The Art of Rapid Transition

A series of talks and conversations from nef's programme at the Hay Festival 2009 on new ways of thinking in times of oil depletion, climate change, financial meltdown and food insecurity.

June 6, 2010 // Written by:

Nick Robins,John Kay,Carlos Alfaro,Julia Wright,Andrew Simms,James Marriott,Rob Hopkins,Rosie Boycott,Simon Forrester,Nick Butler,Jane Davidson,Monty Don,Revel Guest

We are living in what can only be described as interesting times: a debt-fuelled economic crisis, the looming peak and decline of global oil production, and the potential loss of a climate system able conducive to stable, flourishing societies.

The Art of Rapid Transition was a series of five extraordinary events hosted by nef at the Hay Literary Festival in 2009. They were inspired by the admission by the former Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan that: “I discovered a flaw in the model that I perceived as the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works”.

There are a range of positive examples, both past and present, which provide a rich source of inspiration for the Great Transition to a new economy. From Cuba, where the response to the sudden loss of cheap oil and subsequent economic collapse was so successful that it was dubbed the ‘anti-model’ in Washington DC, to the spectacular growth of the Transition Town movement, and the lessons that can be learnt from resource-use during war-time, The Art of Rapid Transition presents a range of positive ideas about how to survive (and thrive) in times of crises, and be better equipped to deal with emerging challenges.

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Energy & Climate Change, International Development

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