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“What is a polycrisis? When the whole is worse than the sum of the parts”*…

Columbia University historian Adam Tooze on a way of getting one’s arms around a polycrisis…

Yes, I know it is relentless. That is also a feature of the polycrisis we are in. It comes from all sides and it just doesn’t stop.

How to get a handle on this situation?

In German there is a compound noun: Krisenbilder – Crisis Pictures. I am going to draw some Krisenbilder…

Understanding (at least part of) the mess that we’re in: “Crisis Pictures (Krisenbilder) – mapping the polycrisis,” from @adam_tooze and his invaluable newsletter, Chartbook.

* Adam Tooze (see here)


As we think systemically, we might recall that it was on this date in 1848 that James Wilson Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill, in Coloma, California.  When news of the discovery spread, some 300,000 men, women, and children flocked to California, picks and pans in hand, from the rest of the United States and abroad– the California Gold Rush was on.

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January 24, 2022 at 1:00 am

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