Every crisis is in part a storytelling crisis. This is as true of climate chaos as anything else. We are hemmed in by stories that prevent us from seeing, or believing in, or acting on the possibilities for change. Some are habits of mind, some are industry propaganda. Sometimes, the situation has changed but the stories haven’t, and people follow the old versions, like outdated maps, into dead ends.Rebecca Solnit
Jan 26 2023
A guide to 9 global buzzwords for 2023, from ‘polycrisis’ to ‘zero-dose children’
We’re having a polycrisis. The pandemic has resulted in too many zero-dose children. Charities are not always succeeding in tarmac-to-arm.
Jan 16 2023
Tasting the Pickle: Ten flavours of meta-crisis and the appetite for a new civilisatio
Perspectiva is a registered charity operating as a collective of scholars, artists, activists, futurists and seekers who believe credible hope for humanity’s future...
Dec 05 2022
‘Extinction is on the table’: Jaron Lanier warns of tech’s existential threat to humanity
Jaron Lanier, the eminent American computer scientist, composer and artist, is no stranger to skepticism around social media, but his current interpretations of its...
Nov 20 2022
A new Banksy mural adorns a destroyed building in Ukraine
Anonymous graffiti artist Banksy, who is known for sending political messages, has revealed a new mural on a building destroyed by shelling in Ukraine.
Nov 11 2022
It’s official: ‘Permacrisis’ is 2022’s word of the year
We’ve all been living in a state of permanent crisis, a “permacrisis” if you will, according to lexicographers at the U.K.-based Collins Dictionary who have anointed it...
Sep 12 2022
Designs for the Pluriverse
By Arturo Ecobar In Designs for the Pluriverse Arturo Escobar presents a new vision of design theory and practice aimed at channeling design’s world-making...
Sep 12 2022
Numbers Don’t Lie: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World
by Vaclav Smil From Earth’s nations and inhabitants, through the fuels and foods that energize them, to the transportation and inventions of our modern world...
Feb 22 2021
Love in a ghastly time
How do we organise around love but not exclude organizing around what enrages us, around what is unjust?
Oct 21 2020
The world that food made with Raj Patel
In this Omega Conversation, Shorey Meyers speaks with Raj Patel, an award-winning author, film-maker and academic.
May 30 2019
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization
By Thomas Homer-Dixon The Upside of Down by Thomas Homer-Dixon takes the reader on a mind-stretching tour of societies' management, or mismanagement, of disasters over...