The Year of the Polycrisis

The Year of the Polycrisis

The term polycrisis is not and won’t be uncontested. Nor will its companion term, “resilience,” which we also use. Over time, both terms will be adopted as forms of greenwashing. They will become overused just as “sustainability” became overused.

“If you could win the popular imagination, you change the game”: Why we need new stories on climate

“If you could win the popular imagination, you change the game”: Why we need new stories on climate

People without much sense of history imagine the world as static. They assume that if the present order is failing, the system is collapsing, and there is no alternative. A historical imagination equips you to understand that change is ceaseless. You only have to look to the past to see such a world, dramatically different half a century ago, stunningly so a century ago.

Davos man must pay

Davos man must pay

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has always been more than a little problematic. But in recent years, the annual gathering of the rich and powerful has become an increasingly wasteful exercise in vanity.

The verbs of resilience

The verbs of resilience

The clusters are focused on building regenerative capacity, sensing emerging risks, responding to disruption, and learning and transformation.

Why are so many Americans dying right now?

Why are so many Americans dying right now?

According to one tabulation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300,000 additional Americans have died over the past three years whom we would not have expected to in more normal times. David Wallace-Wells Link to full article in The New...

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