational arts // PERNILLA GLASER
What are really good conversations made of? And how is a dialogue similar to a work of art? In this episode I speak to facilitator, theatre director and writer Pernilla Glaser to explore the transformative power conversations, and discuss why we’re both obsessed with them. Pernilla Glaser runs the company Boiler and works at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), developing methods and leading processes within the areas of art, learning and complexity. She is also a writer, and began her career as award-winning theatre director. Now she brings the creativity and playfulness of artistic practice into all kinds of learning processes. That can mean facilitating workshops that help people collaborate across disciplines, or coaching change processes within organisations, or working with other facilitators on how to develop their skills. Central to all her work is how we can have transformative conversations, with and without words. LINKS AND FURTHER READING Pernilla’s company: www.boiler.one . Conversations hosted by Boiler: https://vimeo.com/user111347854 . Translating Difference: Making community through play (2020) by Pernilla Glaser. Navigating Complexity (2020). Report for RISE by Pernilla Glaser and Lisa Carlgren: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1459999/FULLTEXT01.pdf . Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/forestofthought Share and subscribe. We're available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought Keywords: Pernilla Glaser, conversations, dialogue collaboration, facilitation, coaching change, process facilitation, complexity, emergence, changing organisations
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November 6, 2020
7. Tree teachings // PER INGVAR HAUKELAND
It’s always hard to talk about our connection to "nature" because the wording already implies that nature is something other than ourselves. In this episode we talk to eco-philosopher Per Ingvar Haukeland about what a deeper engagement with the world would mean, and how we bring the aliveness of life itself into everything we do. We also delve into the power of trees, the deep ecology movement, and Per Ingvar’s work with the legendary climber and philosopher Arne Næss. Per Ingvar Haukeland is an ecophilosopher and community activist, and a professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He studies how tradition and innovation can be brought together to revitalize the relationship between culture and the living land, and uses storytelling, eco-entrepreneurship, handicrafts and outdoor education as methods in his work. LINKS AND FURTHER READING: Life’s philosophy: reason and feeling in a deeper world (2002) written with Arne Næss. Deep Joy: Into deep ecology (2008) written with Arne Næss (English translation to be published this year). Alliance for Wild Ethics: https://wildethics.org/the-alliance/ . Per Ingvar’s research: www.usn.no/english/about/contact-us/employees/per-ingvar-haukeland . OpenAirPhilsophy – a collection of philosophers Arne Naess, Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng, and Peter Wessel Zapffe's works:  https://openairphilosophy.org The Spell of the Sensuous (1996) by David Abram. Animate Earth (2006) by Stephan Harding. What we think about when we try to not think about climate change (2015) by Per Espen Stoknes. In Norwegian: Himmeljorden: Om det av Gud i Naturen (2010) by Per Ingvar Haukeland. Keywords: Per Ingvar Haukeland, Arne Næss, deep ecology, ecosophy, ecophilosophy, wild ethics, reconnection, outdoor life, eco-pedagogy.
01:04:41
October 16, 2020
6. The map and the territory // ULF DANIELSSON
A wide-ranging conversation with astrophysicist Prof. Ulf Danielsson on how we understand this universe and why we keep confusing our maps with the territory. We also hear about a life-changing comet, a secret promise and why conscious machines are highly unlikely. Ulf Danielsson is professor of theoretical physics at Uppsala University, with a special research interest in dark energy and string theory. He has participated in countless radio and TV shows and written several popular science books on topics ranging from the history and philosophy of science to climate change. LINKS: Ulf’s website: ulfdanielsson.com/research/ . Ted Talk ‘Why the World is for Real’: https://youtu.be/9ciSyQ6Lzgk . SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: M. Johnson G. Lakoff Philosophy in the flesh (1991) A. Damasio Descartes Error (1994) T. Nagel The View from Nowhere (1986) (Ulf refers to Nagel’s paper, “What is it like to be a bat?”) Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/forestofthought. Share and subscribe. We're available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought
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September 25, 2020
5. An ecology of ideas // PER JOHANSSON
What is this this mysterious thing we call “an idea”? What is its nature and power? We posed these questions to human ecologist and historian of ideas Per Johansson, who had some unexpected and intriguing answers. Join us in our latest adventure into the Forest of Thought! Per has a PhD in human ecology, and a BA in the history of science and ideas. In 2007 he left his post as senior lecturer at Lund university and has since then been active as a speaker, analyst, writer, consultant, and maker of podcast shows. His podcast series with prize-winning radio and culture journalist Eric Schüldt have reached something of a cult status in Sweden: Människan och maskinen (for Swedish national radio), Kunskapens träd and Myter & Mysterier (independent). His main concern is to turn our Western mentality around and base our both personal and advanced forms of understanding on actual experiences and sensations, rather than on conceptual representations. LINKS: Per’s website: diakrino-perjohansson.blogspot.com  Människan och maskinen (Swedish): sverigesradio.se/manniskanochmaskinen  Kunskapens träd, Myter och mysterier (Swedish): myterochmysterier.se  SUGGESTED READINGS FROM PER: Randall Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. Alfred Gell, Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Siegfried Zielinski, Deep Time of the Media: Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means. Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution. Per Johansson, The Lure of Origins: https://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/4580518/912853.pdf . It's now possible to support us on Patreon! Visit patreon.com/forestofthought Share and subscribe. We're available on most podcast apps, including: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ue3XA6IQQLC05FQMINuy1 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/forest-of…/id1508610729 Links to all platforms: https://anchor.fm/forestofthought
