Towards a great simplification


If you are ‘retired’ or tired and wondering what to do, you could consider listening to Nate Hagens’ conversations in his Great Simplification project.

The Great Simplification with Nate Hagens is a podcast that explores the systems science underpinning the human predicament.

Conversation topics span human behaviour, monetary/economic systems, energy, ecology, geopolitics and the environment.  The goal of the show is to inform more humans about the path ahead and inspire people to play a role in our collective future. Guests are from a wide range of scientists, leaders, activists, thinkers, and doers.

We have spent the last century harnessing enormous amounts of fossil fuel energy to build a world of complexity like nothing seen before. In the coming century, humanity will experience A Great Simplification, beginning with the onset of financial and economic turbulence, followed by contraction.

The ensuing simplification will be among the most significant events ever experienced by our species. 

Those who look through a systems lens can serve as early visionaries of a simpler life with new ways of relating to technology, to consumption, to each other and to Earth’s ecosystems. 

Our system –  and the components, processes and interactions that comprise it – is incredibly complex. On this podcast we try to ‘simplify’ the ‘great’ issues of our time, and to expand the number of people making sense of our reality.

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Radix is the radical centre think tank. We welcome all contributions which promote system change, challenge established notions and re-imagine our societies. The views expressed here are those of the individual contributor and not necessarily shared by Radix.

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