James Martin
James Martin

James Martin, local scholar and author, speaks on the Transformation of Humankind. His inter-disciplinary approach and scholarly work have been lauded around the world. Come hear what conclusions he has drawn from a life of research.

It is often said that if you are in the middle of a revolution you can't see the overall picture of what is happening. According to Martin, "We are now in the middle of the biggest revolution ever. Around 1750 AD, something extraordinary began to happen on Earth — the beginning of a massive transformation of humankind. Since life began, evolution has occurred at a glacial pace, but now explosive change is happening. It is enabled by technology, but many other factors are part of its driving force."

"Nature corrects mistakes in brutal ways, and we are making massive mistakes now. However, humanity is the first entity in Earth's history that can think about what is going wrong and try to correct it. This is the first time there have been highly intelligent creatures that can study their situation and devise powerful ways to deal with the problems," says Martin.

In this presentation, Martin will discuss his views on a need for extreme paradigm shifts in the near future that are diverse in nature, and for which he and others say we are almost totally unprepared.

About our speaker:
James Martin founded the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, a unique, interdisciplinary research community of more than 300 scholars working to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. From quantum entanglement to the governance of geo-engineering, it supports more than 30 individual research teams from across the University of Oxford to consider some of the biggest questions that concern our future.

Martin has written 104 textbooks (more than any other living person) many of which have been seminal in their field. Martin wrote The Meaning of the 21st Century, which was made into a major film, and he is a Pulitzer nominee for his book The Wired Society.

He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the British Royal Institution, a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies at Monterey, California. Martin has honorary doctorates from universities on all six continents.


Venue: The Big Picture, Waitsfield, VT, 7 p.m. start. This is a free event and open to the public.