Interview with Futurist Eric Garland

November 3, 2010 at 11:14 am
Contributed by: Chris

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Eric Garland (@ericgarland), a futurist and consultant I have come to know on Twitter. (See his blog: Competitive Futures)

His audience is interested in understanding the important issues of the future, so we discussed the meaning and import of peak oil, the relationship of energy to food supply, the future of the airline and transportation industries, the inevitability of relocalization, the role of the military in energy transition, investing strategies, and how to prepare oneself to be resilient in an increasingly challenging future.

This audio interview is in three parts, below the fold.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

2 Comments

  1. Chris,

    Enough time to get into some bits of detail and all the more compelling for it. I particularly liked seeing you delve some into the agricultural aspects of the energy crunch, something that our urban centric society is oblivious to. You probably wouldn’t want to talk about it publicly because of its sensitive nature, but have you ever looked into what happened in Cuba when they lost 40% of their best oil from Russia overnite when the USSR collapsed? It’s quite a story, their having to move from industrial agriculture to mostly organic, which they accomplished the bulk of in about 5 years. In the first 2 or 3 years the average Cuban lost 20lbs (something that definitely wouldn’t hurt here). Now they are some of the healthiest folks in the world and without the farm run-off of chemicals the seas around them are also the healthiest and some of the most productive. Cuba is a veritable agricultural/ecological laboratory that we should be studying in detail, if we had a modicum of common sense.

    Comment by Ron Shook — November 4, 2010 @ 12:23 am

  2. While I completely agree that what Cuba did was amazing when it’s oil supply was severely reduced it needs to be pointed out that Cuba was run by a dictator who called the shots and made the transition happen, i.e. no committees, no opposition groups, no corporate influence, no bickering political parties.

    Comment by Rudy Werner — January 20, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

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