Great to join a forum of like-minded people. I join with great hope.
My name is Pete Newton. I’m from the great white north, a couple hours from Toronto. I’m a Director of Business Development – Nuclear for a small company on the TSX. I’m a computer engineer by trade and also work in nuclear simulation.
I’ve run many events in the past (although none in this field). I enjoy public speaking and feel strongly about the topics Chris talks about. I love to discuss/debate the world around me and help chart a better path for anyone willing to listen.
I look forward to working with all of you.
Anyone else from Ontario?
I’m Ben, a Brit now living in Spain. I have been a bit of wanderer since leaving university having worked in investment banking, english teaching, as a scuba diving instructor and now as a research scientist, in as many different countries.
I have become familiar with many of the "three Es" through my own personal research and through my academic studies. For those that are interested, the trans-disciplinary subject of Ecological Economics covers much of these topics in an academically rigorous way. There is a great (free) online introduction course available here:
However, I understand this type of course is not very accessible to the public in general so Chris’ Crash Course is an excellent introductory tool to such issues. In fact, my initial interest in the monetary system was sparked by films such as "the money masters" and "money as debt" so I understand the appeal of documentary videos.
I hope to be able to promote this course as much as my free time allows me, and one way in which I feel I could help is to translate it to Spanish. Is there anyone else with whom I could participate in this activity? (Although I am not a native Spanish speaker, my girlfriend and my friends are, and will be here to help me. It’ll be good practice for me!)
Take care, Ben
My name is Joe. I am a lifelong resident of CT. I am a computer programmer/analyst for a law firm. I discovered the Crash Course through a link on one of Ron Paul’s websites. The Crash Course really woke me up to the world we live in. Well, actually Ron Paul woke me up first from my political apathy. Then the Crash Course had me yearning for more. I look back at myself, and how I believed whatever the media mouths spewed and how hard it was for me to accept the real truth. It took me months to back away from my personal views. And now I find that same resistance in people I know or work with everyday. If I can overcome that resistance, I believe anyone can. I see people that are being misguided all the time. I look forward to changing people’s opinions and attitudes.
As Chris and even others on their intros have said…we are in an amazing time in our world…we should look at these challenges, accept the difficulties, swallow hard, take a deep breath, and then confront them responsibly.
My name is Yoshi, and I’m a Canadian (Cambridge, Ontario) architect (still working on my masters thesis though.) I was formerly a construction worker, loved the job but couldn’t stand the horrific amount of waste that was considered "normal", and so switched careers into architecture. My thesis naturally revolves around what we call waste, and how most of it really isn’t waste
Everything I know about the economy and it’s problems, I basically learned here, so I’m certainly no expert on money. However, I now see that most of these issues are tied together, and I feel that I am well versed in all areas pertaining to energy, the environment and what is known as "natural capital".
Ever since I discovered the crash course, I’ve been entranced by how easy it is to understand. After a lifetime of trying to learn how the economy works (and failing, due to so much rhetoric and outright lies), I feel a call of duty to spread this thing as far as possible. As it ties in to my deepest concerns, I find it is an exhilarating time to be alive; this "collapse" is a great opportunity to correct some big mistakes we’ve been making.
The first thing I’m going to do- and I suggest all of you do so as well: donate a copy to every library and film club that is open to it.
I just checked out that online course, and have read the introduction to Daly & Farley’s Ecological Economics. Fascinating stuff! Thank you so much for sharing this link. I couldn’t agree more
"Infinite growth in a finite system is an impossible goal and will eventually
lead to failure…Because of its greater efficiency,
the West can keep going for a bit longer in its impossible quest.
But it, too, will collapse under the accumulating cost of growth. However,
thus far the collapse of the USSR has been recognized by the West only as
a validation of our superior efficiency. The possibility that efficiency only
buys time and that unlimited growth must eventually fail in the West as
well is something we have not yet considered."
This definitely is highly recommended to anyone with the time and energy to delve in.
I´m Robert, and I live in Berlin, Germany, and work as a 3D-Artist at a videogames company. I watched the CC some weeks before the events hit the mainstream media. I was shocked to some extend, that our money system needs constant exponential growth to remain stable. I havent been interested in economics before, but the Crash Course got me. I have always been interested in green energies,since it was always obvious for me and others, that there is no alternative for our country, but the urgency of Peak-Oil was new to me.
I would like to help spread the message here in germany. Peoples are not aware, but frightened. I think its important that, besides a localized version, we add information for the specific situation here in europe (how does the ECB differ from the FED, how fuzzy are our numbers, etc..) that we can better know what to expect, when we follow the news.
-I discovered, that there is a german Peak-Oil website with forum. I will ask them to create a link to the Crash Course.
-I discovered, that there is a german professor of economics, who points to the suspicious system of money creation and a debt based money system since many years. (obviously, he has been ignored by the media) He explores possible solutions, so i will post the links and try to translate his key concepts and post them in the most intelligent forum I know (this one), for discussion.
My name is Don.
Known here as dps.
I try to say little.
I’m in Denver, CO, USA. BS Computer Science, LSU. MS Computer Information Systems, DU. Currently in night school for Mainframe System Administration. I work for Comcast doing phone customer service and dispach. I’m seeking better employment.
I’ve shared this site with much of my family and some friends. My next move is going to be to contact local officials. I think I’ll start with the town hall and school board.
My name is Andrew "Ampers" Taylor. I got my nickname on the old ’80’s BBSs (Bulletin Boards) where I used to run a Wildcat! BBS. I signed my name as &Roo (And-Roo – Andrew) and, as the word for & is Ampersand, members of the BBS started calling, and referring to, me as Ampers. It sort of "stuck".
I was born a few weeks before WW2 started in the UK and family members joked that Hitler started the war because he was trying to kill me. After the war we emigrated to South Africa and lived with the Afrikaners in Stellenbosch.
I have lived – in the mid to late fifties – in the US and have been a soldier in the British Army. My first job was in Journalism and is still. However in the middle of my life I took a couple of decades off and went into the business arena – ending up as a manager of a Sales and Marketing team of 27.
I have been following "conspiracy theories" ever since I noticed the rude and condescending way the media disposed of anything they disliked as "just another conspiracy theory" and very soon came to the decision that there were many truths in this grey area. Chris seems to have broken the mould as it will be a very brave television commentator who writes him off as a conspiracy theorist.
Was it Mahatma Gandhi who first said: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win?" It is a good saying because it’s so true.
I am married to Pam and we live in North London and are both semi-retired. Pam does some good works, by helping blind people, whilst I dabble to the best of my ability in trying to change things here in the UK.
I don’t tolerate fools gladly and if I don’t like you I will tell you so. What I will never do is to be nice to your face and nasty behind your back. This is a trait I picked up from my Afrikaans upbringing. It’s a trait that has hindered me in business but I like the way that I am.
There is an official Chris Martenson group on Facebook.