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Tom Wessels: Self-Organization, Co-Evolution, Resiliency, and Stability

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


Please join The Resilience Hub and Maine Coast Waldorf School in welcoming special guest Tom Wessels, a leader in our region on the topic of “Reading the Forested Landscape”. Tom will present his new program entitled “Self-organization, Co-evolution, Resiliency, and Stability”. A one hour presentation with questions and discussion will be followed by an interpretive walk that will highlight examples from the presentation and landscape disturbance histories.

Self-organization is a natural process—that, as a system grows it also
becomes more complex. The complexity is derived from the components of the system, such as species in an ecosystem which become ever more specialized through time and tightly integrated together creating systems that are energy efficient, resilient, and stable. The talk will focus on how
this process works in ecosystems via co-evolution to generate the
incredible biodiversity we see in nature. Many examples of regional
co-evolved relationships will be used to illustrate how co-evolution
works. Tom will show how this process is a wonderful model for
creating sustainable human systems.

Tom’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

8:30 Gather at Maine Coast Waldorf School (participants will receive more location details closer to the event)

9:00 – 10:00 Short lecture followed by questions and discussion

10:00 – 1:00 Interpretive hike in nearby woods. Please dress in layers for any weather we may experience.

1:00 Closing

Coffee, tea and handouts provided.

If the cost of this workshop is not affordable for you, please get in touch with The Resilience Hub (https://www.meetup.com/maine-permaculture/events/261623398/) about scholarship or barter opportunities.

More About Tom Wessels: Tom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. Presently, he is Faculty Emeritus. Tom has conducted landscape ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years.
His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape.


September 28, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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