THE adjacent possible Workshop
"In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the 'experts'
find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists."
- Eric Hoffer
From November 9th to the 12th, 2021, The Center for Emergent Diplomacy is offering a virtual workshop emerging from collaboration with the Integrative Peacebuilding Network in Ottawa, Canada. The workshop consists of 4 1/2 days of mini-lectures and participatory exercises, where participants learn to lead conversations that result in emergent systemic strategies for dealing with climate change. Founder and Executive Director Dr. Merle Lefkoff will be the lead facilitator.
Climate change is an existential threat to human civilization as global warming and species
extinction continue to accelerate, rapidly out-pacing present global security and the climate
models calculating the risks to our living systems. “Integrative Peacebuilding” themes address
the need to minimize human suffering in conflict zones, now increasingly facing the “multiplier”
effects of extreme weather on food and health insecurity. Applying the “Comprehensive
Approach” to these unprecedented problems challenges all levels of government, from
Aboriginal Affairs to Agriculture, from Human Rights to Immigration, from Global Affairs to the
Canadian Forces-- to transform from siloed policymaking to cooperative problem-solving. This
course is designed to train leaders to facilitate inclusive meetings (including civil society
institutions and leaders) that navigate potential policy solutions addressing the future of
international diplomacy and foreign policy in a present and future environment more uncertain
Dr. Merle Lefkoff, with decades of experience as an international mediator and facilitator
introduces a new method for collective problem-solving called “the Adjacent Possible” or
“TAP”. Drawn from Complexity science, the name is in reference to breakthrough ideas waiting
in the wings to be uncovered in order to provide unprecedented and scalable ideas for how to
anticipate and prepare for the unknown future. We learn how to turn the best new ideas into
actionable policy initiatives to insure a peaceful adaptation to living with nature on an altered
planet. Combining mini-lectures, suggested readings, participatory exercises, and opportunities
for practicing together on Zoom, we will dialogue deeply about the consequences for
international stability from new trade wars, resource wars, mass migration, and if there is
interest the heightened possibility of nuclear war resulting from the new arms race tied to
*Understand the core principles of Complexity science and Integrative Peacebuilding.
*Expand knowledge of the major risks to peace and national security from global warming.
*Learn how to facilitate a “TAP” problem-solving meeting.
*Discuss and practice the skills necessary to facilitate a comprehensive and systemic approach
to the policies needed to secure a peaceful transition to living on future Earth.