The FAN Initiative, Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, The Resilience Project & The New School at Commonwealth

Ghastly Discussions & Response
Is there a future in the doomsday economy?

Almost 20 million Americans, or about 7 percent of all households, now identify as “preppers,” based on a recent analysis of FEMA data. According to the results of last year’s National Household Survey on Disaster Preparedness, 57 percent of Americans had taken three...

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Chartbook 297: The American migration crisis.

Amongst the few substantive issues that affect the US election, migration comes top. “The crisis on the border” is a major election theme. And this reflects a dramatic surge in encounters along the US border between border guards and migrants. On just one day—December...

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Positive Pathways report

Polycrisis analysis reveals the complex and systemic nature of the world’s problems, but it can also help us pursue “positive pathways” to better futures. This report outlines the sorts of systems changes required to avoid, mitigate, and navigate through polycrisis...

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NEOM is a city of the future. The land is the cost.

Promising to reimagine what a climate-resilient city of the future could look like, the project has been dubbed “NEOM,” referencing the Ancient Greek prefix “neo,” meaning new. The “m” refers to “mustaqbal,” an Arabic word for “future.”  The mega-city—an initiative...

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Ray Kurzweil still says he will merge with A.I.

Now that Mr. Kurzweil is 76 years old and is moving a lot slower than he used to, his predictions carry an added edge. He has long said he plans to experience the Singularity, merge with A.I. and, in this way, live indefinitely. But if the Singularity arrives in 2045,...

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The view from Nairobi-Washington

On June 25, crowning a dramatic, nationwide tax revolt, demonstrators in Nairobi stormed Kenya’s parliament buildings. President William Ruto’s new finance bill, introduced in Parliament in May, sought to increase levies on everything from bread and money transfers to...

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Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future

Corey J.A. Bradshaw, Paul R. Ehrlich, Andrew Beattie, Gerardo Ceballos, Eileen Crist, Joan Diamond,Rodolfo Dirzo, Anne H. Ehrlich, John Harte, Mary Ellen Harte, Graham Pyke, Peter H. Raven1 William J. Ripple, Frédérik Saltré Christine Turnbull, Mathis Wackernagel and Daniel T. Blumstei

An international group of 17 leading physical and social scientists, including OMEGA Advisory Board member Joan Diamond, have produced a comprehensive yet concise assessment of the state of civilization, warning that the outlook is more dire and dangerous than is generally understood.

The paper has generated over a thousand media articles and interviews which suggests that public interest is extremely high despite competing news– insurrection, inauguration, and pandemic.

This Ghastly study has been covered in media organizations including CNN World, Reuters, The Guardian, International Business Times, Taipei Times, The Irish Times, and the University of California among many others.

See full article published by Frontiers in Conservation Science, 13 Janurary 2021.