Thomas Homer-Dixon

17 results found for: Societal Collapse


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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September 18th, 2014 —

Ebola Epidemic Could Tear Societies Apart

If Ebola affects hundreds of thousands of people in West Africa, the epidemic will stop being a health problem, narrowly defined, and will instead become a problem of international security, because the epidemic will tear the worst-affected societies apart.

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April 17th, 2012 —

Video: “Catastrophic Dehumanization”

Talk at the James Martin School at Oxford University on “Catastrophic Dehumanization.” Dehumanization is arguably a defining feature of the most brutal acts of human violence, such as saturation bombardment of civilian populations, terrorist attacks on urban centers, intense battlefield combat, and genocide. I propose a psychological explanation of this phenomenon that uses a catastrophe manifold [...]

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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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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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March 24th, 2009 —

Terrence McNally Interviewed Thomas Homer-Dixon about His Book ‘The Upside of Down’

Interview with Terrence McNally, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, California 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 [...]

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March 19th, 2009 —

Review of Vaclav Smil’s Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years and Chris Patten’s What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Nature Review of Vaclav Smil’s “Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years” and Chris Patten’s “What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century“ …opinion-makers must demonstrate a better grasp of how societies rise and fall if they are to steer nations successfully through many of this century’s major crises. These are bewildering times. One moment the [...]

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March 1st, 2009 —

When Wise Words Are Not Enough

Review of Vaclav Smil, Global Catastrophes and Trends and Chris Patten, What Next? Nature …opinion-makers must demonstrate a better grasp of how societies rise and fall if they are to steer nations successfully through many of this century’s major crises. These are bewildering times. One moment the global economy is booming and stock markets are [...]

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September 24th, 2007 —

Podcast: SBS Radio “Environmental breakdown, or opportunity?” interview

“Environmental breakdown, or opportunity?” interview with Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon on the World View program on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio, Australia. Listen to the podcast:

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