Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse, explored the question "What is it that we are looking at here, and what can we do about it?" He believes that there is not much hope for a global financial system and economy, nor should there be given the huge problems it is causing with the environment. If this is the case, then what can people do, in terms of coping with financial collapse, creating community resilience, and re-skilling for the new, local, self-reliant, highly manual age that is coming?
Capital Partnerships: a Debt-Free Solution to the Property Crash
a lecture by Chris Cook
Date: 7:00pm, Wednesday 5th November, 2008
Venue: McClelland Room, Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.
Entry: 5 Euro Feasta members, 10 Euro non-members
Chris Cook, an international expert on Open Capital and a widely published energy market consultant, discussed his ground-breaking ideas for capital partnerships, a financing structure that could provide a debt-free solution to the Irish property crash.
The global financial crisis has highlighted the urgent need to refinance trillions of euros’ worth …
Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta Seminar Series
Date and Time: 12 noon, 1 Friday followed by 4 Thursdays in June and July 2008 Venue: Irish Architectural Archive building, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 This series of seminars was aimed primarily at policymakers, however Feasta members were most welcome too.
The five seminars are as follows:
The Future’s Not What it Used to Be, Friday 13th June David Korowicz
Many of our civilisation’s key resources have become more tightly coupled and are under increasing strain. We look at the systemic interactions of energy, greenhouse gasses, food, and the macroeconomy; …
Property prices have fallen by 6% and tax receipts are down €600 million in the first quarter. Panic is beginning to take hold. Expectations of soft landings are fading as developers slash selling prices and buyers hold off till things settle. Architects-the canaries of the building industry-are being handed their P45s as developers close up shop, bank their land and migrate to London to build the Olympics. The banks meanwhile are frightened to lend to each other as their security and assets are revalued in an atmosphere of suspicion and uncertainty. All these factors are leading to a credit squeeze and recession. Whether this recession will be short, a simple overdue correction of an overheated property market, or whether it deepens into a serious economic depression, depends on how the government reacts.
Feasta, in association with the Trinity Greens presented
The Will Howard Memorial Lecture:
Climate Change: First, the bad news, then the good.
Please click on the poster to open a full-size, printable pdf version. (250 K)
7.30pm, April 18th, 2008
Emmett Lecture Theatre
Trinity College, Dublin.
Admission free but donations requested.
David Wasdell, Director of the Meridian Programme, a world-renowned expert in the dynamics of climate change, delivered the bad news: Feedback Dynamics and the Acceleration of Climate Change. He argued that because many feedback mechanisms have been ignored, the pace at which climate change is now …