Reconsidering the 21st Century: Foresight & Hindsight: The Great Transition Initiative

August 1, 2014 in filtered based on organisation


Happy to see Paul Raskin deliver the keynote address, A Great Transition? Where We Stand, with a clear 22nd century perspective at the biennial conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) in Reykjavik, Iceland, in August 2014.


The full text can be found here.


Concluding Remarks

Will we succeed? My crystal ball is as cloudy as yours, but I’ll share with you a rather vivid pipe-dream I had recently. It’s the year 2101, and we have reconvened for ISEE’s 56th biennial conference on the theme Reconsidering the Twenty-first Century: Foresight and Hindsight. (Remarkably, I’m there to deliver the third in this series of once-a-century presentations.) So, the bad news is that I found it all too easy to imagine a world of sorrow, where we are looking back on a disastrous century, ruefully recalling “what could have been.”
The good news is that a little effort could summon a happier scene, where we are retracing the twists and turns of what has come to be called the Great Transition. We marvel at how far we have travelled toward a planetary civilization worthy of the name, but also take note of the lingering problems from the past and the new challenges ahead. Before departing, we pause to salute the generations of the transition who rose up for the future when the century was still young.
That’s my vision. What’s yours? To quote Bob Dylan: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours.” So, 2101. Pencil in the date. Meanwhile, we have work to do.

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