Welcome to the world of the polycrisis

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 to time, it is worth standing back to consider the sheer strangeness of our situation. As former US...

Watching the world burn

Watching the world burn

As the planet reels from unprecedented heatwaves, floods, wildfires and droughts, you may be feeling a rising sense of unease or even panic.

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Jul 06 2023

Global polycrisis: The causal mechanisms of crisis entanglement

by Dr. Michael Lawrence at The Cascade Institute….. In this framework, a global crisis arises when one or more fast-moving trigger events combines with...
Apr 11 2024

Tenth consecutive monthly heat record alarms and confounds climate scientists

by Johathan Watts in The Guardian…If the anomaly does not stabilise by August, ‘the world will be in uncharted territory’, says climate expert

Mar 26 2024

The futures triangle

from Insight & Foresight….The Futures Triangle is a tool that can help you map the gap between vision and performance and start the process of using...
Mar 26 2024

The eco-civilization framework

by Jeremy Lent in Resilience.org…Whether we can reweave the strands of our unraveling civilization into a flourishing future will only be known on the other side...
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 26 2024

The European Union’s economic security strategy update

By Emily Benson in CSIS….As partners advance to this new era of technology-driven economic security agendas, governments will need to work concertedly to break...
Mar 21 2024

Led by Its Youth, U.S. Sinks in World Happiness Report

For the first time since the first World Happiness Report was issued in 2012, the United States was not ranked among the world’s Top 20 happiest countries. The drop was...
Mar 19 2024

The Eco-Civilization Framework

As the planet burns, authoritarian populists dominate politics, oil executives direct the COP process, and the wealthy elite pull further away from everyone else, it is...
Mar 18 2024

A starting point for degrowth: The Costa Rica “Pura Vida” meaning

By Juan Ignacio Marín Degrowth is a theory, a movement, and a practice with a long and distinguished history. The excellent Wikipedia article (worth consulting) starts...
Mar 18 2024

“Lean Weaving”: Creating networks for a future of resilience and regeneration

by Curtis Ogden in the International Institute for Social Change….“The more flexible the sub-systems, the longer the expected life of the system as a...
Mar 18 2024

Chartbook 268: “How can we not know?”: CAR and the challenge of tracking a silent crisis.

By Adam Tooze in Chartbook 268…It was at a moment when many of us were discussing the polycrisis as a concept with which to grasp the current world. Was an...