Basic Profile

Name:

Mike Bell

Organizational Title:

Core Team Member

Organization:

Comox Valley Keepers

City:

Comox

State/Province:

British Columbia

Zip/Postal Code:

V9M 1A5

Country:

Canada

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

We would like to expand our awareness of the impacts of climate change, especially because of coal mines, tar sands, pipelines, and fracking. We are also interested in the transitions to more sustainable and resilient alternatives.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

We live in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. The valley is one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. But the federal and provincial governments utilizing free trade agreements are opening up our valley to multinational resource extraction corporations. Governments are clamping down on local residents who object to these developments.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

We are small volunteer group dedicated to preserving the beauty of this valley, its ecosystems and its species. We are trying to develop an Earth democracy that recognizes the rights of all species and is engaged in preserving these rights.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

We recognize the need for a much broader perspective. We are seeking resources from the network that will help us make our community more aware of the impacts of climate change on the broader world. We are especially interested in examples of groups and organizations that are taking action to address climate change in their communities.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

Each member of our core group has a background and experience with community development. I have been influenced by Thomas Berry. I lived with him in a monastery and later in life he became a mentor. I lived in the Canadian Arctic for most of my professional life working with Inuit and Dene (Indian) communities. In the last ten years of Thomas Berry’s life I would travel several times a year to visit him in North Carolina; .

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

since the early 1980s

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme.

Also inspired to do this work by:

Inuit and “Dene Elders”. As an experienced community development worker I went to the Arctic in 1980 with my theories on organizational development that I hoped to use as a context . But they were useless in a cross-cultural setting. . At community meetings the elders would say, “Learn from the Land.” At first Ii thought their advice was quaint but irrelevant. But I discovered that it was the only real solution when I read Thomas Berry’s comment: ” The Universe is the only text without a context.” This coming together of Berry’s
thinking and the Elders teachings changed my life and sent me on a totally unexplored intellectual and spiritual path.

Call this work:

Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe, Cosmic Evolution, Evolutionaries

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

The work of Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim at Yale Univesity and Miriam Therese MacGillis’ work at Genesis Farm in New Jersey.

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Education, Government/Law, Religion/Spirituality, Ecology, Social Justice

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

” The universe it not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects.” Thomas Berry.

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” Teillard de Chardin .

Are you a teacher/professor?

No

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

Yes

If Yes, Programs Offered With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Programs in Schools and Colleges, Workshops/Seminars

Educational Products/Services:

No

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

A happily marred former monk and RC priest with a lifetime of community development work in the Canadian Arctic, Ameican inner cities and small Canadian communities.

Your other websites:

http://www.inukshukmanagement.ca