Thomas Homer-Dixon, “Catastrophe, Creativity and Renewal: The Upside of Down”, Tamarack, 2007/03/16

Thomas-Homer Dixon gives lots of formal talks. Here’s one that is a little more casual and conversational. It’s no less content-filled.

In his latest book, The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, Thomas Homer-Dixon sets out a theory of growth, crisis and renewal of societies and explores how converging energy, environmental and political-economic stresses could cause a breakdown of national and global order – a social earthquake that could affect millions of people.

However, Homer-Dixon contends that such a breakdown does not have to be catastrophic and argues that it could even open up extraordinary opportunities for creative, bold reform – if we’re prepared for them when they arise.

Despite a potentially dire outcome, Homer-Dixon emphasizes that if people are well-prepared, they may be able to exploit less extreme forms of breakdown to achieve deep reform and renewal of institutions, social relations, technologies, and entrenched habits of behaviour.

Learning Centre – Communities Collaborating for Impact

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