Food System Economics Commission—Why now?

Dear Friends, I recently took on the role of Interim Commission Director for the Food System Economics Commission—an independent, interdisciplinary academic commission working to deliver a state-of-the-art scientific assessment on the economics of the transition to healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems. Food systems at all levels suffer from flawed design, supply chain vulnerabilities, and … Continue reading Food System Economics Commission—Why now?

Integrative Geopolitics—Earth Day talk at Lehigh University

An Earth Day talk, delivered to Lehigh University by Joseph Robertson, on the 50th annual Earth Day—April 22, 2020. Integrative Geopolitics: Climate Resilience in a Post-COVID World This online event is the keynote for Lehigh’s Earth Week 2020 Celebration, with support from the Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Environmental Initiative, Environmental Studies Program, … Continue reading Integrative Geopolitics—Earth Day talk at Lehigh University

Macrocritical Resilience is the Fast Track to Shared Prosperity

We are entering a new age for the Earth’s climate and for the way we conceive of finance. “Macrocritical resilience” is a wonky way of talking about reducing risk and achieving health in areas of activity that affect everything you live and strive for. It is a common sense idea: the underlying foundations of value … Continue reading Macrocritical Resilience is the Fast Track to Shared Prosperity

Call to Action on Planetary Emergency

On March 26, on behalf of Geoversiv, I signed an Open Letter to Global Leaders to show support for a Call to Action from the Planetary Emergency Partnership. Geoversiv was created to foster collaborative investigation and innovation, to address and transcend the global unsustainability crisis. We are now facing multiple overlapping planetary-scale emergencies—each of which … Continue reading Call to Action on Planetary Emergency

Biodiversity is a Measure of Our Actual & Potential Wellbeing

What is Biodiversity? And why should it matter to you? Biological diversity is a vital sign for nature’s complex life-support systems. If you have too few species in a given environment, the complex ecosystem that makes life work in that environment is more vulnerable to serious disruption. To put it bluntly, a less biodiverse ecosystem … Continue reading Biodiversity is a Measure of Our Actual & Potential Wellbeing

Planetary Systems Need Us to Be Smarter

2020 New Year’s Letter from Geoversiv’s Founder Dear Friends, As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, Geoversiv aims to reiterate the importance of embracing complexity, committing to critical thinking, and supporting the spread of creative collaborative innovation for social good and the health and wellbeing of people and planetary systems. In 2019, … Continue reading Planetary Systems Need Us to Be Smarter

UK is Stress-Testing Banks for Climate Risk; All Nations Should

A week before Christmas, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, wrote in the Financial Times that the UK is now stress-testing banks for climate risk and resilience. Specifically, he writes: Modelling for the full extent of climate-related financial risk is complex and challenging. Britain can lead the way next year, when we … Continue reading UK is Stress-Testing Banks for Climate Risk; All Nations Should

The Deep Story of the Climate Crisis is Disruption of Human Experience

Climate disruption is a story of unprecedented threat, globally and locally. It is also a story of unprecedented opportunity, at all levels. No one has ever faced a challenge of this scope, complexity, and scale. And yet, the daunting speed and complexity of the challenge is precisely what human intelligence has evolved to deal with. … Continue reading The Deep Story of the Climate Crisis is Disruption of Human Experience

Knowledge Economy: Outmaneuvering Disinformation & Injustice

The widespread ongoing assault on open access to truth is spreading injustice and obstructing greatly needed innovation. For 240 years, one after another society acted in some way to break free from the deep injustice of the feudal system, in which some people owned others and human rights were more an ideal than a reality. … Continue reading Knowledge Economy: Outmaneuvering Disinformation & Injustice