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.