The same is true of maintaining a career in today's hyper complex economy. Doing the same job year after year isn't good enough. We need double digit gains every year! Sell more, make more, market more and of course reduce those costs! Those who talk of leaving the system to build a permaculture homestead or tour the world in a sailboat may be able to escape the system. However, the rest of us have significant barriers to making such a switch. Besides, it's fun to stay in the bubble! So, that's where we are now. Stock market going like gangbusters and maybe we're grabbing a paycheck. Gloom and doom will be here soon, but the effect of large macro economic change is always a few years away. That is, till that day comes when we get invited to an unscheduled meeting and then.... We find we have started an unscheduled permanent unpaid vacation.
The thing about macroeconomic change is that it sweeps up many good capable people It's not that work goes away - it just changes. What our industrial system will change into as we deplete the cheap fossil fuels is anybody's guess. However, it's probably safe to say that some people will thrive if they identify new opportunities early. As I'm fond of saying, even when Vesuvius was about to cover the city below in hot ash, somebody was doing OK. That is, anybody with a boat that could take passengers away from that mess! Not that I advocate price gouging during a crisis. The point is, no matter how dire the large economic picture is, there is almost always some way to do well. But how do we do OK in the present environment?
First, we need to know where we are (and how we got here). Next, we need to know where we want to go. Finally, we need practical solutions on how to get to that better place. When it comes to all that, I ran across a very good talk that featured some post-peak heavy weight guests. Taken together, the show is one of the best talks on some post-peak lifestyle solutions that I've seen in a while. Here's the tagline:
This summit brought together an amazing panel that consisted of John Michael Greer, James Howard Kunstler, Chris Martenson, Frank Morris, and Dmitry Orlov to talk about issues ranging from politics, the economy, the food we eat, immigration, labor, poverty, minorities, war, and much more. Please be sure to like and share and stay tuned for more dynamic events from The Center For Progressive Urban Politics! Visit it HERE