UBC Reads Sustainability

UBC Reads Sustainability is a new event series on campus showcasing authors of prominent books on sustainability. We’re working hard on bringing in prominent thinkers with published works so that we can begin to have an informed debate about the environment and the role we play in it.

We’ve already got two lectures planned for this fall and more in the works for the winter semester. Our fall theme is Techno-fix vs New Consciousness – In Search of a Hybrid Approach to a Sustainable World. Guest speakers include:

David Korten: Creating a Real Wealth Economy for a Just and Sustainable Future (followed by book signing)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept 29th, Victoria Learning Theatre, Irving K Barber Learning Centre

David Korten is the author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, When Corporations Rule the World and the Post Corporate World: Life after Capitalism. He is co-founder of the Positive Futures Network and Yes! Magazine. He holds M.B.A. and Ph.D degrees from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, has taught at Harvard, and served as a regional advisor for USAID. His most recent book, Agenda for a New Economy, outlines an agenda to liberate the latent entrepreneurial energies of Main Street from Wall Street’s deadly grip and bring into being a new economy – locally based, community-oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all.

Please register for this free event at Eventbrite.

Stewart Brand: Rethinking Green

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct 5th, Multi-purpose Room, Liu Institute of Global Issues

Founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, the Global Business Network, the Long Now Foundation and the Well, writer, editor and game designer, Stewart Brand has helped to define the collaborative, data-sharing, forward-thinking world we live in now. In his newest book, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, he compiles reflections and lessons learned from more than 40 years as an environmentalist. Brand suggests a shift in the environmentalists’ dogmatic approach and describes a process of reasonable debate and experimentation. His iconoclastic proposals include transitioning to nuclear energy and ecosystem engineering, sure to provoke widespread debate.

Please register for this free event at Eventbrite.

If you want to keep apace of further goings on and join in the discussion, feel free to join the UBC Reads Sustainability Facebook Group. UBC Reads Sustainability is a joint initiative by AMS Sustainability, the University Sustainability Initiative, and UBCmix.

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