Our Presenters for The Age of Limits, 2014
Confirmed as of 2014 02 7
Dr. Dennis L. Meadows: is an American scientist, Emeritus Professor of Systems Management and former director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. He is President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning and widely known as the co-author of "The Limits to Growth."
Dennis Meadows received a BA from Carleton College, a Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and holds four honorary doctorates. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where from 1970 to 1972 he was director of the "Club of Rome Project on the Predicament of Mankind". Later Meadows was a tenured professor in faculties of management, engineering, and social sciences. For many years he was the director of a graduate program based in business and engineering. He has facilitated workshops and developed innovative and complex strategic games all over the world for decades.
He has been the Director of three university research institutes: at MIT, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. He is the Past President of the International System Dynamics Society and the International Simulation and Games Association. He has been a corporate board member and a consultant for government, industry and non-profit groups in the U.S. and many countries abroad. He co-founded the Balaton Group, an international network of over 300 professionals in over 30 nations involved in systems science, public policy and sustainable development. In the year 2008 he supported the project GPSO. He has received numerous international awards for his work, including the Japan Prize in April 2009.
"The Limits to Growth"
The Limits to Growth is a 1972 book modeling the consequences of a rapidly growing world population and finite resource supplies, commissioned by the Club of Rome. Meadows coauthored the book with Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III. The book used the World3 model to simulate the consequence of interactions between the Earth's and human systems. The purpose of The Limits to Growth was not to make specific predictions, but to explore how exponential growth interacts with finite resources. Because the size of resources is not known, only the general behavior can be explored.
"In 1972 it was inconceivable to most people that the physical impact of humanity's activities could ever grow large enough to alter basic natural processes of the globe. But now we routinely observe, acknowledge, and discuss the ozone hole, destruction of marine fisheries, climate change and other global problems."
"Now we must tell people how to manage an orderly reduction of their activities back down below the limits of the earth's resources.."
John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and the author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, and the forthcoming The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered.
A scholar of ecological history, an award-winning author and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, “The Archdruid Report”, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is a certified Master Conserver, an organic gardener, and has been active in the alternative spirituality movement for more than 25 years. John lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.
John posts every Thursday at The Archdruid Report, a highly regarded blog examining nature, culture and the future of industrial society.
Dmitry Orlov is a Russian-American engineer and writer on subjects related to the "potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States," something he has called “the permanent crisis”. Orlov believes collapse will be the result of huge military budgets, government deficits, an unresponsive political system and declining oil production.
Orlov was born in Saint Petersburg and moved to the United States at the age of 12, earning a BS in Computer Engineering and an MA in Applied Linguistics. Over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late 1980s and mid-1990s he was an eyewitness to the collapse of the Soviet Union which he chronicled in a series of essays. His most recent book is Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects.
"When faced with a collapsing economy, one should stop thinking of wealth in terms of money." ·He continues to write regularly on his blog “Club Orlov”.
Gail Tverberg is a professional actuary and Mathematician, global limits analyst and writer. A a clear and numerate voice discussing a complex subject.She has an M. S. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in Mathematics, and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Her earlier professional work showed an interest in quantifying the financial effects of global climate and fossil fuel depletion. Since the mid 2,000's Gail has focused her research and writing on these subjects and additionally the world financial system within the context of industrial collapse. She is a regular contributor to the leading publications in the field and posts to her own blog "Our Finite World."
Orren Whiddon read the original "Limits to Growth" report in 1974 and has never looked back. Founding Four Quarters in 1994 has provided much practical experience in the art of growing a rural based community as well as the applied realities of local food production and shelter. As a consulting engineer he has stayed abreast of the technical developments and has "Engineered" Four Quarters with the ethic of reduce what you need and sustain what you use. He is the lead organizer for The Age of Limits and has written on both nature based spirituality and industrial collapse.
Albert Bates is author of The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook and numerous books, films and new media on energy, environment and history. A former environmental rights lawyer, paramedic, brick mason, flour miller, and horse trainer, he received the Right Livelihood Award in 1980 as part of the steering committee of Plenty, working to preserve the cultures of indigenous peoples, and board of directors of The Farm, a pioneering intentional community in Tennessee for the past 35 years. A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently GEN's representative to the UN climate talks. When not tinkering with fuel wringers for algae, hemp cheeses, or pyrolizing cookstoves, he teaches permaculture, ecovillage design and natural building and is a frequent guest on the ETC Podcast. He tweets at @peaksurfer and blogs at peaksurfer.blogspot.com.
Dr. Mark Cochrane:conducts interdisciplinary work combining ecology , remote sensing, and other fields of study to provide a landscape perspective of the dynamic processes involved in land-cover change. He is an expert on wildfire, documenting the characteristics, behavior and severe effects of fire in tropical and temperate forests that are inherent to current systems of human land-use and management. His research focuses on understanding spatial patterns, interactions and synergisms between the multiple physical and biological factors that affect ecosystems. Recently published work has emphasized the climate change, human dimensions of land-cover change and the potential for sustainable development. In his ongoing research program, Dr. Cochrane continues to investigate the drivers and effects of disturbance regime changes resulting from various forms of forest degradation, including fire, fragmentation and logging as well as the mitigating effects of forest management. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from Pennsylvania State University and a S.B. in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
KMO Conversation Facilitator
KMO is the host and producer of the C-Realm Podcast and author of the book ‘Conversations on Collapse.’ He recently relocated from the Ecovillage Training Center on the Farm in Summertown, TN to Brooklyn, NY. He describes himself as, “a recovering libertarian and Singularitarian."
He was an early employee of Amazon.com, made a lot of money on stock options, spent it all, and had to re-enter the rat race with a decade-sized hole in his resume. He spent a good portion of his temporary, early retirement studying NLP, public speaking, and leadership while working to establish himself as a web-cartoonist. During this period he also traveled repeatedly to the Peruvian Amazon to participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Libertarian ideology and techno-utopian fantasies are very attractive and self-validating when one is living on the proceeds of an internet stock-option windfall. They are less attractive and self-validating when scrambling to earn a living and starting from scratch in middle age. The six year arc of the C-Realm Podcast provides an unintended look into KMO’s evolving worldview”
Peter Kilde Conversation Facilitator
Peter Kilde has been executive director of the West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc, since 1995. West CAP provides low income housing, homelessness and foreclosure prevention programs, weatherization, food security and sustainable community initiatives. He serves on the national Community Action Partnership Board of Directors, where he chairs the “New Reality Initiative” focused on how the depletion of fossil fuels and other natural resources, environmental degradation, and economic turmoil impact low income communities.
Peter also serves on the Boards of ASPO – USA, his regional Workforce Development Board, the local Habitat for Humanity and the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation. Prior to coming to West CAP, Mr. Kilde was operations director of Wilder Forest, a 1,200-acre conference and education center linking social and environmental concerns.
Peter Kilde lives on a small farm near Spring Valley, Wisconsin, with his wife and three daughters.