Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon
Award-Winning Author | Public Intellectual
Bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon shows audiences how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity, speed, and surprise. Called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs today” by The Guardian, he uses clear and simple language to help audiences understand how the world is rapidly changing and what that means for our future.
Homer-Dixon is the founder and director of the Cascade Institute, a Canadian research centre dedicated to the full range of humanity’s converging environmental, economic, political, and technological crises. His research focuses on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity. He also studies how people, organizations, and societies can better resolve their conflicts and innovate in response to complex problems.
A sought-after speaker, Homer-Dixon has spoken at leading universities, to government agencies, and to major industry associations throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has also provided briefings to the Privy Council Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Defence in Canada; the Foreign Office in the United Kingdom; and to the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the State Department in the United States.
Homer-Dixon is the author of the bestselling and award-winning books The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization; The Ingenuity Gap; and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence. He also writes regularly for The Globe and Mail, and has been published often in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and Scientific American.
Homer-Dixon received a BA from Carleton University and a PhD from MIT, and he previously held the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto.