The Great Recession, Energy Depletion, and Political Turmoil
By Nicole Foss, futurist, international lecturer, and co-author of www.TheAutomaticEarth.blogspot.com
Free and open to the public
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 3rd, 7:00 PM
Location: The Goodman Center
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704
Sponsors: WORT, Madison Peak Oil Group, UW Madison Energy Hub, Transition Madison Area, RENEW Wisconsin
Pre-event Publicity: Nicole Foss will be interviewed live on WORT during an hour-long program starting at noon on Monday, January 2nd. Richard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, and Dmitry Orlov – leading luminaries in the Peak Oil/Post-Carbon world – will be calling in as guests.
Matt Rothschild of Progressive Radio will also be interviewing Nicole on Wednesday Jan 4th. It will be available here: https://www.progressive.org/radioweekly
During the past year, tremendous political and economic turmoil has rocked the United States and the world. Wisconsin – the center of the storm last February – has witnessed an unprecedented resurgence of citizen interest and engagement. In this midst of this upheaval we find ourselves challenged to re-imagine politics, economics, and government itself.
Meanwhile the aftershocks of the Financial Meltdown of 2008 continue to shake the world. With the Great Recession showing no signs of abatement, and the Euro on the verge of collapse, events are unfolding very much as futurist Nicole Foss predicted several years ago. With 1000 postings and counting at the website www.TheAutomaticEarth.blogspot.com , Nicole and her writing partners have provided readers with many insights into the interplay between Peak Oil, finance, and monetary policy. Not only did Nicole warn that a Financial Meltdown was imminent well before it occurred (a prediction which eluded leading economists such as Nobel-prize-winning Paul Krugman and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke), she foresaw the NATURE of the violent oscillations in energy and commodity prices that would ensue.
Having lectured widely in North America and Europe during the past few years (including Madison appearances in September and October 2010), Nicole Foss is returning here for another presentation – one which is generating widespread interest and excitement.
How do these forces and trends intersect? What might be our vision for the future – one which combines a sober recognition of Earth’s biophysical limits…with a human-centric economic system…financial and government reforms…and an engaged, informed electorate? It is our hope that events like this will inspire Wisconsin citizens to engage in vigorous, civil, and open-minded debate.