Conversation with Richard Heinberg on the End of Growth as We Know It!

We are the most successful large animal species in the history of the planet. Our success is evident in our global population growth from a billion in 1804 to 7 billion today that has been fueled by the impact of the industrial revolution..

We have been successful in supporting this growth through innovation. Starting with our harnessing the use of fire, we have continuously developed new ways to expand our use of the planet’s resources, and our ability to lead more and more comfortable lives.

These innovations have always come at a cost. For instance, when we look at Mayan civilization, we find that their advancement as a culture was founded on their ability to grow their agricultural base. At some point, their population outstripped the available resources and the civilization quickly disappeared.

Are we at a similar moment that will be experienced on a global scale? One of the people who has been exploring this question is Richard Heinberg. Richard has been studying the human impact on the planet, particularly our use of fossil fuels, for decades.

His latest book is The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, where he makes a compelling argument that the global economy has reached a fateful turning point. Richard proposes that we can continue to thrive if we maximize happiness rather than the pursuit of growth at any cost.

Whether you believe Richard’s perspective or not, you will find this interview to be compelling and to leave you with food for thought.

Until tomorrow,


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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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