Film followed by discussion: Surviving Progress

After watching this documentary, we'll open up a discussion.

How many of us know what progress is? What if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.

Taglines: Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up

* Runtime 86 minutes *Released 2012 *Directors: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Was an excellent film and discussion after. The result I left with is if we can change our selves, all else will change. And to change ourselves we must DO. Like a simple community project that we enjoy. An interesting evening, big thank you to the organizers.

    April 29, 2013

  • David W.

    Tonight's film was a mix with both strong and weak elements. Two of the so-called "activists" interviewed made fools of themselves, devaluing the film. A much better resource on this entire topic is the recent new book "The infinite resource" by Ramez Naam: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d...­.

    April 28, 2013

  • terence f.

    good but as already discussed a bit repetitive and longer than needed to make its valid points. Good issues were raised but I fear the solutions are outside our power to change save to consume less.

    April 28, 2013

  • Maria S.

    Sorry I can't make it tonight, hope to see you soon at an upcoming meetup

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to share ideas

    April 28, 2013

  • Mal W.

    Sorry to say I can't make it tonight, but I do intend to come in the future, life just got in the way. Best of luck.

    April 28, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Sounds interesting...

    April 23, 2013

  • cuthbert c.

    always a thoughtful film and discussion

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds good, abit bleak but intriging

    April 16, 2013

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