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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August 27th, 2007 —

Podcast: ABC Melbourne interview on the Conversation Hour

Conversation Hour program on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Melbourne, Australia. Listen to the podcast:

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January 8th, 2007 —

Fareed Zakaria Interviewed Thomas Homer-Dixon about His Book ‘The Upside of Down’

PBS show- Foreign Exchange Fareed: Our first guest of the new year explains to us the fragility of our current global systems. Thomas Homer-Dixon argues in his new book ‘The Upside of Down, Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization‘, that the convergent stresses of population, energy, environment, and economy could cause a catastrophic breakdown [...]

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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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July 30th, 2005 —

The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Squat – Review of Branko Milanovic, Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality (Princeton: 2005).

Global economic inequality isn’t something that grabs a lot of headlines. And a book on the subject surely doesn’t seem like gripping summertime reading. But don’t go away. This subject is critically important, and this particular book is extraordinary.

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October 2nd, 2003 —

Ingenuity Theory: Can Humankind Create a Sustainable Civilization?

My research is inspired by several key questions: Are we creating a world that’s too complex to manage? Do the “experts” really know what’s going on? Are we really as smart as we think we are? And, most importantly, Can we solve the problems of the future?

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December 4th, 2002 —

Synchronous Failure: the Real Danger of the 21st Century

Humankind, I argue, is on the cusp of a planetary emergency. We face an ever-greater risk of a synchronous failure of our social, economic and biophysical systems, arising from simultaneious, interacting stresses acting powerfully at multiple levels of these global systems.

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July 3rd, 2001 —

We Need a Forest of Tongues

We should be concerned about the loss of the world’s cultural diversity for the same practical reasons that we’re concerned about the loss of the world’s biodiversity. Our global society will be less resilient and more vulnerable without one, just as without the other.

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June 11th, 2001 —

The Ingenuity Gap in a Fragmented World

This morning I’m going to talk about “The Ingenuity Gap in a Fragmented World.” I’ll ask whether humanity can meet the ever more complex and fast-paced challenges it’s creating for itself. At the global level, these challenges range from climate change and chronic instability of the international economy to continent-wide pandemics of TB and AIDS; and at the national level, they include widespread homelessness in our great cities, chronic health care crises, and widening gaps between the super-rich and everyone else.

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