NATE HAGENS: What We Can Learn From Hedge Fund Investors
Post Carbon Institute board member Nate Hagens discusses conspicuous consumption as a natural behavior--one that can be changed, one that must be changed quickly if we are to create stable, resilient societies.
"Without behavioral change, without changing the carrot that the United States and the countries that follow us compete for, away from conspicuous consumption... its only going to be fingers in the dyke, temporary fixes."
Nate is a well know authority on the overall resource depletion picture. He was, until recently, the editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and highly-respected websites in the world for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and their implications for the future.
His talks address the opportunities and constraints facing the coming human transition away from fossil fuels. On the supply side Nate focuses on biophysical economics (net energy) and the interrelationship between debt based financial markets and natural resources. On the demand side Nate addresses the evolutionarily-derived underpinnings to conspicuous consumption, valuing the present over the future, and habituation to resource overconsumption and offers suggestions on how we as individuals and society can better adapt and mitigate to what's ahead.
Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, NPR and many other radio stations and has lectured around the world on issues related to resource depletion.
Nate Hagens holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago. He is currently completing his PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Previously he was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and was a Vice President at investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.