New Idea? Or … Business as Usual?

In this talk, John Michael Greer asks his audience to acknowledge that one of the least recognized and most pervasive challenges we face in moving toward a saner relationship between natural systems and human communities is the way that a set of repeatedly failed ideas about the future keep being recycled in the popular imagination.

By recognizing these stereotyped “new ideas” for what they are – business as usual under another label – we can step past some of today’s least useful controversies and engage creatively with the emerging deindustrial future.

Who is John Michael Greer?

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, “The Archdruid Report,” has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is the author of more than 30 books including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent.

He was one of six keynote speakers at Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago’s November 1-3, 2013 event. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago (GLBC) was a project of Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) and a local self-organized group affiliated with National Bioneers.  GLBC was founded in 2011 to host an annual event that would create a leading-edge forum where participants could see tomorrow today … a future environment of hope. EJC recently relocated to Champaign, Illinois, and hopes to continue their work with Bioneers there.

For more about this event, visit Bioneers 2013. For more on National Bioneers, visit

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