Thomas Homer-Dixon

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August 28th, 2015 —

Complexity Science

Homer-Dixon, Thomas, “Complexity Science,” Oxford Leadership Journal, January 2011, 2(1). An article based on the Canada School of Public Service’s 2010 John L. Manion Lecture, entitled “Complexity, Crisis and Change: Implications for the Federal Public Service.” “Complexity science isn’t a fad. I will offer a brief survey of some core concepts and ideas, and I [...]

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August 28th, 2015 —

Synchronous Failure: The Emerging Causal Architecture of Global Crisis

Synchronous Failure: The Emerging Causal Architecture of Global Crisis with Brian Walker, Reinette Biggs, Anne-Sophie Crépin, Carl Folke, Eric F. Lambin, Garry D. Peterson, Johan Rockström, Marten Scheffer, Will Steffen,  and Max Troell Ecology and Society 2015, 20(3): 6. Recent global crises reveal an emerging pattern of causation that could increasingly characterize the birth and [...]

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April 11th, 2014 —

What’s behind these fracturing countries? Stalled economies

Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. At first glance, it would seem hard to find four more different countries. But if you’ve followed international events over the last year, you’ve probably noticed that these countries share a striking similarity. Each has seen a surge of civil protest, including violent mass demonstrations against the national government.

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February 12th, 2014 —

Video: Talk at the Annual Conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking

“Growth, Environmental Damage, and Innovation,” talk at the Annual Conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Toronto. View the talk.

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April 7th, 2012 —

All’s Not Lost, Ontario. The Future Is Green, Not Black

Green Energy in Ontario: an op-ed in the Toronto Globe and Mail
Commentators on the political right often slam the economics of green energy. They say that renewables are inefficient, that they create jobs in China, not in Canada, that Europe is cutting green-energy subsidies and that, in any case, the world and especially Canada are hopelessly hooked on carbon. Many of these criticisms are factually wrong, and they’re all shortsighted.

Ontario should focus on the long game. While Alberta and the federal Conservatives double down on carbon, Ontario can be in the vanguard of one of the biggest technological revolutions humanity will ever experience. The future is green, not black.

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January 1st, 2011 —

Unconventional Wisdom: Economies Can’t Just Keep on Growing

In January, 2011, I published an article on the limits to economic growth in a collection of comments on “Unconventional Wisdom: Economies Can’t Just Keep on Growing” in Foreign Policy. “Humanity has made great strides over the past 2,000 years, and we often assume that our path, notwithstanding a few bumps along the way, goes ever upward. But we are wrong: Within this century, environmental and resource constraints will likely bring global economic growth to a halt.”

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September 19th, 2010 —

Podcast: Risk, uncertainty and transformation in a time of crisis

September 19th, 2010, interview with Eric Paglia of Think Globally Radio, Stockholm, Sweden, on “Risk, uncertainty, and transformation in a time of crisis.”

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August 9th, 2009 —

The Enticements of Green Carrots

On August 9, 2009, in an article titled “The Enticements of Green Carrots,” published in the Toronto Globe and Mail, I describe a scheme for rewarding consumers for green behavior, modeled on an airline’s frequent flyer points.

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April 4th, 2009 —

Fear Is Good

Fear is bad, according to conventional wisdom. Our economy is in trouble, we hear, because banks are too afraid to lend and consumers and companies too afraid to spend. Less lending and spending further depresses the economy, which begets more fear. And to top it all off, some analysts irresponsibly exploit these fears for their own ends, by arguing that the crisis may get far worse before it gets better, and in the process sensationalize and exaggerate the problem.

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March 24th, 2009 —

Podcast: Terrence McNally interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon on his book, The Upside of Down

In 2006, Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of Canada’s #1 bestseller, The Upside of Down, wrote, “September 11th and Katrina won’t be the last time we walk out of our cities.” Whether from economic collapse, terrorism, climate change, pandemic, energy scarcity, or the widening gap between rich and poor, he believes breakdown is inevitable. And if we [...]

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