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Society – Resilience

Building a world of resilient communities

Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:07:52 +0000


Our Economy is a Degenerative System

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:07:52 +0000


Our ecological footprint exceeds the Earth’s capacity to regenerate. A number of useful indicators and frameworks have been developed to measure the ecological impact that humanity and its dominant economic system with its patterns of production, consumption and waste-disposal are having on the planet and its ecosystems.

Love And Loss In The Anthropocene

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:08:56 +0000


Our insistence upon having everything has ironically set us upon a journey toward an era of great loss. Some of what we will have to relinquish is painfully clear already, as we see cities and small nations burn and/or wash away, as we find ourselves increasingly donning masks so as not to die of the very air we must breathe, as we find cesium 137 in our fish, RoundUp in our grains, microplastics in our waters. These are the obvious costs.

How to Build a Progressive Movement in a Polarized Country

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:24:07 +0000


Progressives need to breathe deeply and make our peace with the reality. Division expresses an economic arrangement, and it’s not something we can fix through urging more civil discourse. Even though we’ll want to use our conflict resolution skills in order to cope, we can also expect more drama at the extreme ends of our polarizations, and more ugliness and violence.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Envisioning a Regenerative City in the Heartland

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:19:49 +0000


This is an abbreviated version of the multimedia “Ecopolis” theatre show performed in the spring of 2016 by author Jeff Biggers and the Awful Purdies musical group in the historic Old Capitol in Iowa City. “Ecopolis” has also been adapted and performed in Chicago, in various cities in Iowa including Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, and in Carbondale, Illinois.

Extending the Glide

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:48:27 +0000


Looking back over the last few years, I didn’t really know what to do about this realisation that we can’t fix climate change, that so much of the impact for our civilisation is already locked in. I didn’t know how to work on that. And I realised that one of the reasons was the lack of a framework to get your head around all this.

Eric Holthaus on Imagination: “Our Brains are Constantly Being Encouraged to Give Up”

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:26:42 +0000


It was in an article about Eric that I first came across the term ‘pre-traumatic stress disorder’, a topic we’ll explore more in a future podcast. How does that impact the imagination, I wondered? So, when I chatted to Eric, I started by asking him to tell us a bit about that journey he went on, of injecting very real human emotion into a field that usually limits itself to facts, figures and data.

Learning from The Left Behind

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:07:51 +0000


Robert Wuthnow’s new book, The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America, is the best book I’ve read on the rural-urban divide in the United States in years. It may, in fact, be the best book I’ve ever read on the topic, and I’ve read a lot of them.

Speeding Down a Dead End Road

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:19:31 +0000


Since the birth of car culture more than a century ago, lavish consumption of energy has not been a bug but a feature. That’s now a feature we can ill afford, as we attempt the difficult and urgent task of transition to renewable energies.

Film in the Anthropocene

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:53:07 +0000


Film is of course the art form of Industrial Civilization and its mass culture, whether as a simple historical fact, a manifestation of technical possibility, or in the various ideologies it is adept at expressing. But it is also the art form of the Anthropocene.  I am overstating the case somewhat, but not entirely, when I note that the prevailing message of film is the power of belief and trust. 

Resilience Principles as a Tool for Exploring Options for Urban Resilience

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:53:14 +0000


The world is becoming increasingly urban and cities face a constant struggle with the complex environmental, social, economic, and political challenges of the 21st century. Many international organizations have argued that cities will need to become more resilient to these challenges. However, it is not particularly clear what that really means.

Universal Basic Income: Pennies from Heaven by Paul O’Brien – Review

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:48:56 +0000


Basic income would not eliminate the tired old choice between capitalism and socialism, right and left, but as O’Brien puts it, it would create a more ‘humane framework’ in which to make our political decisions. All in all it’s an exciting idea, and this book is well worth reading if you’re even mildly curious to learn more about its potential.