Recommended Reading/Viewing:

  1. “A Short History of Progress” by Ronald Wright; Anansi Press, Toronto, 2004 [paperback edition], 2006 [hardcover, illustrated edition]
  2. “Surviving Progress” a film by Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks; 2011

Further Exploration:

  1. “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future” by Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway; Columbia University Press, 2014
  2. “Ten Billion” by Stephen Emmott; Penguin, 2013
  3. “Progress or Collapse: The Crisis of Market Greed” by Roberto De Vogli; Routledge, 2013
  4. “The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors’ Toolkit” by Dimitry Orlov; New Society Publishers, 2013
  5. “The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age” by John Michael Greer; New Society Publishers, 2008
  6. “Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” by Jared Diamond; Viking Press, 2005 [also available as an audio book.]
  7. “Dark Age Ahead” by Jane Jacobs; Vintage Canada Edition, 2005
  8. “Guns, Germs & Steel: The fates of Human Societies” by Jared Diamond; W.W. Norton & Company, 1999 [Available as an audio book and as a 3 hour National Geographic documentary on DVD]
  9. “Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects” by Dmitry Orlov; New Society Publishers, 2008
  10. “The Collapse of Complex Societies” by Jospeh Tainter; Cambridge University Press, 1990

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is progress?
  2. How do we / can we know?
  3. How can we be mistaken?
  4. Why do societies / civilizations fail?
  5. What developments are needed to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of our own civilization?
  6. Why is it important to be seeking answers to Gauguin’s questions? [Short History of Progress – Chapter 1]
  7. How can we do that?
  8. What does all this have to do with leadership?
  9. What does all this have to do with your own life journey?