As We Now Think

Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Fraud, Failure, and Frustration: This Is the Story of America’s First Energy Transition

Americans have not always desired new sources of energy. Demand has needed to be created, and this has never been easy. by Christopher F. Jones, Assistant Professor of History in … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flip the conference!

Disclaimer: In this blog post, I not un-ironically level an academic critique of the way the academic conference has lost sight of its competitive advantage. Critics of the modern classroom … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

New Climate Pragmatism Framework Prioritizes Energy Access as Driver of Innovation and Development

“Climate change can’t be solved on the backs of the world’s poorest people,” said Daniel Sarewitz, a report coauthor and CSPO co-director. “The key to solving for both climate and poverty is helping nations build innovative energy systems that can deliver cheap, clean, and reliable power.”

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brazil as Bureaucratic Dystopia

Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Dan Sarewitz, Co-Director of ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, hosted a free screening of director Terry Gilliam’s cult classic Brazil.

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sand Mandala as a symbolic representation, the everyday and the academic

Photo courtesy of Peter Lafford Emerge 2014 featured a variety of carefully constructed artistic objects, all manifestations of higher philosophical thought regarding art, science, culture and the individual. Among these … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Vilnius Declaration*

Horizon 2020 and the Vilnius Declaration urges us to bring what we know and can do to bear on societal challenges that are shared around the globe, argues CSPO affiliate and Senior Sustainability Scientist and Human Evolution and Social Change Professor Ed Hackett, in his Science, Technology and Human Values editorial.

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is Our Future Nuclear?

With Pandora’s Promise appearing this week on CNN, nuclear power advocates have ramped up their sales pitch, arguing that radiation isn’t dangerous and that nuclear can scale faster than renewables. Both claims are problematic, say CSPO professors Clark Miller and Jen Richter

November 6, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Coming Revolution in Global Energy Wealth

“Humanity’s challenge is …. to build an energy future in which the financial benefits of energy production are widely distributed across and within societies,” argues CSPO Associate Director Professor Clark Miller.

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Redesigning the Future of Education

“Interdisciplinarity, innovation, and collaboration might be the buzzwords of today’s academics, but we’re still a long way from figuring out how to do these things in a meaningful & substantial way,” argues CSPO PhD student Eric Kennedy.

October 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Frogs, Oil, Sustainable Development

CSPO senior lecturer Mary Jane Parmentier illustrates the challenges and complexity of balancing competing domestic and foreign interests and finding a sustainable solution for Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment
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