Trapped by Fossil Fuels

November 2, 2009
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute and author of nine books including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and the recently released Blackout, joins ZOOM’D for a provocative review of the ever-growing urgency to transition away from fossil fuels. With an unflinching approach to facts and realism, Richard explores the tenuousness of our current way of living, describes how we are trapped by both high and low oil prices, and places an exclamation point on Peak Oil and the devastating impact it will have on economic, food, and transportation systems. Along with a sobering view of reality, Richard provides a vision for a truly sustainable future—and stresses the importance of building resilience in preparation for very challenging times to come.

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John D. Schmidt

John D. Schmidt

John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.

John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.

John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.

John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.

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