Nicole Foss: The Great Recession, Energy Depletion, and Political Turmoil at Goodman TONIGHT
- Nicole Foss will be speaking tonight at 7 at the Goodman (details below). She is quite an interesting speaker. I heard her speak when she was here back in 2010. Her thinking is amazing--bringing together economics, social relations, and the natural/physical world in one very all-encompassing view. She is very good at demonstrating--jargon-free--the physical/energy resource limits we are up against on this earth. But it isn't all doom & gloom. She has a somewhat hopeful outlook for those willing to move away from the wasteful consumption habits. (Heads up permaculturists & local community-builders!)And for whatever it is worth, this talk will go a very long way toward explaining why some of us have been fighting for decades for sustainable ways of getting around, land use patterns that are amenable to walking, biking and transit (i.e., community) and hyper-energy efficiency in our buildings. Given all of the paving, parking & inefficient buildings going in all over the place right now, we're going to be seeing a lot of what they call stranded capital in the not-too-distant future.-Mike---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hans Noeldner <hans_noeldner@...>
Date: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM
Subject: Tue Jan 3 - Don't Miss!
To: Hans Noeldner <hans_noeldner@...>
Please join us this Tuesday evening for a special repeat appearance in Madison:
Nicole Foss: futurist, international lecturer, and co-author of
the top-rated financial blog www.TheAutomaticEarth.blogspot.com
The Great Recession, Energy Depletion, and Political Turmoil
Free and open to the public
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 3rd, 7:00 PM
Location: The Goodman Community 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 developing 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 with 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 like 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 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, respectful, and open-minded debate.