“Thomas Homer-Dixon is one of the few people on the planet who could have tackled what he defines as the world’s overriding issue: the yawning ‘ingenuity’ gap between the need for practical solutions to complex problems … and the actual supply of workable ideas,” writes Maclean’s.
Thomas is a professor and writer whose research focusses on societal responses to environmental, economic and technological change, and global security threats, among other topics. Thomas also speaks globally, and briefed Al Gore twice during his term as Vice President.
He is the bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, winner of the Governor General’s Non-fiction Award, Environment, Scarcity, and Violence, winner of the Caldwell Prize of the American Political Science Association, Ecoviolence: Links among Environment, Population, and Security, and The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, National Business Book Award winner.
Thomas’ forthcoming book, Commanding Hope: The Power We Have to Renew a World in Peril, calls for systemic change to create a liveable future. It is dedicated to his young children.
Thomas teaches at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.
Author Patrons: Steve Iscoe and Jan Walter
Appearing in: 8. Reaching for Hope: Transformation of a World in Peril