The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon

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Interviews & Articles

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AudioAudio interview, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Melbourne, The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine and Jill Singer, August 27, 2007.

"Summer Reading: The Upside of Down," Global Dashboard, August 14, 2007.

"Review: The Upside of Down," O'Reilly XML Blog, August 7, 2007.

"The Upside of Down - A Book Review," Quirk -, July 26, 2007.

"The Upside of Down, by Thomas Homer-Dixon," Grist Magazine, July 24, 2007.

"We're all doomed," The Guardian, July 21, 2007.

"The Upside of Down," The Sydney Morning Herald, July 21, 2007.

"Signal of doom... or oil-funded hysteria?," Camden New Journal, July 5, 2007.

"The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization," Environment Magazine, July/August 2007

"The Idea Juggler," Literary Review of Canada, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 2007. Homer-Dixon's response

"Five crises threaten Earth," The Courier-Mail, June 30, 2007.

Audio"Urbi et Orbi," Electric Politics, March 23, 2007.

"Reality check on climate change," The Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2007.

Website"Is the Deadly Crash of Our Civilization Inevitable?" Terrence McNally, AlterNet, February 13, 2007.

"A Review of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization," Strategic Insights, Volume VI, Issue 1 (January 2007)

"Resilience and Civilization: Part II," The Huffington Post, January 25, 2007.

"Resilience and Civilization: Part I," The Huffington Post, January 17, 2007.

The Upside of Down book review,, January 9, 2007.

VideoVideo clip of interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, January 5, 2007.

"Five "Tectonic Stresses" Endanger Social Stability," Saskatoon StarPhoenix, December 26, 2006.

AudioFree Forum with Terry McNally, 90.7fm KPFK Pacifica Radio for Southern California, December 12, 2006.

The Upside of Down book review, Quill & Quire, December 2006.

Website"The End of Ingenuity." New York Times, Editorial / Opinion, November 29, 2006.

The Upside of Down book review, Publisher's Weekly, November 27, 2006.

"Can we get ourselves out of the mess we've made?" New Scientist Magazine, November 25, 2006.

"There may just be hope for humanity yet." The Georgia Straight, November 23, 2006.

VideoVideo clip of Thomas Homer-Dixon in conversation with Allan Gregg, TVO, Gregg & Company, November 19, 2006.

"A Society of Seers." Walrus Magazine, November 21, 2006.

"Resilience is key to surviving future upheaval." University of Alberta ExpressNews, November 17, 2006.

"Future Shock., Toronto Life Magazine" November 17, 2006.

"An Internet Idea Army." The Tyee, November 17, 2006.

"Embrace the Collapse." The Tyee, November 16, 2006.

Worldchanging Interview: Thomas Homer-Dixon,, November 13, 2006.

"How to be less stupid." Toronto Star, November 12, 2006.

"Exploration of catastrophe and creativity." Victoria Times-Colonist, November 12, 2006.

"Can civilization rise from its ashes?" Victoria Times-Colonist, November 12, 2006.

"Signs our complex system spinning out of control." Winnipeg Free Press, November 12, 2006.

"Panarchy and dystopia." Toronto Globe and Mail, November 11, 2006. Homer-Dixon's response ("Beyond Management: How and Why Kymlicka is Wrong.")

AudioAudio interview,, November 9, 2006.

AudioAudio interview, Air America, November 10, 2006.

"We're headed somewhere in a handcart." Toronto Star, November 5, 2006.

"Catastrophe as catalyst." Montreal Gazette, November 4, 2006. Homer-Dixon's response

Interview by Michael Valpy, Toronto Globe and Mail, November 4, 2006.

Talks & Speeches

WebsiteAuthor Event: Homer-Dixon's The Upside of Down, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC.

AudioThe Upside of Down: Leveraging Catastrophe for Positive Change, World Affairs Council of Northern California, November 9, 2006.


"For over a decade, Thomas Homer-Dixon has provided that rare thing: a bridge between leading-edge research and the lay reader. Addressing the great problems of our time, he points us towards a path forward."

- Robert Kaplan

"Anyone who doubts the seriousness of the human predicament should read Thomas Homer-Dixon's brilliant The Upside of Down. Anyone who understands the seriousness should also read it for Homer-Dixon's insightful ideas about how to make society more resilient in the face of near inevitable environmental and social catastrophes."

- Paul Ehrlich

"This book is a major corrective for a culture that has struggled to form a comprehensive appreciation for the trouble we face. Climate change, global oil depletion, explosive geopolitics all threaten to overwhelm our ability to think clearly and act competently. Anyone who wants to get serious about the defense of civilization had better read The Upside of Down."

- James Howard Kunstler

"Thomas Homer-Dixon is a sort of Bruce Chatwin of ideas. [His writing is] addictive."

- National Post

"Governments everywhere, from his native Canada to the UK, pay attention to [Homer-Dixon] because the kites he flies are less prone to crashing than most. So his latest book, The Upside of Down, is likely to be read by policy wonks and worried individuals alike. It's a wake-up call for millions feeling overwhelmed by an unrelieved diet of disaster."

- Ehsan Masood, The New Scientist

"An extraordinarily important book."

- Quill & Quire

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