Host Christina Conklin is an artist, writer, and researcher whose book, The Atlas of Disappearing...

This year we have all witnessed how major global stressors—from climate change and income inequality to pandemics and autocracy—can impact each other and cause massive, cascading changes in our world. At the same time, other factors including pollution, artificial intelligence, population growth, and social media seem unstoppable forces that escalate other risks.

Many fear that a broader systems collapse could be a plausible scenario. Given what we know, how do we respond?

In this roundtable conversation, host Christina Conklin brings together scholars, designers, and activists to share their perspectives on the polycrisis. Guests include Joan Diamond, Steve Heilig, Samantha Suppiah, Ed Saltzberg, and Jason Groves. Audience questions and comments enrich the dialogue, as the participants engage in a creative exercise to generate new language and insights.

This OMEGA webinar series is presented in collaboration with Foresight Analysis Nexus Initiative (FAN), Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB), The Resilience Project & The New School at Commonweal

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May 22 2024

A review of ‘navigating the polycrisis’: A map of collapse, utopia, and the many paths in between

by Ben Shread-Hewitt in Resilience.org…The Polycrisis is the breakdown of our future.

May 21 2024

Biden and the spectre of polycrisis

by Edward Luce in Financial Times….So many crises assail the world that their spilling into each other and merging is a genuine risk

Mar 26 2024

Dancing with a permanent emergency

by Jonathan Rowson in The Joyous Struggle….The climate crisis is still there, and it is a moral imperative to address it and it matters perhaps more than any...
Mar 18 2024

History’s crisis detectives: How we’re using maths and data to reveal why societies collapse – and clues about the future

by Daniel Hoyer in The Conversation….Our goal is to find out what drove these societies into crisis, and then what factors seem to have determined whether people...
Feb 09 2024

Global collaboration of scientists needed to solve polycrisis

in Cambridge University Press….“Above all else, the polycrisis concept emphasises that crises interact with one another in highly consequential ways that are...
Feb 01 2024

Polycrisis in the anthropocene: An invitation to contributions and debates

by Michael Lawrence in Cambridge University Press…The popularity of the term polycrisis suggests a growing demand for new thinking about the world’s intersecting...
Jan 29 2024

Has the “Polycrisis” overwhelmed us?

by Mark Leonard in Project Syndicate…Today’s global crises are not only competing for policymakers’ finite attention; they are increasingly feeding one another in...
Jan 27 2024

Rising to the occasion: Practical hope in a global polycrisis

In the New School at Commonweal video, Host Michael Lerner joins Commonweal board member Katherine Fulton in conversation with Graham Leicester, who has pioneered new...
Jan 09 2024

A year in crises

by Tim Sahay in Phenomenal World…https://www.phenomenalworld.org/analysis/a-year-in-crises.

Jan 09 2024

The terrible twenties? The assholocene? What to call our chaotic era

by Kyle Chayka in The New Yorker…There is something paradoxical about pinning a name on an age characterized by extreme uncertainty. But that hasn’t stopped...