Over recent years we have experienced a period of significant global change. In addition to the acceleration of climate change, extreme weather events and environmental degradation, we are living through a global pandemic, a war in Europe, rising geo-political tensions, high inflation and a cost of living crisis, energy supply and trade disruption, and widespread food insecurity.

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Jan 26 2023

What the hell is a ‘polycrisis’, anyway?

A problem becomes a crisis when it challenges our ability to cope and thus threatens our identity.
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Jan 26 2023

Sleepwalking on megathreat mountain

A host of interconnected “megathreats” is imperiling our future.
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Jan 16 2023

THE COLLINS WORD OF THE YEAR 2022 IS…

Permacrisis: noun, an extended period of instability and insecurity
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Jan 16 2023

‘Polycrisis’ may be a buzzword, but it could help us tackle the world’s woes

Polycrisis is a more accurate term to describe the world’s ongoing crises and how they’re interacting with one another.
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Jan 16 2023

What Happens When a Cascade of Crises Collide?

In reality, the likelihood that the current mess is a coincidence is vanishingly small.
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Jan 16 2023

Ayan Mahamoud: “East Africa and the Poly-Crisis”

In many ways, the discussions in our world are not only energy blind but also blind to accelerating threats to nations outside our own.
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Jan 09 2023

Best 20 clips of 2022 | The Great Simplification year in review

What can we take away from 2022? Here is a round-up from Nate Hagens, who is among the most insightful reporters on the polycrisis.
Nov 20 2022

Welcome to the world of the polycrisis

Pandemic, drought, floods, mega storms and wildfires, threats of a third world war — how rapidly we have become inured to the list of shocks. So much so that, from time...
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Nov 20 2022

Modeling the drivers of the metacrisis

In this fourth installment of conversations with Daniel Schmachtenberger, Nate Hagens dives deeper into the nuances of humans using energy, materials and...
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Nov 20 2022

The Polycrisis: An introduction

The Polycrisis aims to untangle the Gordian Knot of security, climate, economic, and political dilemmas.