The Great Simplification  is an important new 32-minute video by transformative systems thinker Nate Hagens.

Here are some of Nate's viewing notes:

This 32 minute animation -in 4 Acts - describes the backdrop for The Great Simplification - an economic/cultural transition beginning in the not-too-distant future.   We made this movie, originally as a framing 'teaser' for the new podcast, but the project....expanded over time.   

Part 1 describes how our species got to this point, and the role of energy in our economies 

Part 2 gives an overview of the relationship between energy, technology, money and the environment and how global human society is (currently) akin to a metabolic heat engine 

Part 3 gives an overview of individual (and aggregate) human behavior tendencies in a novel modern environment and why these dynamics are relevant to our current challenges 

Part 4 describes how people look at the future wearing different popular lenses, but when wearing a 'systems' lens, it becomes clear that a Great Simplification is soon approaching.

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  • Hi Ann.

    I'm a Nate Hagens fan. I met him in the early 2000s when he and Jack helped to run a conference in Washington dealing with overshoot and energy  issues. I think this provocative film is good for eliciting serious thinking about the pathway ahead  - something the Forum should be doing.

    Climate Action Week is already a bit too crowded with events and the advertising has gone out. I wonder if we might screen it with a following discussion a bit later on - say July, August...?


    • Yes, why not prepare a roster of films to be screened over the next month, with a mix of international, regional and local material?

  • Could this be screened during climate week Joanna Santa Barbara ?

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