28 Jan 2009
‘The Crash Course’: essential viewing
We are often asked whether the Transition model should be adapted to explicitly reflect what is happening in the global economy at the moment. This is an ongoing discussion, and one I will return to in subsequent posts, but of course, the intertwining of what is happening in the economy and the peaking in world oil production have been explored by others, as well as the recent observation that peak demand seems to have arrived in advance of peak supply, although peak supply is, of course, not far behind. One of the tools that I personally have found extremely useful over the last few weeks in terms of really getting my head around how economics works, has been Chris Martenson’s ‘Crash Course’.
The Crash Course offers an essential educational tool for Transition Initiatives (and others…). It is a series of narrated powerpoint presentations which is a condensed form of a presentation developed by Chris called ‘The End of Money’. Form a study group around it. Meet to work through it, take a few chapters each week and watch them together. In total it runs to just over 3 hours, but watched end to end in one go it can be a bit overpowering… I found watching 5 or 6 chapters (it is divided into 20 chapters) is about right at one sitting.
Although it largely passes climate change by (a major oversight but given the scale of what he has done it was perhaps best to focus on what he has), his analysis of how the peak oil issue and resource scarcity link in with economics means that this is the first place I send people who ask how the economic issue ties in with the peak oil issue.
I think what Chris has created here is an essential tool, and he has that rare gift of an educator to be able to distill information into a clear and understandable format. You can also, from the site, download the entire presentation as a DVD. It is definitely worth creating a Crash Course study group, in order to really explore this issue of the interconnection of the economic issues and the energy-related ones.