Hey everyone! I’d like to start off an introduction thread so that we can all get to know each other a little better, and also determine if we’ve got any other volunteers close by.
I’m Christopher Katrakis, a 17 year old high school senior in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and have been around here for about nine months.
Thanks for doing this. I was going to start a thread, but you beat me to it, so here goes!
My name is Lucas Altic. I am Chris’ volunteer coordinator and will be directing all volunteer activities. I’m the guy who processes applications, grants Martenson Brigade membership, hands out prizes (hint, hint), and steers the overall direction of community volunteerism related to Chris’ message.
By trade, I am a Mechanical Engineer and am the Production Manager for a Biodiesel manufacturing company. My arrival at PeakProsperity.com was the product of a long journey. My passion for renewable energy guided me in both my education and my career. Studying sustainable existence, two of the three E’s (energy & environment) became pretty self evident. When examining issues like "peak oil" I had exposure to the third E (economy) but it didn’t really all "click" until I came across the Crash Course through a link from TreeHugger.com. It was then that I realized that global issues from hunger to carbon emissions are all dynamically linked.
I offered to volunteer my time shortly after Erik Townsend arrived as Chris’ business manager. That brings us to the present.
It is my strong conviction that there is no force more powerful than that of community effort. It has been the driving force behind the Web 2.0 movement and I think that the model will work for this, the most worthy of causes.
Thanks for listening.
Director of Volunteer Operations
I’m Kevin – a professional musician living and working in Europe. My father is a stock broker and led me to Chris’s site as I developed a greater interest in how the economy works. Now I have joined the brigade in hopes of convincing as many people as I can to get informed about the three Es.
I thought I could start and manage a ‘Crash Course’ group on Facebook (I don’t think there is one yet). I will prepare the group and then post a link here to get feedback on additions/changes before beginning to invite people to join.
I’m Max. I used to work in the Investment Banking division of a big European Bank (now owned by its government). I was looking into the market risk associated with all the "toxic stuff" (CDS, ABS, CDO and all the securitization business).
I left the banking sector altogether in July 2008 because I was fed up of the general greedy atmosphere. I also left the big city in which I grew up to live in a small town. I work in a big mental institution.
I didn’t realize that I was working in an area that would be closely associated with all the mess we are in. I also was not at all aware of all the material Chris put forward. I started reading the Internet to understand a bit more how "everything was connected" and that’s how I found out about Chris’ message. I was amazed at how clearly Chris was able to put everything together. I am convinced that this message deserves to be delivered to as many people as possible.
I am quite active in LinkedIn. I have reserved a group "Chris Martenson" on LinkedIn to prevent someone from using the name in an abusive manner. I am of course ready to animate this group ! But I am equally ready to give the steering wheel to someone else.
The only thing I have done so far is link to a few interesting articles related to Chris’ message. I don’t know how to advertise on this network though. Kevin, what do you plan on doing on FaceBook ? Perhaps we could act in parallel on both networks ?
I am also reading a lot of blogs out there. And I think we need more people reading them and referring to Chris’ message. The problem I have with this is the following : I would like to have a "one-sentence" to introduce the message (that someone from the team could compose so it is fully in line with the strategy). Then, a "two-sentence", and a "three sentence". We could use these short / long messages at the end of our comments depending on the type of blog and on the topic.
Finally, I refer a lot of friends to the site. They LOVE the idea of NOT having to read but just watch a video. This is a big PLUS. BUT ! They are often turned down when I tell them they need to watch three hours of it. I think it would really be beneficial to have a 30-sec-to-1-minute video that explains what’s in the course ; a sort of teaser !
In any event, I hope we can inform as many people as possible !
Hello, my name is James. I am a retired energy conservation educator and past Ex. Director of a large New York state non-profit organization. I got interested in Peak Oil in the late 90’s when I read Colin Campbell’s article in Scientific American. I ended up being a national speaker on Peak Oil at many of the Department of Energy’s Weatherization conferences. A couple of years ago I read the Creature from Jekyll Island. I had heard Congressman Bartlett speak on the fact that Peak Oil would effect our economy but I never pulled the issues together until I stumbled on Chris’s website.
I am now making some changes to my Peal Oil presentation to give the big picture, and have sent the URL of this website to over 100 friends.
I am trying to get a group together here in North Carolina where I now live to educate our community on the issues addressed in the Crash Course. I will be adding info on the Crash Course on the boating association website I maintain at http://www.cheoyleeassociation.com where I have a link to info on Peak Oil. I use this sub website to help educate people that have attended one of my presentations.
I look forward to helping spread the word as I truly believe we are in for a rough ride. I was disappointed to hear Obama has been busy appointing people from the Federal Reserve to key posts in his administration. Like haveing the fox watch the henhouse.
My name is Robert. I was born in California. When I was 7 yrs old my family moved to Wisconsin so I really grew up there. When I was 12-13 yrs old, my father was offered a Fulbright Fellowship in Belgium and so we had the opportunity to live in Ghent, Belgium for a year. While we were there I attended a Dutch (Flemish) middle school.
