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The polycrisis

#176 Weekend reads – have we gone too far towards the cliff edge?

Welcome back to the Weekend Reads and as the theme of The Know Show reflected this week, it’s all getting a bit cray cray out there. This followed a conversation with my husband earlier in the week, where I was reflecting that the conversation I’ve been tracking for years – on climate, biodiversity loss, economics, geopolitics, war, you name it (essentially the polycrisis) is hitting a level of outrage, fear, panic, alarm, urgency and deep deep concern I haven’t seen before. It makes me wonder if we have indeed gone too far towards the cliff edge?

Do you feel it too? Like everything is really going up a notch on the risk front? You know, we’re saw a US soldier self-emolliate to protest the war in Palestine, and Donald Trump has had an extraordinary week or two on the verbal-ramblings-front, the likes we haven’t seen before. Here’s one example below, but his comments about women giving birth at nine months – wait, what?!

The question is being asked again – does Donald Trump have dementia? I’d suggest it’s important we know that, considering the house he’s looking to secure.

The whole world is watching the impact of US politicisation on the war in Ukraine and the impact it’s having on the country, everything that continues to go on in Israel is alarming including the confusion in the media over who did what, women’s rights are under attack everywhere in really crazy ways, heat records across the world including in the Northern Hemisphere are enormous, and not to forget there’s a massive fire in Texas which started in February, while California is about to get hit with a monster snow storm.

I’m sitting here in Thailand, dealing with heat extremes more like we see in April and May, wondering what April and May are going to look like….. it’s not a comfortable thought, while at the same time, my home state of Victoria in Australia is on fire, and well, it’s all a bit much.

What we all need is the courage Yulia Navalnaya showed this week, when she spoke to the EU Parliament. We definitely can’t be “boring” in dealing with any of the challenges we face.

Want to understand the polycrisis, I recommend this read.

Want to understand why hope is not our friend? Then read this.  

And a question – are you feeling the change in conversation and news? Are you feeling the frenzy?

Friends content and mine

I included a great article from Samantha Gayfer last week and here she is again, this time talking about what it’s like when we need to sacrifice our careers for our partners. Great read.

When Did I Become An Apostrophe? | LinkedIn

Here’s the latest in my ‘We need a new middle-class dream’ series – part two, section two, on food, including fast food.

Plenty more to read or watch, so do click through to the reads at the image below, and a reminder, this platform ( means the articles go back weeks, and potentially months as the year progresses. If you want to see the latest, it’s the first 100 or so added.

Weekend reads, the polycrisis

Please do let me know what caught your attention? Or share with me what has your attention now? There’s a lot going on, which means none of us can cover everything. Besides, it’s always great to get feedback so I know I’m delivering something of value.



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