changing the conversation

For the most part, the national conversation on our economic crisis — with increasing desperation — focuses on “getting back to normal”: robust economic growth, profligate energy use, unbridled consumerism, etc. Not only is this impossible, but the constant repetition of the same ideas sets up a dynamic where all but the most ardent environmentalists and alternative economists compete in an unwinnable debate, trying to prove that sustainable means a future “just like the present; only more so.”

Post Carbon Institute is changing the fundamental terms of the conversation, bringing the furtive whispers about resource constraints, the end of economic growth, and the need to live within Nature’s budget of renewable resources out into the open. Through various communication vehicles—public presentations, web sites and social media, creative videos, direct engagement with other NGOs, and general outreach and communications — Post Carbon Institute helps shift the public dialogue by creating common sense understanding of the practical limits of resources, the environment, and the economy. We're replacing the debate about how we can grow faster with a meaningful exchange of ideas about how we can transition more effectively to a world with limits.

projects and initiatives

  • Speakers Bureau. Our Speakers Bureau is a platform for sharing information and actionable opportunities that address the 21st century's global sustainability crisis. Through speaking appearances, Post Carbon Institute informs the public, changes the conversation about the challenges we face, and reaches many influential and credible people and organizations engaged in like-minded work.

  • Multimedia Narratives. Internet and multimedia technology provide small organizations such as ours with a tremendous opportunity to spread our message. Our first foray into this creative video narratives, 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds, won a YouTube/Do Gooder Nonprofit Video of the Year Award and has been viewed over 1.2 million times online, at film festivals, and in classrooms around the world.

  • Energy Bulletin. provides 1.5 million unique visitors a year with deeper insight into our energy dilemma and related sustainability issues. A great forum for new voices and new ideas, Energy Bulletin explores energy-related impacts on food, population, culture, and more through original articles and multimedia.

  • Academic Engagement. We’re using The Post Carbon Reader to stimulate a more systems-oriented conversation about the sustainability crises on more than 50 college campuses.

  • Creative Communications. In addition to the many other ways (described above) that we're “changing the conversation,” Post Carbon Institute uses our websites, social media, newsletters, briefings and exchanges, press outreach, and NGO collaborative engagement to broaden our reach and impact.