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Joan Diamond, Deputy Director and Senior Scenarist, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability delivers an overview of her important work educating the public and assisting with the development of solutions for global crises.

Diamond is Executive Director of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, an advanced Stanford University initiative that addresses the chasm between current knowledge of global problems and societies’ failure to respond. Diamond is also a visiting scholar at the Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, where she actively oversees the Institute of Foresight Intelligence there.

Diamond talks about her experience and background. As she states, there is a vast amount of knowledge about the world’s major problems, and that many systems are simply not working, from environmental issues such as water/drought to soil degradation, to fragile financial systems (credit/debt issues), etc. Many people are working to shift the trajectory from collapse to sustainability. In her role at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, Diamond works to bring minds, public intellectuals, together to meet the world’s challenges and assist with overpopulation solutions as well as economic growth and overconsumption solutions.

The Deputy Director explains many of the current inequities in the world, such as health care and education quality in developed nations like the United States. Educating the public through library materials, blogs, etc. are some of the ways that the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere can make a difference. Diamond talks about their focus—the human predicament, civilization collapse. And as she states, unless societies engage then we are on a somewhat dire path, but individuals can be empowered and come together to find solutions.

 

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