Teach-In Audios & Videos

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Audios of all speakers are available below. Many videos are also available—we will be posting the remainder over the next month.
(To see a PDF of the printed program, click HERE.)

 

TECHNO-UTOPIANISM & THE FATE OF THE EARTH

October 25-26, Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 10AM-10PM

I. TECHNOLOGY VS. NATURE

Technological innovation, celebrated throughout history, has had profound effects upon Nature, and human beings– our ways of thought, operating systems, power structures, and how we experience our own existence. This is especially so in the new cyber-tech world. Justifications still range from humanity’s “unquenchable thirst” for knowledge, to the imperatives of economic growth, wealth and power in our economic system, to the acclaimed search to bring comfort and happiness to a global population. So, how have we done? What have been the trade offs? Meanwhile, spectacular, dreadful impacts continue and accelerate. Immediate change is required in our thinking, behavior, values and economies, before Nature and human society are terminated.

10:00AM–11:30AM OPENING PANEL
This panel is introduced by Ralph White of the New York Open Center.

Mander-Jerry
Jerry Mander (IFG): Questions We Should Have Asked About Technology
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Heinberg_Richard
Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute): The Party’s Over Click above for audio—click here for video
Mittal_Anuradha
Anuradha Mittal, India (Oakland Institute): Stealing Nature Click above for audio—click here for video
Kimbrell_Andrew
Andrew Kimbrell (ICTA): The End of Market Capitalism? Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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11:30–1:30PM CLASH OF WORLDVIEWS
This panel is introduced by Linda Sheehan of the Earth Law Center.

Crist_Eileen
Eileen Crist (Virginia Tech): Confronting Anthropocentrism Click above for audio—click here for video
Butler_Tom
Tom Butler (Foundtn for Deep Ecology): The Language of Dominion Click above for audio—click here for video
Krall_Lisi
Lisi Krall (State U. of NY): The Economic Evolution Of Dominion Click above for audio—click here for video
Griffin_Susan
Susan Griffin (“Woman & Nature”): Speed, Consciousness & Quantification
Spretnak_Charlene
Charlene Spretnak (“The Resurgence of the Real”): Dynamic Interrelatedness Click above for audio—click here for video

 

1:30PM–1:45PM BREAK

 

1:45PM–3:15PM NATURE’S PRESENCE & OUR AWARENESS
This panel is introduced by Stephanie Mills, author of Turning Away from Technology.

Ehrenfeld_David
David Ehrenfeld (Rutgers Univ.): De-extinction and Its Residue Problems
Tompkins_Doug
Doug Tompkins (Deep Ecology Found’n): Technology & Nature/Clash of Concepts Click above for audio—click here for video
Thompson_Reynolds_Mary
Mary Reynolds Thompson (Author): Reclaiming The Wild Soul
Jackson_Wes
Wes Jackson (The Land Institute): Nature Is the Final Measure (1) Click above for audio—click here for video

 

II. TECHNO-SOLUTIONISM: BUILDING SUBSTITUTE NATURE

With the planet depleted, overbuilt and poisoned, wild nature and its great gifts are disappearing. The economic challenge for a growth economy is to save itself by building entirely new resource bases to replace the old ones: New genetic foods, new genetic people and beings, new chemical skies to replace old ones (the victims of climate change), new molecular systems, new weaponry on earth and soon, in space, et. al.. For corporations, innovation solves the problem: Ignore the mess, create saleable “green” false solutions, and build and market “substitute nature” for uninterrupted product development and growth.

3:15PM–4:00PM FALSE SOLUTIONS
This panel is introduced by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute.

Huesemann_Michael
Michael Huesemann (Author, “Techno-Fix”): Why Technology Can’t Save Us
Greer_JohnMichael
John M. Greer (Author, “The Wealth of Nature”): False Promises Click above for audio—click here for video

 

4:00PM–6:15PM THE QUEST FOR “NEW NATURE”
This panel is introduced by Tom Butler of the Foundation for Deep Ecology.

Hamilton_Clive
Clive Hamilton, Australia (“Playing God with Climate”): Geo-Engineering/New Skies Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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Mooney_Pat
Pat Mooney, Canada (ETC. Group): Nanotechnology/New Earth Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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Barker_Debbie
Debbie Barker (Center for Food Safety): GMOs/Corporate Techno-Food Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine
Thomas_Jim
Jim Thomas, Canada (ETC. Group): Synthetic Biology/Designing New Life Forms Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine
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Film Excerpt (Bregtje van der Haak): DNA Dreams (5 min.)
Kimbrell_Andrew
Andrew Kimbrell (ICTA): Genetic Redesign of Human Beings
Singer_Katie
Katie Singer (“An Electronic Silent Spring”): EMR: Radiation Soup Click above for audio—click here for video

 

6:15PM–6:45PM BREAK

 

6:45PM–7:45PM SPECIAL GUESTS’ COMMENTARIES
This panel is introduced by Jerry Mander of the International Forum on Globalization.

Nader_Ralph
Ralph Nader (Center for Responsive Law), Author, Unstoppable Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine
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McKibben_Bill
Bill McKibben (350.org), Author, The End of Nature Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine
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7:45PM–10:00PM “FOR THE GOOD OF MANKIND” (Truman on the A-Bomb); NUKES, DRONES, MILITARY ROBOTS
This panel is introduced by Koohan Paik of the International Forum on Globalization.

