Collapse & Transformation

Growing global crises will dominate our lives and the lives of our children.

Over the next few decades, the collapse of major ecosystems will accelerate, driven by the imperative for endless growth inherent in industrial capitalism and its accompanying consumer culture. If this trend continues, growing economic and social crises will inevitably destroy civilization as we know it. However, positive outcomes are also possible. Constructive new values, technologies, and social organizations are emerging. Together, these are beginning to develop post-industrial societal structures and economic processes. Humanity has the potential to transform the existing unjust and unsustainable system into a just and sustainable one. These trends are explored in Collapse & Transformation and in Evolution’s Edge.

Collapse & Transformation

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Industrial civilization will soon collapse. We examine three issues: why global industrial civilization is unsustainable, what the requirements are for a sustainable civilization, and how we can help a peaceful and sustainable civilization come into being.


Graphic Presentation

Collapse & Transformation: Part 1, Part 2

This graphic presentation is designed to demonstrate that the world as we know it is about to be transformed.


The Next 20 Years: A Time of Transformation

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The key to understanding future developments is recognising hat the two major trends shaping global events—worsening problems and emerging solutions—are interconnected. Growing economic and environmental crises will soon reach tipping points that focus public attention on the existence of both dangerous threats and viable solutions. Then (and only then) will most leaders begin to make transformational decisions.

In this video talk, Thomas Bury uses graphics to introduce the mathematics of tipping points . . .

Introduction to Evolution's Edge

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Albert Einstein said that problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. Because the global system creates problems like war, poverty, and environmental destruction, it cannot solve them. But they could be solved at a different level — by a new type of planetary civilization with different views, values, and social institutions.

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