The global polycrisis reflects a civilizational crisis that calls for systemic alternatives
By Zack Walsh, Polycrisis Transition Consultancy…A review of emerging definitions of polycrisis within cognate bodies of scientific literature exploring societal risk and collapse, plus implications for how to respond to the depth and severity of the global polycrisis via just and regenerative civilizational alternatives.
Beyond growth: speech by President Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivered this speech during the opening plenary of the Beyond Growth conference
AI and the future of humanity
By Yuval Noah Harari at the Frontier Forum…..In this keynote and Q&A, Yuval Noah Harari summarizes and speculates on ‘AI and the future of humanity’
Crazy Town: Episode 74. Prepping for the apocalypse: Elites’ foolish fantasies for surviving a collapse of their own creation
By Asher Miller of Resilience.org…Crazy Town Podcast….Meet Barrett Moore, the bunker-building bullshit artist who helps capitalists survive the apocalypse with beans, bullets, and bravado.
‘In a lot of the world, the clock has hit midnight’: China is calling in loans to dozens of countries from Pakistan to Kenya
By Bernard Condon, Fortune….Poor countries have been hit with foreign currency shortages, high inflation, spikes in unemployment and widespread hunger before, but rarely like in the past year.
The ORA Fellowship announced 21 new fellows working to address the global polycrisis
Omega Resilience Awards announced their inaugural cohort of fellows working in the Global South.
What is Neom? Home to The Line at Saudi Arabia’s megacity
Plans for a new smart city, called The Line, in Neom are part of the 2030 Vision to embrace a new economic era in the kingdom
Yuval Noah Harari argues that AI has hacked the operating system of human civilisation
By Yuval Noah Harari , The Economist…Storytelling computers will change the course of human history, says the historian and philosopher
W.H.O. ends global health emergency designation for covid
By Stephanie Nolen, The New York Times….The decision has little practical effect but is a significant moment in the struggle against a virus that has killed millions and upended lives throughout the world.
An end to pandemic restrictions could bring thousands to the border
By Miriam Jordan, The New York Times….Title 42, the policy that has allowed the swift expulsion of many migrants at the southern border, will lift on Thursday. Officials are bracing for a new immigration surge.
Are repeat COVID infections dangerous? What the science says
By Cassandra Willyard in Nature…Researchers disagree over how bad it is to be reinfected, and whether COVID-19 can cause lasting changes to the immune system.
‘The godfather of A.I.’ leaves Google and warns of danger ahead
By Cade Metz, The New York Times…For half a century, Geoffrey Hinton nurtured the technology at the heart of chatbots like ChatGPT. Now he worries it will cause serious harm.
The next pandemic could be ‘as infectious as this one but far more lethal’—and make COVID look like a cakewalk, expert warns
By Erin Prater in Fortune Well….The next pandemic could make COVID look like a cakewalk, one expert warned Tuesday at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in Marina del Rey, Calif.
Polycrisis? What polycrisis?
By Paul Arbair, Resilience…Human societies the world over are confronted with a growing number and range of difficult and compounding problems and crises, which they are increasingly struggling to address and failing to solve, and which are slowly but surely eroding their ability to function effectively and undermining their capacity to coexist peacefully.
The second phase of the Biden presidency
By David Brooks, The New York Times…f you ask me now what the Biden administration is for, my answer would be different. Today, its main purpose is to prepare the nation for a period of accelerating and explosive change.
Conflict and climate disasters combine to create record rise in displaced people
By Lizzy Davies in The Guardian….War in Ukraine and Pakistan’s ‘monsoon on steroids’ among events driving surge on ‘scale never seen before’ as 71m people displaced