I was an active duty Marine for 10 years. I spent part of my Marine years in Japan and decided to return there when I finished my active duty in the Corps. I ended up living there for 10 years. During those 10 years I co-owned a language school and started a computer business. The school did pretty well but reasonable expansion was hampered by the bubble economy (which burst while I was there) so I decided to start a PC business as well and we made PCs by importing parts from various countries (mostly Taiwan).
I decided to return to America with my wife (a Japanese national) and twin daughters as I found the chances for a foreigner to have a good retirement and own a decent house in Japan were not very good. Upon my return to America (like being reborn in many ways) I started working for a growing world wide call center company. My original plan was to work for them until I could find another job that better suited me.
Well, about 10 years later, I am still working for them. Now it is a larger company listed on the S&P 500. I was asked to join one of the national command centers (ops support, work force mgmt and call traffic routing), and worked in command centers for 8 years and then shifted to programming and processes. I enjoy working with computers and have built many from scratch. I also enjoy discovering ways to improve processes through programming. I have an undergraduate degree in information systems.
I have been studying politics, history, energy (PO) and the economy on my own for about five years now. I was introduced to this web site in late July or early August of this year. The first 16 lessons of the Crash Course were available at that time and I watched them as quickly as possible. What excited me most about the Crash Course was the fact that it tied all the aspects of our current national predicament together into one package. There are entirely too many analysts out there these days that compartmentalize our problems into their particular specialty. In particular, economists address our problems through the prism of their expertise, the economy and completely ignore energy. The same can be said of energy experts and environmentalists. The Crash Course is the only presentation I know of that connects all the dots. Robert
Hi, I’m John. I discovered the Crash Course this past summer, bookmarked the site, and eagerly awaited the final chapters. The entirety of the course is so clear and cogent, links things together extremely logically, and is so well presented that I have made it a point to recommend virtually everyone take it. I also see tremendous opportunity to build from this fundamental course, expanding upon components of the course, and taking into consideration the dynamic changes and adjustments occuring within our worldview.
We are no doubt entering probably one of the most, if not the most dynamic periods in human history. It is not an overstatement to refer to these times as apocalyptic, and the change that will be forced upon humans on this planet will be truly incredible to those of us who grew up in the oil boom. I believe the decisions we make when confronted by the coming challenges will literally be "life and death" for millions, perhaps billions.
My personal background is in risk management. I hope to be able to make some contribution to Chris’s efforts to promulgate the message of the Crash Course and the follow-up that will be needed once that message is disseminated widely enough. There’s more I could say, but I’ll save it for another time.
Thanks to Chris and his staff for making a right effort in this.
I created a subreddit where you can post these articles to! http://www.reddit.com/r/crashcourse/ You can add comments after you post the link.
Hi, I’m Dale
I discovered Crash Course just a couple weeks ago. My degree is in physics and I was lucky to see Dr. Albert Bartlett’s exponential growth presentation in the late 80’s. Being young, I wasn’t sure what to do about it, so I mostly forgot about it. Five years ago, a coworker pointed me toward LewRockwell.com and my perspectives have not been the same since. BTW, I’m NOT a libertarian. Frankly, I find everything about "capitalism" morally repulsive — long story, and more than appropriate for an introduction.
More recently, I attended a biodiesel workshop put on by Solar Energy Internation in conjunction with Piedmont Biofuels. I had lots of plans about many interesting possibilities and improvements that I could introduce, but essentially dropped out when feedstock prices rose through the roof. That got me to looking around more generally at the prospects of alt energy where I’m settling more on using a wood gasifier.
Other interests: permaculture, specifically, forest gardening; simple, high-efficiency wood/mass heaters; water retention systems; mushroom cultivation; humanure; rammed earth construction; biochar; integrated living systems; "rhizome" communities; reintegrating communities; building secure/adaptive communities; living simply.
Career-wise, I’ve been a professional software developer/consultant for almost 20 years. I shutdown my consulting business earlier this year (before the stock market crash) due to my previous experience in down times making consultants a luxury. I currently have chosen to work for a defense contractor.
I am Tamara.
I found out about this site at a chat forum related to being pilots and loved it as I was getting a bit overwhelmed with too much information and unable to sort facts, fiction, stretched and "pulling the wool over our eyes" information.
I am a pilot by trade, so its a service industry for everything from mail, typical frieght, bank checks (yes not all gone digital yet), average joes flying to the ultra elite. I hear about the market from a interesting angle. I know the cycles my industry takes and notice its relations early to the larger markets/economy. I fly Frieght (those bank checks), and also fly investors and business owners too. I am also an aircraft mechanic which is a slightly different angle of the same picture.
I hope my industry stays around for a while longer, but then i am also willing to change for the betterment of our country/world. I am frustrated by my representatives in congress, the Federal Reserve, and those hot air heads of the president and cabinet section. Not to mention those central banks and their cronies.
I hope to assist where I can to promote this site and its intended purpose.
I have interest in Bell Bio Energies, wind and solar energies, looking for new sources of energy, and sustainable living. I am big about conserving our nature and animals. I am also a NRA member as well as a hunter too.I am raising three kids and raised three step children too. I sew, quilt and self suffcient other than a garden no yard yet, that is in works right now. We trade tractor maintenance for fresh organic veggies and such. I figure this is one part of the industry that will not change much. A mechanic is always needed.