Practical Solutions for Sustainable Cities — since 1969



Resources and Links

Resources

Articles and Essays

Blogs

Elders Circle Gallery

Elders Circle Libraries

Media




Articles and Essays

From time to time, we create or discover relevant thought pieces about eldership, and share them here.


Title

Author

Date

Elder Wisdom in Context [PDF 109 KB]

Rudi Krause

Nov 2016

We Are Only As Old As We Feel [PDF 79 KB]

Patrick Wilke

July 2016

Reflections on Being a Wisdom Elder [PDF 119 KB]

Dr. Carole Christopher

July 2016

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

Sally McGrane, New York Times

Jan 29, 2016


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Blogs

We occasionally discover and share blog posts about eldership and elder wisdom.

Please send us your favourites!


Date

Author

Title

Nov 2016

Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante

Your Mortality is an Opportunity in Disguise

Aug 20, 2015

Ellen Moyer

Bridging the Geezer-Young Person Gap to Drive Climate Change Solutions


Elders Circle Gallery

The Gallery honours inspirational wisdom elders and a cornucopia of collected wisdom. Enjoy!

 

Dr. Ursula Franklin

Dr. Ursula Franklin was a Canadian wisdom elder, a champion for peace and justice, and a mentor to many.

 

Toronto Globe and Mail Obituary, Michael Valpy, July 26, 2016





“It’s the obligation of the powerful to be civilized.”
Ursula Franklin


Judy Graves

Judy Graves worked as an outreach worker and advocate to translate the street experience to policy-makers and the public. Her dedication and compassionate approach to homelessness helped initiate long-term solutions that have begun to create real change in the lives of Vancouver’s homeless people.

The City of Vancouver honoured Judy Graves—“the conscience of the city”—with the Freedom of the City award on January 23, 2014.


Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless in Vancouver



“The role of an advocate is to speak truth to power. I’m not there as a bureaucrat. I’m there to say, ‘There is something here that is important that you are not looking at. There are voices in a constituency whose voice is very difficult, a voice that whispers.’”
Judy Graves


David Suzuki

David Suzuki is a wisdom elder, change leader, scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster.


An elder's vision for our sustainable future

Force of Nature





“Spirituality may be our chiefest local adaptation – the means by which we touch the sacred, hold together against disintegration.”
David Suzuki, The Sacred Balance


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Elders Circle Libraries

Browse our Elder Circle libraries for delicious offerings about elder wisdom.


Books, Non-fiction

Books, Fiction

Films

Music

Podcasts and Videos

 

Contact us to share your favourites. 


Books: Non-fiction


Author

Title

About

Pipher, Mary

The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

This hopeful, upbeat book addresses today’s issues in a constructive, life-affirming manner.

Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman

From Age-ing to Sage-ing  

Wisdom-keepers have an ongoing responsibility for maintaining society’s well-being and safeguarding the health of our ailing planet Earth.

Suzuki, David and Peter Knudtson

The Wisdom of the Elders

First published in 1992, this acclaimed collection of the world's wisdom shows that the future of the planet lies in listening to both scientific insight and Native knowledge.

Vaillant, George E.

Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study

George Vaillant follows the men from the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken into their 90s, and shows what aging with grace and vitality looks like.


Still curious? Visit our Libraries for more titles.




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Books: Fiction


Author

Title

About

Berry, Wendell

The Memory of Old Jack

Characters in a rural Kentucky community live well through the stages of life, and learn from and honour the elders of the community.

Helprin, Mark

A Soldier of the Great War

In this beautifully written novel about a life richly lived, an “elder” reflects on the twists and turns and ups and downs of his life.

Mitchell, W. O.

The Kite

A young journalist sets out to interview a man who is one hundred eleven years old, and learns much about himself and life in the process.

Stegner, Wallace

Recapitulation

A man reviews his life and discovers rich and meaningful aspects of becoming and being an elder.

 

Still curious? Visit our Libraries for more titles.




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Films

While all of these titles may not be exactly about “elder wisdom”, they are excellent movies and great conversation starters.

Title

About

I’m Not Rappaport

Two old men in Central Park, New York, find ways of dealing with old age.

Smoke

The owner of a smoke shop befriends a troubled writer from the neighbourhood and employs a young man who is looking for his father.

Spitfire Grill

A cranky but feisty older woman who operates a restaurant and needs help takes on a young woman recently released from prison. Others in the community are suspicious, and falsely accuse the young woman of stealing from her employer.

Whale Rider

Set among the Maori in New Zealand, an elder attempts to revive ancient traditions, but must face the truth that faithfulness to tradition must be balanced with openness to new and changing realities. A beautiful, touching, moving film.

 

Music

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Podcasts and Videos

From time to time, we share a podcast or similar piece that illuminates or supports our journey along the path of Elder Wisdom. Enjoy!

Host

Topic

CBC Radio One Ideas

Re-Imagining Ecology 

Three experts in urban and environmental conservation discuss an ecological approach to the restoration and preservation of both wilderness and cityscapes. 

Demos and The Century Foundation

Longevity Revolution: Highlights

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and geriatric specialist Dr. Robert Butler examines the medical, economic and social consequences of an aging population in his book, The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life.

David Suzuki

David Suzuki: An elder's vision for our sustainable future

TEDx Whitehorse

Choosing Conscious Elderhood

Larry Gray shares qualities of conscious eldership and extends an invitation to begin the second journey through life.


Still curious? Visit our Libraries for more titles.



“I feel that the conscious elders can be the designated drivers in a world that seems to have both feet on the accelerator but is essentially asleep at the wheel.”
Larry Gray, Conscious Eldering




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Media

We’re always delighted to share the Elders Circle with a wider audience. Contact us if you would like to arrange an interview for radio and television broadcast, online and print publication, or any other media. 

Date

Program

Nov 22, 2016

Roundhouse Radio: Sense of Place, with Minelle Mahtani


Links

Elder Wisdom Groups

Community Groups

Other Links and Resources


Elder Wisdom Groups

Elders are finding ways to gather together and contribute their wisdom in diverse communities.


Elder Service Corps

Carya Calgary runs the Elder Service Corps, a 32-week structured program for older adults age 65+. Participants use their life skills and experience to plan and deliver projects that help build thriving communities. 



“There is no such thing as aging: We are just who we are at this present moment in time.”
Elder Corps


Suzuki Elders

Suzuki Elders work as volunteers through the Communications and Public Engagement division of the David Suzuki Foundation. They listen and learn, share and act through education, connection, and non-partisan advocacy. Suzuki Elders mentor, motivate, and support older and younger generations in dialogue and action on environmental issues.

 


“Elders have lived through much of the social and technical evolution of Western culture in this century. They have survived depression, war, and natural disasters. Their memories of the simpler life and personal experience of the destruction of ecosystems since then, raises deep concern for the world their children and grandchildren will inherit. This concern motivates our Elders to offer their life experiences, professional talents, time and skills, as representatives of an underutilized resource: our senior citizens … One way to do this is in dialogue, particularly with young people, to develop methods of jointly fostering the aims of the David Suzuki Foundation.”
Norm Hoye, in Finding Solutions, December 1998





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Community Groups

SPEC`s Elders Circle is keen to extend our exploration of elder wisdom into the broader community. We invite collaborative opportunities with other agencies and programs

Let’s start the conversation! Please contact us


Other Links and Resources

 

Friendship Circle

Here are links provided by the Friendship Circle Affinity Group.

[coming soon]


Nature Walk

Here are links provided by the Nature Walk Affinity Group.

Author

Title

About

Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees

“A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it”.




 
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