David Korten: Declaring our Independence from Wall Street

August 31, 2010.  "We need to get free of Wall Street," David Korten's eyes blazed, "not try to fix it by tinkering at the margins... It can't be fixed. It has essentially become a legal crime syndicate" (my paraphrase). With a David-meets-Goliath fervor, our passionate … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Energy Investment – Energy Return (136)

Independent financial consultant Jim Hansen runs every investment through the "peak oil test". In this presentation from the ASPO-USA 2008 conference, he explores traditional energy investments; opportunities in renewables, rail, and electrifying the transportation system; … [Read more...]

Making Financial Sense of the Coming Energy Crisis (131)

"We are living in historic times", says financial consultant Jim Puplava. As reflected in his weekly Financial Sense Newshour (actually several hour-long podcasts), Jim has been factoring peak oil into his financial picture for several years. In this interview, plus excerpts … [Read more...]

Middle Class Lifeboat – Careers and Life Choices for Staying Afloat (127)

Paul and Sarah Edwards are authors of a timely book Middle-Class Lifeboat: Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy. In a world of decreasing resources, they ask, how do we financially support ourselves while moving towards sustainable lives? Emphasizing … [Read more...]

Protecting Your Money in a Declining Economy (118)

Are we in the perfect financial storm? Marc Cuniberti, a market analyst and host of "Money Matters" on our local community radio station KVMR, thinks so. Marc talks about the cause of inflation (rising prices are just a symptom) and how you can stop it with a candy bar! He … [Read more...]

Calm Before the Storm (115)

Richard Heinberg, author of "Peak Everything", reviews the accelerating events since mid-2007, including the credit crunch and fossil fuel price volatility, noting that we've missed most of the best opportunities to manage collapse. He asks, "how far down the staircase of … [Read more...]

Social Effects of Peak Oil

How will rising oil prices affect low- and middle-class lives? Sociologist and professor Rowan Wolf sees at-risk populations growing while government services and class divides are increasingly strained. A member of the Portland Peak Oil Task Force, she discusses … [Read more...]