Keynote: The Progress Trap

Keynote lecture by Ronald Wright.

May 2014
15:00 to 16:00

Drawing on his bestselling book ans Massey Lectures 'A Short History of Progress', in which he coined the term 'progress trap', Ronald Wright will discuss how our modern social and environmental crisis stem from patterns of progress and disaster that are as old as civilization itself.

The past two hundred years have brought such runaway growth in human numbers, consumption, and technology that our ‘experiment’ with civilization now threatens to overwhelm the natural world on which it depends.

We must choose between a world out of control -- in which billions will fight over dwindling land, food, water and other resources -- or one in which we take control of our drives and agree on universal rules of order by which civilization can endure in peace, justice, and shared plenty.

Ronald Wright

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