Monday, 14 September 2009

Dennis Meadows on Limits to Growth & Solving Problems

Most people who talk about Limits to growth have never read the book that started it all 37 years ago. Most people who deride it, have not understood the arguments (or read the book) and are guilty of straw man argumentation. So, why not let Dennis L. Meadows one of the authors of the original book spell it out again in his commemorative lecture for the Japan Prize in 2009.

There are a few gold nuggets in his speech about our predicament and our ability to solve difficult problems that have a changing evaluation horizon. Short version: doesn't look good in the short term, but in the long term things might turn ok.