THE UPSIDE OF DOWN: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, by Thomas Homer-Dixon, will be released on October 31 by Knopf in Canada and on November 1 by Island Press in the United States.
The Upside of Down sets out a theory of the growth, crisis, and renewal of societies. It argues that today’s converging energy, environmental, and political-economic stresses could cause a breakdown of national and global order. But there are things we can do now to keep such a breakdown from being catastrophic. And some kinds of breakdown could even open up extraordinary opportunities for creative, bold reform of our societies, if we’re prepared to exploit these opportunities when they arise.
His books The Ingenuity Gap and Environment, Scarcity and Violence are must reads. I am really looking forward to his new book.