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Annie Bloom’s Bookstore Talk
May 6, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Joel Magnuson presents The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy
Joel Magnuson’s visionary insights into the decline of the Oil Age and life afterward combine sobering warnings with genuine hope. The facts are hard: global oil reserves are peaking and the violent race to secure what’s left has already begun. Meanwhile, our culture of consumption continues its heedless dependence on this and other scarce and fast-disappearing resources including other fossil fuels, fresh water, topsoil, and basic metals. The consequences won’t just be expense gasoline. The very nature of life as we’ve come to know it will change and Magnuson explains how compounding factors like global warming, skyrocketing debt, and ill-prepared governments stand to turn this inevitable change into needless catastrophe.
But the hope is real: individuals and communities around the world have already begun moving in a different direction. Drawing on the visionary work of John Ruskin, Lewis Mumford, E.F. Schumacher, and other pioneering thinkers, Magnuson argues that mindful and concerted action can shape the future for the better. With an emphasis on developing new and very different economic institutions that are centered on self-reliance, ecological permanence, stability, and a celebration of human creativity, he shows that the true great transformation is already underway
and it’s up to us to continue it.
Joel Magnuson is an independent economist based in Portland, Oregon. He is a visiting fellow at the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, serves as an international advisor to Anglia’s Interconnections, and is on the faculty at the East West Sanctuary in Nagykovácsi, Hungary.