On September 8th, 2010 Alex Steffen gave a lecture to the public at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. If the name is unfamiliar to you, Alex Steffen is someone you should read about. He edited the book WorldChanging, a 600 page:
A Users Guide for the 21st Century is a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future.
Steffen painted a bleak picture of what our world could be like if we continue to misuse it. The talk was filled with memorable little sound bits like “Global Somalia” and “Alligators in the Arctic” and although he described a pretty grim image of the world in 2050 he seemed hopeful that we could change this path that we’re on.
I was able to record his talk on my phone and have posted the full hour lecture just below. Have a listen and let me know what you think.[audio:http://www.haigarmen.com/wp-content/files/2010/09/steffen-talk.mp3|titles=Alex Steffen Lecture]