Not all roads lead to Rome: Crisis without collapse


CPD members are invited to join Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, creativity and the renewal of civilisation and CPD fellow Ian Dunlop to discuss the threats – and opportunities – posed by the multiple converging crises we face today.

Thomas (Tad) Homer-Dixon is Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
He is one of the world’s leading authorities on environmental security
and social adaptation to complex stress. Ian Dunlop is a former senior
oil, gas and coal executive and former chair of the Australian Coal Association. He is currently working on a paper on carbon quotas for the CPD. Miriam Lyons, Director of the CPD, will chair the discussion – with plenty of time for questions from the floor.

We are thrilled to be able to bring these speakers together for a
members-only event in Sydney at 12:30pm on Monday August 27th. The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts is kindly hosting it for us at Level 1, 280 Pitt St.

RSVP is essential: please also let us know if you’d like to join the speakers for lunch at the Palace Chinese Restaurant afterwards. RSVP online here or call (02) 9514 2034 or email contact(at) Download the flyer here.

‘My aim is to begin a conversation about why breakdown of some kind is
becoming more likely, how we can keep it from being so severe that it’s
debilitating and what we can do to exploit the opportunities it
presents when it happens.’

Thomas Homer-Dixon on ‘The Upside of Down’

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