01:20:53
September 4, 2020
4. A world of many worlds // DOUGALD HINE
The big story of never-ending Progress has captured our imaginations for hundreds of years. But now we seem to be witnessing its unravelling. The search for other stories is no longer a fringe activity, but taking place in all parts of society. What do we want to keep from this story, and what do we leave behind? In this episode we explore the idea of Progress together with writer Dougald Hine. Ten years ago, Dougald co-founded The Dark Mountain Project, which has grown into world-wide community of artists and writers. He and his partner Anna Björkman now run A School Called Home, a learning community for those drawn to the work of regrowing a living culture. He also podcasts together with futurist Ed Gillespie at The Great Humbling.  LINKS TO THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT: Dougald’s site: dougald.nu. A School Called Home: aschoolcalledhome.org. The Dark Mountain Project: dark-mountain.net. The Great Humbling: thegreathumbling.libsyn.com. Dougald’s interview with Vanessa Andreotti: dougald.nu/the-vital-compass-a-conversation-with-vanessa-andreotti/ . Walter Mignolo: The Darker Side of Western Modernity: www.dukeupress.edu/The-Darker-Side-of-Western-Modernity/ . A World of Many Worlds, ed. Marisol de la Cadena and Mario Blaser: www.dukeupress.edu/a-world-of-many-worlds . The Zapatista Movement: www.thoughtco.com/zapatistas-4707696. Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution: onestrawrevolution.net. Follow us and stay in touch! Facebook and Instagram handle: @forestofthought . Web: forestofthought.com. Email: ingrid@forestofthought.com. MUSIC by Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no.
51:41
June 25, 2020
3. Playing with time // KERI FACER
“The Future." We say the words all the time, but what do we really mean? How do our stories about yesterday and today help shape tomorrow? Could a different idea of the future change the present? And how are we all entangled in the mysterious process of bringing the future into being?! Join us for a session of playing with time, with Professor Keri Facer. Keri Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol and Visiting Zennström professor of Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University. She’s spent years working on the relationship between education and the future, at the moment she’s particularly interested learning practices that respond to disruptive change with care, fairness and hope. LINKS TO THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT: Keri’s blog: https://kerifacer.wordpress.com . Keri’s quoted lecture on “Beyond Oil” [first 30 minutes] https://youtu.be/2ozRHiL77VI . A talk Keri gave on universities, climate change and futures: http://media.medfarm.uu.se/play/video/9204 . Philosopher Ruth Levitas’ book, Utopia as Method: https://tinyurl.com/yc8yzyow . Vanessa Andreotti and Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (Researchers/Artists Collective): https://decolonialfutures.net . Sociologist Margaret Archer: https://tinyurl.com/ya8scck6 . Critical theorist Ernst Bloch: https://tinyurl.com/y7lucayf . East Coker poem by T.S. Eliot: https://allpoetry.com/Four-Quartets-2:-East-Coker . Follow us and stay in touch! Facebook and Instagram handle: @forestofthought . Web: forestofthought.com . Email: ingrid@forestofthought.com . MUSIC by Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no .
55:15
June 3, 2020
2. The Great Unveiling // PELLA THIEL
What is the corona crisis revealing to us – about our societies and about ourselves? Join us in conversation with activist and ecologist Pella Thiel as we discuss the deeper meaning of apocalypse, and how it is interwoven with hope and desire. Share and subscribe! Share your thoughts and stay in touch via FB, IG or at forestofthought.com LINKS TO THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT: About Pella: pellathiel.se. Swedish Transition Network: omstallning.net. Charles Eisenstein’s essay on corona: charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation/. Writer and thinker Dougald Hine has a new podcast with Ed Gillespie: thegreathumbling.libsyn.com. Eco-psychologist Joana Macy: https://www.activehope.info. MUSIC by Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no
53:03
May 12, 2020
1. A very convincing game // TIMOTHÉE PARRIQUE
Welcome to the new podcast, Forest of Thought! We hope to have conversations that explore the ideas we live by – re-examining the familiar and catching glimpses of the new. Read more at forestofthought.com. In today's episode we speak to economist Tim Parrique to explore what the mode of thinking called "economic rationality" really means, and how the logic of our economies might be changing as we move deeper into the corona crisis. What happens when we press "pause" on the game of the economy – a game that we forgot that we ourselves invented? SOURCES: Read Tim's thesis "The Political Economy of Degrowth" for free here: https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-02499463/document MUSIC by the talented Christian Steen at stoneproduction.no
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April 17, 2020