Thomas Homer-Dixon

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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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February 4th, 2009 —

Podcast: C-Realm Podcast “The Growth Imperative” interview

KMO welcomes Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down, back to the program to discus the potential, connectedness, and resilience of adaptive systems like ecosystems and economies. Is restoring the growth trajectory of the global economy a viable means of securing long term prosperity? What impact is technology having on employment, and is full [...]

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November 24th, 2008 —

The Stag Hunt: Deflation as a Collective Action Problem

Deflation. It’s the economists’ dread word, and in the last week it has leapt from a dusty back corner of their lexicon to the front pages of our newspapers. Deflation refers to a sustained drop in prices caused by falling economic demand – a situation where unemployment of both people and capital soars and where the standard monetary tools that policymakers use in response, like interest rate cuts, stop working.

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September 26th, 2008 —

Unbounded Uncertainty #2

There has been something deeply disconcerting about the negotiations of the past few days in Washington to bail out the U.S. financial system: The best and brightest of policy and economic elites have seemed out of their depth.

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March 19th, 2008 —

From Risk to Uncertainty

The United States central bank is slashing interest rates, accepting from commercial banks piles of near worthless securities as collateral for emergency loans, and pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy. A problem that began last summer in the lowest-grade US mortgage market has ramified around the planet, moved relentlessly up the quality ladder, and sucked credit from the global financial system like oxygen from a flame. Each intervention by US, European, Japanese, and Canadian central banks to stabilize the situation has been swamped by surprises that have escalated the crisis to a new level.

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August 14th, 2007 —

Unbounded Uncertainty #1

Late last week the world’s central banks acted to head off panic among investors and lenders by pumping nearly a third of a trillion dollars of cash into the world’s financial markets. Something is clearly amiss.

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December 18th, 2006 —

Podcast: Free Forum with Terry McNally Interview

Author of Canada’s #1 bestseller, The Upside of Down. Whether from terrorism, climate change, pandemic, energy scarcity, or the widening gap between rich and poor, he believes breakdown is inevitable. And if we won’t change our ways till we crash, it’s up to us to make sure breakdown doesn’t spiral into total collapse. Listen to [...]

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November 10th, 2006 —

Podcast: Air America “The Upside of Down” Interview on EcoTalk

Thomas Homer-Dixon tells Betsy about his new book The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization. Listen to the podcast:

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August 10th, 2002 —

A Midas Touch Dims

There’s a whiff of desperation in the air. By this point in the world’s business cycle, the American economy that powerhouse of global capitalism – was supposed to be rebounding sharply, and stock markets everywhere were again going to be making everyone rich. Instead, things have gone haywire: the US may be tipping into another recession; four years of growth has evaporated from North American markets; and economies around the world are in trouble.

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January 2nd, 2001 —

A World That Turns Too Fast

When things happen faster, in greater numbers, and with greater interactive complexity, we need more ingenuity to make the right decisions at the right time – that is, we need a greater flow of practical ideas to solve our technical and social problems. But sometimes we can’t supply enough ingenuity to meet this soaring need. There is, if you like, an ingenuity gap.

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