‘BIG PICTURE’ THINKERS

Sir John Bennington

Kenneth Boulding – was an economist, educator, peace activist, poet, religious mystic, devoted Quaker, systems scientist, and interdisciplinary philosopher. He was cofounder of General Systems Theory and author of the famous essay on Spaceship Earth

William R. Catton –  

Noam Chomsky –

Herman Daly – seminal thinker about the steady state economy.  This article ‘Economics for a Full World’ outlines his core ideas

Paul Ehrlich – a prominent ecologist and demographer, best known for his dire warnings about population growth and limited resources. He stands by his general thesis that the human population is too large and is a direct threat to human survival and the environment of the planet.

Buckminster Fuller – was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth” and synergetic.

John Michael Greer –

Sam Harris – an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist, co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason who feels that the survival of civilization is in danger because of a taboo against questioning religious beliefs that impedes progress toward more enlightened approaches to spirituality and ethics.http://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_science_can_show_what_s_right#t-390816

Richard Heinberg – an American journalist and educator who has written extensively on energy, economic, and ecological issues, including oil depletion. He is the author of eleven books and serves as the senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. http://wn.com/richard_heinberg_peak_everything_part_1

Michael Jacobs – his book The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future, applying the concept of sustainability and principles of thermodynamics to economic policy, was published by Pluto Press in 1991. See his website here.

Derrick Jensen –

Paul Kingsnorth –

David Korten – has assisted in raising public consciousness of the political and institutional consequences of economic globalization and the expansion of corporate power at the expense of democracy, equity, and environmental protection. Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes the quarterly YES! Magazine. He is also a founding board member, emeritus, of theBusiness Alliance for Local Living Economies, a former associate of the International Forum on Globalization,[3] and a member of the Club of Rome. Korten’s 2006 book The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community argues that the development of empires about 5,000 years ago, initiated unequal distribution of power and social benefits to the small portion of the population they controlled. He also argues that corporations are modern versions of empire, both being social organizations based on hierarchies, chauvinism, and domination through violence. The rise of powerful, advanced technology combined with the control of corporate- as well as nation-based empires is described as becoming increasingly destructive to communities and the environment. Korten postulates that the world is on the verge of a perfect storm of converging crises, including anthropogenic adverse climate changepost-peak oil production decline, and a financial crisis caused by an unbalanced global economy. This will precipitate major changes to the current economic and social structure. Korten believes that these crises will present an opportunity for significant changes that could replace the paradigm of “Empire” with one of “Earth Community”. Although recognizing the potential that the opportunity may not be seized, Korten hopes that this opportunity will result in the emergence of an “Earth Community”, based on sustainable, just, and caring communities that incorporate the values of mutual responsibility and accountability.

James Lovelock – an independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist, best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the biosphere is a self-regulating entity with the capacity to keep our planet healthy by controlling the interconnections of the chemical and physical environment. http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/culture/2013/03/james-lovelock-man-all-seasons

Guy McPherson –

George Monbiot – a polemical campaigner who always provides well-documented support for his regular pieces in the Guardian newspaper and his blogs. He is a prolific campaigner and activist. http://www.monbiot.com/

Sir Martin Rees – a British cosmologist, astrophysicist and Astronomer Royal since 1995, who has raised serious doubts about our survival beyond year 2100 http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_rees_asks_is_this_our_final_century

 Barbara Ward – was a British economist and writer interested in the problems of developing countries. She urged Western governments to share their prosperity with the rest of the world and in the 1960s turned her attention to environmental questions as well. She was an early advocate of sustainable development before this term became familiar.

E.O.Wilson 

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