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Olivia Lazard: "Peace and Power in the Mineral Age” | The Great Simplification #58
Woman living in complexity. An important story for how to and how hard it is to make a difference. Her background and character fit the task.
She lives in the supply chain and political realities of the Middle East. But she leads her work with the idea that success relies on increasing the pi. This seems to me the kind of move many are making, making projects work in the current context where the project also contributes to global warming because of the use of energy. We are all caught in a dangerous and maybe impossible situation but people like Lazard Force us to rethink possible futures and to struggle harder with our imaginations.
People affected at the spiritual core by deep war
“Some thing gnawing at me,” she says
She says that Russia is much more strategic than we are aware of. The very fact that they consume only 25% of their own energy production gives them leverage in the larger world and they are working to control even small supply chains that make up the nexus of the emerging energy regimes/ We are shifting from a cache to an energy perspective on the flow value in the world. You need to watch this discussion to grasp the depth of its concerns.
We are moving into a world of greater instability and with many different narratives, all of which makes management almost impossible because people are aligned with one narrative or not free to align with another,
Putin is more strategic than the West is aware of. We do not have an accurate picture of his motives and his flexibility and intelligence are in the world culture we're first Iraq and now Russia accuses the US and the West as being the great Satan which creates a vector of hatred into the future,
She says we need a biophysical story of the planet and its boundaries. Overshooting boundaries is not understood. Nate Hagens, the interviewer, says we have six continent supply chains. Nate’s frame is that physical facts of shrtrages will force a great simplification of all, ALL, institutions of society. I completely agree and learned from this site. Thre Great simplification is the best hope we can pull out of it and Gardenworld is my proposal for that goal as the best way to pull us together in something that is plausible and achievable.
China builds its strategy of modernization into a new energy regime on its own power, mostly coal, and only then moves on to the progressive target. But she says they are there now,
Food supplies are captured, and the system runs for the satisfaction of financial elites while China wins strategy. I would say China can move from one chess piece to another whereas the market maintains the momentum of the pieces it is already playing, with even if there are more pieces on the board. Flexibility going into climate change along with the threats of war, probably wins, if anyone does.