Danny Almagor on Deep Adaptation
We are at the face of ecological and systemic collapse. Students are taking to the streets. Businesses are encouraging their teams to strike. Baby-boomers are beginning to realise that younger generations are serious about caring - caring for their work making a difference, caring for community, caring for something bigger than themselves. There is a change of consciousness in the air. We’re waking up. We can see the old guard of patriarchal power in governments and corporations holding on for dear life as a tidal wave of more regenerative thinking builds, yet it’s a complex journey ahead.
We need whole systems redesign, and we need it yesterday. Greta Thunberg is breaking our hearts as we realise that we’re letting her down. We’re letting her generation down and they’re not going to forgive us. The pendulum swings between hope and fear with every news article we read, politician’s speech we hear or neighbour we speak to.
At this special evening of connection and deeper discussion, we will explore together:
• How do we process the deep shock and grief which comes with the realisation of what the planet is facing?
• How do we step into a deeper conversation with our families about what our future might look like?
• How do we galvanise positivity while also sitting in our reality? How do we break the paralysis so many of us feel and shift gear into regenerative ways of being in the world?
This special event will discuss how we respond to the urgency of the global climate crisis and deal with both the practical reality we are experiencing, and the psychological and spiritual journey we must go on to adapt in the face of a rapidly changing world.
6.30 pm Doors Open
7.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
7.15 pm Key Idea 1 & conversation
7.45 pm Key Idea 2 & conversation
8.15 pm Key Idea 3 & conversation
9.00 pm Event Concludes & Farewell
'Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?'
― Mary Oliver
About Danny Almagor
Danny Almagor is CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with Berry Liberman (who is also his wife) to effect social and environmental change through business, and Australia's first B Corporation.
Danny was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia and is the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group. He has served on numerous boards, including many of the Small Giants family of businesses, such as Tom Organic, The School of Life, Dumbo Feather, The Cape ecovillage, Beyond and more, as well as over a dozen non profit boards and advisories councils. Danny has been recognised through many awards including a Churchill Fellowship, RMIT Alumnus of the Year, EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year, UN PRI Social Investment Pioneer and the Medal of the Order of Australia.
He has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration, a Certificate IV in outdoor education and he did a half day beekeeping course many years ago. He loves to read, talk about philosophy, garden, travel and jump on the trampoline with his three kids.
About Eleanor Gammell - co-facilitator
Eleanor Gammell is the Managing Director at The School of Life Australia.
With a background in art history and gallery management, and now overseeing TSOL Australia, Eleanor’s career has focused on the accessibility of cultural disciplines and connection through meaningful conversation.
Eleanor leads The School of Life teams in Sydney and Melbourne, manages our collaborative cultural partnerships, and curates our program. She sees philosophy, art history, literature and other cultural disciplines as lenses through which we can explore deeper connection and self-awareness.
Beginning her career managing Australian Galleries in Sydney, Eleanor has staged major exhibitions with some of Australia's most significant contemporary artists. Following this, she moved to New York to establish a contemporary exhibition program with Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery. More recently, Eleanor managed the privately owned contemporary Indigenous art collection of the Laverty family, and also headed acquisitions for Sculpture by the Sea - Australia's largest outdoor exhibition attracting half a million visitors each year. During this time, she also established a virtual exhibition platform with the Google Cultural Institute.