Participants may submit one or more proposals for short general session talks, breakout workshop sessions, or a single-themed track that would include a short general session talk followed by one or more workshop sessions. All proposals are reviewed by the conference planning committee.
Powerful general session talks will be short, make one relevant point or tell one relevant story. Talks will be video recorded and uploaded to YouTube, as time allows. Prospective speakers may view TED talks for examples of what can be effectively done within the various time options.
The premise of the conference is that we are in the midst of a major cultural change due to various factors including peak oil, environmental degradation, climate change, money and debt, etc.
The guiding question for the conference to answer is:
Given the limits of environment, energy, climate and economy, what vision of a sustainable/restorative, more local future excites and energizes you?
In order to create a vision the conference will require talks, workshops, and/or tracks that address one of the following questions:
1. Where are we now? What is our current situation? 2. How did we get here? What can we learn from the past so as not to repeat? 3. Where are we headed? What things appear unavoidable? 4. What feels exciting and energizing to do, individually and collectively to respond to what appears unavoidable? 5. What is our preferred outcome or vision given the current situation? 6. What can we do to maximize the probability that both individually and collectively we will be part of creating more and more of our preferred outcome?