Hooked on Growth – Meet the Filmmaker (177)

Dave Gardner's upcoming documentary looks at modern society and asks, why are we behaving irrationally? There's overwhelming evidence we've reached the limits to growth, yet we continue in our addiction. In searching for a cure, Dave starts with the need to tell different … [Read more...]

Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution (175)

What kind of life do you want, and what are you willing to do to get it? Keith Farnish, author of Time's Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis, sees industrial civilization as the most destructive way of living yet devised by humans. And it's over: environmental … [Read more...]

Taping authors Keith Farnish (Time’s Up) and Kathy Harrison (Just in Case)

Today we taped two lively long distance conversations. We retaped a conversation with Keith Farnish, since the earlier show we'd taped — our first using skype on a friend's DSL line — had technical difficulties that made it unusable. Computer-savvy Keith gave us the fix for … [Read more...]

The Sacred Demise of Industrial Civilization (169)

As a historian, Carolyn Baker has a keen eye for current events that are indicators of the collapse we’re seeing all around us. But she's also a former psychotherapist concerned about how we personally navigate the turbulence and find meaning within it. The author of Sacred … [Read more...]

Dave Gardner — a Conversation Destined to Happen

It was a Peak Moment Conversation destined to be, and the angels must've worked overtime to bring it together. It started last week when I "just happened" to see an email message for the filmmakers group on the Transitionus.ning website — a list I check maybe once a month … [Read more...]

The Crash Course — Exponential Growth Meets Reality (166)

"The next twenty years will be totally unlike the last twenty... We’ll face the greatest economic and physical challenges ever seen by our country, if not humanity.” So opens Chris Martenson's much-viewed online Crash Course illuminating the relationship between economy, … [Read more...]

Peak Oil – Adapting for Big Changes Ahead (155)

With a long-time eye to declining energy resources, Bart Anderson envisions a very different society in five years. The former editor of Energy Bulletin.net offers advice for post-oil living: Understand the problem. Prepare psychologically for big shifts and the unexpected. … [Read more...]

The Twilight of an Age (138)

In his book, The Long Descent, John Michael Greer observes that our culture has two primary stories: "Infinite Progress" or "Catastrophe". On the contrary, he sees history as cyclic: civilizations rise and fall. Like others, ours is exhausting its resource base. Cheap energy … [Read more...]

An Inside Look at an Emergency Survival Kit (122)

If an emergency forced you to evacuate your home, would you be prepared? Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails, shows what to pack in your 72-hour emergency survival kit — and why. Check out the first aid kits, sleeping bag and space blanket, LED flashlight, … [Read more...]

Learning From the Collapse of Earlier Societies (112)

According to Professor Guy Prouty, every civilization rises, evolves, and then collapses to a simpler structure -- and this will include our own. Comparing America with the Western Roman Empire, Prouty notes the over-reach of our military, the unsustainability of capitalism, … [Read more...]