Azeem Azhar's Exponential View

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.


episode 38: Imagining Climate Futures with Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson, the legendary science-fiction novelist, has a private utopian hope: “to dodge a mass extinction event.” He joins Azeem Azhar to explore his recent novel, The Ministry For the Future, and what it would take for institutions, individuals, and emerging technologies to save millions of lives.

They also discuss:

  • When civil disobedience and direct climate action may become a moral necessity.
  • Why central banks and a radical shift of economic incentives are vital to drive decarbonization.
  • What climate restoration is and why it offers better prospects than climate engineering.

Kim Stanley Robinson

Further resources:

  • “Applying the Pandemic Mindset to Climate Change with Cory Doctorow” (Exponential View podcast, 2020)
  • “What can climate tech do for us?” (Exponential View newsletter, 2020)
  • “The Ministry For the Future” (Hachette, 2020)
  • “It’s Not Science Fiction” (The New York Review on The Ministry For the Future, 2020)
  • “Top central banks identify nine ways to make their policies greener” (Financial Times, 2021)


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