Dr John Robinson was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1940. He has a BSc and masters degrees in mathematics (MSc) and physics (DipHons) from the University of Auckland and a doctorate (PhD) from MIT. He has lectured at several universities and worked as a research scientist – initially applying mathematics to physical problems, before moving to wide-ranging interdisciplinary studies for international organizations, combining information from global models with historical accounts and inappropriate cultural continuity at times of great stress.
While at Applied Mathematics Division of the DSIR in 1974 he began a career in futures research. Subsequent wide-ranging interdisciplinary work has included contract work for DSIR, OECD, UNESCO, UNEP, UNU, the New Zealand Commission for the Future and the USA Foundation for the Future as well as contacts with the Club of Rome. Despite the lack of official interest in an overview of global developments and the challenge to the growth model in New Zealand since 1984, John has continued his research. His analysis of long waves in capitalist economies (Excess capital, 1989) forecast the current depression and he has described the New Zealand situation during the coming global crisis on in NZ 2030, the world’s lifeboat (2009).
Since 1986 another part of his work has concerned Maori socio-economic issues. The considerable change of culture of Maori society when over three millennia of separate Polynesian culture ended with the coming of Europeans provided an example of the problems of a comprehensive culture change (or paradigm shift), as would be required if modern global society were to survive in a overpopulated and overstressed world. In each case a completely new situation arose. In each case the old culture persisted during a period of considerable disruption – now moving to a storm peak for global civilisation.
John has published scientific articles in international journals, written many reports on global issues, edited a couple of books and written several books:
Excess capital (1989, Technology Monitoring Associates, $25),
Rebuilding New Zealand (1994, Technology Monitoring Associates, $15),
Destroying New Zealand (1996, Technology Monitoring Associates, $15),
New Zealand 2030, the world’s lifeboat (2009, Island Bay World Service),
Cars at the end of an era, transport issues in the New Zealand greenhouse (2011, Friends of the Earth NZ, $20),
The corruption of New Zealand democracy, a Treaty industry overview (2011, Tross Publishing, $20)
When two peoples meet, the New Zealand experience (2012, Tross Publishing, $40), and
Twisting the Treaty, a racial grab for wealth and power (2013, co-author, Tross Publishing, $40).
Much of that research and experience has been made use of this book.
The first 3 are available from me. New Zealand 2030, the world’s lifeboat is out of print. Cars at the end of an era, transport issues in the New Zealand greenhouse is available from Friends of the Earth NZ at PO Box 5599, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141. The last 3 are published by Tross Publishing, website www.trosspublishing.co.nz, email address email@example.com.
Go well. It’s a beautiful world.
on Aug. 06, 2014 :
Yes, it is true that every forecast of societal collapse was wrong... Well, is it true? We do not know. Quite possibly, some smart man was predicting the collapse at Easter Island, and some smart woman in the ancient Angkor was concerned that in ten years her kids would have nothing to eat while the current rice crops were as good as ever. We do not know about these smart people because they disappeared without trace, alongside with thousands of not-so-smart.
Unfortunately for 90% of the population "future" is the next week, for 9% - the next year, for 0.9% - the next 10 years. And from the remaining 0.1% two thirds are of old age or have a terminal disease and simply don't give a damn. But: the fact that too many laugh at the "Limits to Growth" does not make the "Limits to Growth" wrong.
Yes, this book is extremely sad. Yes, if you belong to the above 99.967% -- drop it now. Back to your high definition TV, and have a happy life. While you can.
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on March 09, 2013 :
There are two problems with this book.
First, every forecast of societal collapse due to over-population has proved wrong, especially the laughable "Limits to Growth" by the Club of Rome. Advanced nations are faced with problems due to falling population, and population growth of less-advanced nations is rapidly slowing.
Second, Robinson isn't much of a writer.
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on March 03, 2013 :
This extensive and very insightful book is a must read for anybody with an ounce of hope for the future. Incredible to see full on, how deaf and blind our leaders are prepared to be when dealing with the life of everybody on earth.
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