Paik_Koohan
Koohan Paik, Guam/Korea/US (IFG): Marketing Nukes, Drones & Robots Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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Caldicott_Helen
Helen Caldicott, Australia (Physicians for Social Responsibility): Hiroshima, Fukushima & Beyond Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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Film Excerpt: Paradise Lost (15 min.)
Laukon_Neisen
Neisen Laukon, Marshall Islands: Present at the Birth Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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Gagnon_Bruce
Bruce Gagnon (Global Network vs. Weapons in Space): Space Tech & Corporate Full Spectrum Dominance Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine.
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Film Excerpt: Robotic Takeover of the Military (5 min.)
Smith_Gar
Gar Smith (Earth Island Institute): Robots, Nature and the Singularity Audio contributed by Between the Lines, A Weekly Radio Newsmagazine

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 10AM-7:30PM

III.  CYBER ENVELOPMENT & HUMAN AWARENESS

We once lived in contact with wild Nature, and in-close human community; connected, embedded. Handing the future to technology, innovation, industrialization, and expansionist growth, human connection is now largely with machines, manufactured projected imagery, and cyber systems, generated from far-away mega-powers. A new kind of alienation, from Nature and from self, has appeared. We are enveloped by manufactured imagery and tech processes; they immerse society and become part of each of us. Does“Nature” exist anymore? Are we happy now?

10:00AM–12:30PM LIFE INSIDE THE MACHINE
This panel is introduced by Charlene Spretnak, author of The Resurgence of the Real.

Winner_Langdon
Langdon Winner (Rensselaer Polytech Inst.): Power Fantasies at the End of Modernism
Film Excerpt (Bregtje Van der Haak): TechMan (5 min.)
Rushkoff_Douglas
Douglas Rushkoff (CUNY Queens): Present Shock: Everything Is Now Click above for audio—click here for video
Mills_Stephanie
Stephanie Mills: Everyday Life in the Modern World
Enns_Aiden
Aiden Enns, Canada: (Geez Magazine): Life Offline
Holdrege_Craig
Craig Holdrege (Nature Inst.): Hyper-Real & Real/Humans in Cyber World Discussion

 

IV.  WHICH WAY OUT?  INGREDIENTS OF CHANGE

We start with the Primacy of Scale. Not large scale, small scale. Not global, local. Not faster, slower. Not more, less. Not top-down, bottom-up. Not private, shared. Not investor-owned, community owned. Not more tech, less tech. Not meta-economics, micro economics. Not competitive, collaborative. Not more trade, less trade. Not more energy, less energy. Not big business, small business. Where do we go from here?

12:30PM–2:30PM NOT GLOBALIZATION, LOCALIZATION
This panel is introduced by Debbie Barker of the Center for Food Safety.

Vandana_Shiva
Vandana Shiva, India (Navdanya): Introduction & Overview Click above for audio—click here for video
Norberg-Hodge_Helena
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Sweden (Local Futures): Economics of Happiness Click above for audio—click here for video
von Tscharner-Fleming_Severine
Severine von Tscharner-Fleming (Greenhorns): Young Farmers’ Movement Click above for audio—click here for video
LaDuke_Winona
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe): Keystone Pipeline on Native Lands? Click above for audio—click here for video
Victor_Menotti
Victor Menotti (IFG): Keystone, Globalization, & the Koch Brothers
Mayekiso_Mzwanele
Mzwanele Mayekiso, South Africa (iKweze Institute): Fighting Fracking & Mining, and Other Extractive Technologies in Africa
King_David
David King, UK (Breaking the Frame): What Did the Luddites Say?

 

2:30PM–2:45PM BREAK

 

2:45PM–4:45PM INDIGENOUS VALUES & THE RIGHTS OF NATURE
This panel is introduced by Claire Greensfelder of INOCHI.

Armstrong_Jeannette
Jeannette Armstrong, Okanagan, Canada: Indigenous Economics Click above for audio—click here for video
Sheehan_Linda
Linda Sheehan (Earth Law C’ter): Codifying Nature’s Rights in Human Law Click above for audio—click here for video
Soltani_Atossa
Atossa Soltani, Iran/U.S. (Amazon Watch): Keep the Oil in the Ground Click above for audio—click here for video
Gualinga_Patricia
Patricia Gualinga, Kechwa, Ecuador (Amazon Watch): Keep the Oil in the Ground Click above for audio—click here for video
Tauli-Corpuz_Victoria
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Igorot, Philippines; UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Biggs_Shannon
Shannon Biggs (Global Exchange): Campaigning for Rights of Nature

 

4:45PM–7:00PM HYBRID ECONOMICS
This panel is introduced by Andrew Kimbrell of ICTA.

Hayes_Randy
Randy Hayes (Foundation Earth): True Cost Accounting
Heinberg_Richard
Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Inst.): Steady-State Economics
Farley_Joshua
Joshua Farley (U.Vermont): Economics & the Anthropocene Click above for audio—click here for video
Krall_Lisi
Lisi Krall (State U. of NY): Wild Earth Economics
Jackson_Wes
Wes Jackson (Land Institute): Nature Is the Final Measure (2)

 

7:00-7:30 PM ALL PARTICIPANTS ON STAGE

Thank You

We are eternally grateful for the generous funding support that made this project possible. Special thanks to Foundation for Deep Ecology (Doug Tompkins), as well as Marian Weber, Peter & Mimi Buckley, CS Fund, Center for Food Safety, Marion Hunt, and Nancy Schaub.

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