The Crash Course in Shorter Form
I have good news to report and another video version of the short version of my talk for you to watch and hopefully use. Of course, we've been honing and crafting "the talk" over the past few months (years, actually), trying to make it more accessible, cleaner, and shorter. I think we've got it pretty close to right.
A recent talk given at the Yahoo! headquarters in CA in June was recorded (along with the entire Q&A afterwards), was made available to us, and has just been uploaded, in six parts, to our Youtube.com channel by the team here at Martenson Central.
Here's the first part; the other five are below (note that the actual introduction starts at 1:14 in the first clip):
And here are the links to the remaining parts:
I hope you enjoy these clips from the Yahoo! talk, and I hope that you find them useful in your personal efforts to raise awareness.
I've also taken the core of this talk, gone into a studio, and re-shot the whole thing in High Def to create both a UK-centric and a US/global version, both of which will be available soon.
These finished versions will be, I think, in the vicinity of 30-35 minutes (because I leave out the "what do we do?" parts and direct people back to this site where all the elaborate implications can be more competently addressed than in the last few minutes of a short presentation.) These will be available on the web and in NTSC and PAL video DVD versions as soon as we can arrange all the production and distribution details.
I am very excited to be this close to providing you with much, much shorter versions of the Crash Course that you can use in your efforts to engage friends, families, and associates with this important material. Believe me, we've heard your requests for a shorter version loud and clear, and we're doing everything we can to meet those requests.
Can all this be even shorter? Yes. The very next production task on my very crowded list of actions is to create a three-minute version. Of course it will be more of a teaser than a mini-version, but one that is badly needed. Our goal here is to spread the word about the challenges that we face in order to create a tipping point of awareness about their true nature. Without this critical mass of awareness, our highest mission of creating a world worth inheriting will not happen.
So what's the good news? We're on fire here. We are happy with our increasing ability to reach more people with greater impact and to do so in a way that allows the listener to hear the material on some level - if not immediately, then at some point in the future.
A strong argument can be made that issues pertaining to our economy, energy and the environment have put us on course to live the greatest story ever to be told by any generation.
As a member of the state's Energy Commission, I recently attended a seminar called Crash Course, conducted by research scientist Chris Martenson. His message is our economy, energy and environment are so deeply intertwined they must be addressed collectively if we’re going to make improvements in these areas.
Martenson says our economy must grow to support a money system based on borrowing, but is challenged by an energy system that cannot grow, and both of these are linked to a natural world that is rapidly being depleted (i.e., oil).
That is a lot to wrap your head around.
Martenson challenged all of us to refute his facts, and in the six years he’s been researching and speaking about his Crash Course video, no one has been able to refute his assertions. I felt compelled to do more than just attend Martenson's presentation and wanted to share some of the points he raised to help Minnesota citizens become more aware of this information, conduct research themselves and draw their own conclusions. This may inspire us all to dig deeper for solutions that will again make our state and country great.
I love the fact that Torrey Westrom was able to immediately hear the call to greatness embedded in an otherwise very challenging message. That means we're doing it right. Where others may inadvertently convey the impression that we face an insurmountable set of obstacles, we manage to be both realistic and optimistic.
There are strong elements of empowerment and opportunity in this message, but it often takes years to finally see them. Yet we've managed to shorten that process to a matter of weeks, sometimes days, and in a rare (but growing) number of cases, to a single lecture.
That's the good news. It means we are poised to bring our message to an increasingly wider audience. Thank you for your help in getting to this point. It has been invaluable.
So enjoy the talk; more to come!