When Oil Peaked

April 11, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Kenneth S. Deffeyes, emeritus professor of geology at Princeton University, former researcher for Shell Oil, and author of When Oil Peaked and Hubbert’s Peak: the Impending World Oil Shortage, joins ZOOM’D to offer a candid assessment of oil and energy realities in the world today—and coming tomorrow. In Hubbert’s Peak and Beyond Oil, Ken laid out a rationale for why world oil production would continue to follow a bell-shaped curve, with the peak occurring in 2005. Ken sees no reason to change his prediction, despite the global recession and oil price volatility. Continued depletion of oil fields, compounded by short-sighted cutbacks in new exploration, virtually ensures that the mid-decade peak in global oil production will never be surpassed. Join Ken and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt as they explore implications for a future of extraordinary change, while pointing to other minerals of the earth that may also be in shorter supply than “flat earth” prognosticators suggest.

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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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