Parkland Fall Conference 2020
November 16-21, 2020, University of Alberta

2020-11-20 Commanding Hope: The power we have to renew a world in peril

Friday speaker • Nov 20, 7PM

Commanding Hope: The power we have to renew a world in peril

with Thomas Homer-Dixon

Frightening pandemics, terrible inequality, racism and poverty, rising political authoritarianism, the inescapable climate crisis, and the resuscitated danger of nuclear war. We know the story. Each of these crises seems so much larger than any one of us can understand or handle. Yet in 2020, they’re all going critical simultaneously. In his Parkland keynote talk, Thomas Homer-Dixon will speak to the findings in his new book, Commanding Hope, to show why and how we got here; and most importantly, show the powers we possess to renew our imperiled world. To learn more about this talk and his hopeful book, go to Commanding Hope.

Thomas Homer-Dixon is director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, and he holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. Between 2009 and 2014, he was founding director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. Since joining the University of Waterloo, Mr. Homer-Dixon’s research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity. He has published a number of books and writes regularly for the Toronto Globe and Mail.