Solving humanity’s greatest risks

| May 1, 2018 | Leave a Comment

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May 23, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm AEST

Online, hosted by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Australia and New Zealand


Humans are facing our greatest test in the million-year ascent of our kind. This isn’t a single challenge. It’s a constellation of huge man-made threats, now coming together to overshadow our civilization’s stability and even, maybe, its future survival.

Society treats these risks — ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, global warming, global poisoning, food insecurity, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion – as separate issues. In reality, they are deeply intertwined: each affects the others. What are most needed are crosscutting solutions in the context of transitioning to a life affirming global culture.

This RSA event is the first online global conference on how we solve the pivotal issue of securing human survival in the 21st Century and beyond.

Learn more and register…


Speakers:

Julian Cribb FRSA is an author, journalist, editor and science communicator. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) and a member of the Australian National University Emeritus Faculty. His career includes appointments as scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication. He has published over 9000 articles and eight books. Hislatest book, Surviving the 21st Century (Springer 2016), deals with the existential crisis facing humanity in our time – and what we can do about it.

David Hulme FRSA is publisher of the quarterly online journal Vision. He has studied theology, psychology and philosophy and holds a doctorate in international relations (with an emphasis on the Middle East) from the University of Southern California. He is author of Identity, Ideology, and the Future of Jerusalem (Palgrave 2006), Gospels (Vision Media Publishing 2010), Apostles (Vision Media Publishing 2010) and a contributor to What Makes Us Human? (Oneworld 2007), and Access, Not Excess (Smith-Gordon, 2010), both edited by Charles Pasternak.

Andrew Gaines FRSA is a Board member of Be The Change Australia and the instigator of the Great Transition Initiative (GTI). The GTI is a platform for citizen education to inspire mainstream commitment to transitioning to a life-affirming global culture.

Please direct any questions about this event to philipa.duthie@thersa.org.

Please note: joining instructions will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event date.


The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 28,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.


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  • Andrew Gaines

    The purpose of this conference is to start a new level of conversation about
    humanity’s existential risks and the changes necessary to deal with them. It
    leads the idea of catalysing a global movement for transformational change. I
    would like to think that you are interested in this. Do join us.