Colin J. Campbell


Colin J. Campbell is the founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO), and is a Trustee of the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC), a charitable organization in London that is dedicated to researching the date and impact of the peak and decline of world oil production, and raising awareness of the consequences. Educated at Oxford University, being awarded a Ph.D in 1957, Colin joined the oil industry as an exploration geologist. He has served in executive positions with Shenandoah Oil, Amoco, Fina and was Chairman of the Nordic American Oil Company. He has also served as a consultant on oil for the Bulgarian government as well as for Statoil, Mobil, Amerada, Total, Shell, and Esso.

James Howard Kunstler


James Howard Kunstler is the author of four non-fiction works on cities and the challenges facing American society, including: The Geography of Nowhere; Home From Nowhere; The City in Mind; and his ground-breaking book on the peak oil crisis, The Long Emergency (Grove-Atlantic, 2005). His most recent work is the fictional World Made by Hand, a novel of America's post-oil future. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues.

Mia Birk



Mia Birk is Chief Executive Officer and Principal at Alta Planning + Design, which specializes in creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. She is also Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation in the College of Urban Studies. She was the City of Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99, where she led a period of rapid growth of Portland's bikeway network. As a consultant, she has been involved in hundreds of bicycle, pedestrian, trail, and greenway plans across North America. She has led numerous groundbreaking studies in the field of non-motorized transportation and is a co-founder of the Cities for Cycling project of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.

Richard Gilbert


Richard Gilbert is a Toronto-based consultant who focuses on transport and energy issues, with public- and private-sector clients in North America, Europe, and Asia. He served as a member of the then City of Toronto Planning Board from 1973 to 1976, of the councils of the City of Toronto and Metropolitan Toronto from 1976-1991, as president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 1986-1987, and as Chair and CEO of the Toronto District Heating Corporation from 1982-1989. On retiring as a municipal politician, he became the first president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

Sanjay Khanna


Climate, Communities, Ecology

Sanjay Khanna is a writer, journalist, futurist, director and founder of Resilient People, which helps civic organizations, governments, and companies address the psychological, social, and cultural impacts of economic and climate shifts. Nominated as a Transformational Canadian in 2010 in The Globe and Mail and as a TED Fellow in 2009, Sanjay co-founded the world's first conference exploring how climate change and ecological degradation threaten people's mental health and well-being -- and how social well being can be encouraged as the pressures on humanity multiply. In 2011, Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, profiled Sanjay, highlighting his message that social well being is essential to urban sustainability.

Sanjay has synthesized environmental, social, technology, and mental-health trends for the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Nokia Corp., and Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. His perspective on global affairs has been informed by scenario-planning training with senior strategists from oil majors, financial institutions, manufacturers, and the U.S. government.
Sanjay's articles and op-eds on arts, culture, politics, technology, the economy, the environment, and community resilience have been published by YES!, Nature, Grist, Reuters, Worldchanging, The Tyee, Sun-Times News Group, and Communication Arts. He blogs at Realistic Sanctuary, where he explores the implications of economic instability and climate change. Sanjay holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor's degree in education. He is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.
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