4/16/2016 0 Comments

The world is already seeing the effects of the end of cheap resources, e.g. higher or more volatile food and fuel prices. Yet, many people seem unaware or think it's a complicated issue that doesn't concern them. But it does, the coming decade is going to be completely unlike the last ten years. This is because we, humanity, have entered a situation similar to the "perfect storm" with several converging crises in ecology, energy, and economy. We have hit the limits to growth.

Extrapolating the future from the past is not a good idea. Reality is much more complicated and complex systems (e.g. ecosystem or the economy) behave in nonlinear ways. As such it's becoming increasingly important to communities, businesses and individuals to educate themselves so they can make sound investments in a future full of  shocks and surprises. For example, realizing that well-being doesn't come from money but from having a healthy social and ecological community. 

There are no silver bullets in becoming more resilient towards shocks (e.g. storms, financial crisis, unemployment etc). But the first step is to learn more about what's really going on in our economy, in our local ecosystems or the biosphere as a whole. Without good knowledge of our current growth dilemma it will be hard to know what steps to take to move forward.

For a short introduction to some key topics that will be touched upon in this blog have a look at my Prezi presentation named "The Big Picture".