Thomas Homer-Dixon


I help audiences understand the links between nature, technology, and society, and I show them how we can adapt and prosper in a world of ever-greater complexity, speed, and surprise.

Audience Reaction

“We enjoyed your talk enormously and are already feeling the challenges and opportunities you described resonate throughout the university. Thank you again for the engaging, relevant and inspiring talk.”

Mikayla Wujec
Sustainability Action Fund
Concordia University, 2014

“A huge thank you for coming to Dallas for our Resilient City conference.  I think your presentation was pitch perfect, and I got a lot of positive feedback about it.”

Ann Drumm
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
What Makes a Resilient City, 2013

“Your address was superb. Your presentation on complexity science was a perfect complement to the week’s Big Thinking events. You spoke of the interconnectedness of systems, an important message if we want to arm ourselves with the right tools to tackle the most pressing issues we face today.”

Jean-Marc Mangin
Executive Director, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2012

“I know personally and from the dozens of conference evaluations that you really hit the right notes in your talk and gave the conference tremendous momentum.”

Chris Weibe, Coordinator
Heritage Canada Foundation, 2009 National Conference

“A very inspiring talk. I felt he set the tone for the conference, and was a great choice for speaker.”

Audience member
Heritage Canada Foundation, 2009 National Conference

Booking Information

Information on my availability for speaking and my fees can be obtained from Speakers’ Spotlight at for engagements in Canada and from Lyceum Agency at for engagements in the United States.

Featured Video

University of New Brunswick Andrews Initiative Speakers Series

In this presentation at the 2013 Andrews Initiative Speakers Series at the University of New Brunswick, I discuss “The Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience.” View the presentation »

Upcoming Talks

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Videos of Selected Speeches:

March 19, 2013
“The Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience,” Andrews Initiative, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B.  View the presentation.

May 31, 2012
“New Tools for Understanding a Turbulent World: Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences,” Congress 2012, Waterloo, Ontario. View the presentation.

June 7, 2011
“Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity, and Human Survival,” Equinox Summit—Energy 2030, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario.  View the presentation.

May 5, 2010
“Complexity Science and Public Policy,” Canada School of Public Service, Manion Lecture, Ottawa, Ontario.  View the presentation.

April 22, 2010
“Global Change, Creativity, and Resilience: Outsourcing in a Turbulent World,” 2010 Annual Conference of the Centre for Outsourcing Research & Education, keynote address, Toronto, Ontario.  View the presentation.

November 8, 2008
“Talk About the Planet,” Green Summit, Toronto, Ontario.  View the presentation.

September 9, 2008
“The Climate Energy Challenge: How will it change our economy and society,” Green Enterprise, Toronto, Ontario.  View the presentation.

November 17, 2007
“The Upside of Down: Preparing BC Citizens for a Turbulent Future.” BC NDP Convention keynote, Vancouver, B.C.  View the presentation.

Previous Talks

October 29, 2014
“Canada as a Resilient Energy Superpower: Climate change and the coming energy transition,” CIGI Signature Lecture, Waterloo, Ontario.

May 27, 2014
“China in the Global Economy: Challenges and Opportunities,” Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Ontario.

April 12, 2014
“Growth, Environmental Damage, and Innovation,” Annual Conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Toronto

February 5, 2014
“Beyond Sustainability: Crisis, Innovation, and Resilience in a Turbulent World,” Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

February 1, 2014
“Knowledge, Mobilization, and Change: Reconciling Science and Activism in a World in Crisis,”  20th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium, Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario.

November 13, 2013
“Beyond Brittleness: Making Canada a Resilient Energy Superpower,” Green Party of Canada, Sidney, BC.

September 19, 2013
“Liberal Arts Education in a Turbulent World: Enabling the Deliberative Citizen and Society,” Huron University College, Huron Sesquicentennial Lectures, London, Ontario.

May 30, 2013
“Resilience in a Turbulent World: Shock, Creativity, and Our Collective Future,” United Way Centraide Canada, National Conference
Hamilton, Ontario.

April 19, 2013
“Urban Resilience in a Turbulent World: Shock, Creativity, and Prosperity,” Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture- What Makes a Resilient City? Dallas, Texas.

March 19, 2013
“The Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience,” University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

December 13, 2012
“The Coming Energy Transition,” Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa.

November 29, 2012
“Alberta and the Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience,” University of Alberta, Edmonton.

November 28, 2012
“Community Resilience in a Turbulent World: Pathways to Innovation,” University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta.

November 19-23, 2012
“Challenges to Growth: 2013 and Beyond,” HSBC Global Forecast; Toronto, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.

November 16, 2012
“New Tools for Understanding a Turbulent World: Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences,” Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

November 15, 2012
“Learning for a Nonlinear World: Cultivating a Prospective Mind,” Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, Sustainability Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

October 7, 2012
“Complexity: What Drives Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience?” Imagine 2012: International Conference on Cooperative Economics, Quebec City, Que.

October 1, 2012
“Prospering through the Coming GPT Transition: Shocks, Creative Destruction, and Resilience,” COM 21, 51st Annual Conference of Metallurgists, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

June  6, 2012
“Shock, Complexity, and Resilience: The Forest Industry in a Turbulent Era,” Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Deputy Ministers’ Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

June 3, 2012
“Don’t Be Surprised by Surprise: Leadership for Resilience in a Turbulent Era,” Governor General’s Leadership Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

May 31, 2012
“New Tools for Understanding a Turbulent World: Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences,” Congress 2012, Waterloo, Ontario.

April 17, 2012
“Catastrophic Dehumanization: the Psychological Dynamics of Severe Conflict,” James Martin School, Oxford University, U.K.

March 20, 2012
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

March 6, 2012
“Thriving Vineyards: Resilience and Innovation in a Turbulent World,” Winery and Grower Alliance Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

March 5, 2012
“Climate Change and Violent Conflict,” Seminar XXI, Environment and Demography Session, Washington, D.C.

February 10, 2012
“Sustainable Communities and the GPT Transition: Staying Livable, Building Resilience, and Being Smart,” Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Sustainable Communities Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

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Transcripts of Selected Speeches

May 5, 2010
“Complexity Science and Public Policy,” Manion Lecture for the Canada School of Public Service, in Ottawa, Canada. Text of speech.

June 8, 2009
“The Great Transformation: Climate Change as Cultural Change,” speech to a conference in Essen, Germany. Text of speech.

April 25, 2007
“Conflict in a Nonlinear World: Complex Adaptation at the Intersection of Energy, Climate, and Security,” Ingar Moen Memorial Lecture to the Science and Technology Symposium of Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.  Text of speech.

April 27, 2004
Remarks on the occasion of the naming of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies,  Toronto, Ontario. Text of speech.

October 2, 2003
“Ingenuity Theory: Can Humankind Create a Sustainable Civilization?” Address to the Royal Society of London, London, England.  Text of speech. Power Point slides (PPT).

December 4, 2002
“Synchronous Failure: The Real Danger of the 21st Century,” The Robert J. Pelosky, Jr. Distinguished Lecture, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  Text of speech.

November 14, 2001
“Remarks at the Governor General’s Literary Awards Ceremony,” Ottawa, Ontario.  Text of speech.

June 11, 2001
“The Ingenuity Gap in a Fragmented World,” Address to the Banff Television Festival, Banff, Alberta.  Text of speech.

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