Joe Brewer talks to Jim about homeostasis in living systems, future collapse, fat-tail risks, evolutionary transitions, collaboration, bioregionalism, and much more…
Joe Brewer talks to Jim about the memetics of regeneration & its connection to homeostasis in living systems, eco pessimism & Joe’s view of future collapse, foodchain fragility, fat-tail risks, the role of emotions in existential risk, understanding manufacturing disruptions, potential silver linings in collapse, incremental vs transformation change, permaculture, evolutionary transitions, the complexity of human collaboration, bioregionalism & trade, efficiency risks, the commons, regional-scale economies, and much more.
Mentions & Recommendations
- Joe’s Earth Regenerators Study Group
- Bill Baue’s Paper, Compared to What?
- Overshoot by William Catton Jr.
- The Limits to Growth Forcast
- Stockholm Resilience Center’s Planetary Boundaries
- Elinor Ostrom’s 8 Principles for Managing A Commmons
- Chatham House on High-impact, Low-probability Events
- Detroit: The ‘Shrinking City’ That Isn’t Actually Shrinking
- Allegheny Mountain Institute
- Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management
- Planet at risk of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” state
- Cultural Evolution Society
He recently started a study group called Earth Regenerators to build a community of practice around the restoration of planetary health while safeguarding humanity’s future. Joe was formerly a member of the Center for Complex Systems Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was a research fellow with George Lakoff at the Rockridge Institute in Berkeley.