Conversations - The Podcast

Conversations - The Podcast

Details  In this global interconnected world - how do we carry on a conversation? Our podcasts are short conversations about the core topics and difficult concepts in Transition Engineering. Subscribe to our podcast channel.

Transition Engineering Ideas 

This page is essentially a repository for Thought Pieces. Most of the thinking is around our perception of the wicked problems, our role in society, our frustration with the slow pace of change, our response to the scientific data and what it means for the future. 

The Transition Engineering hypothesis is that all engineers can take on the work of changing what is unsustainable about the systems they work on. There are no easy solutions, only a lot of changes. Change is difficult on many levels - but the first level is our own response. 

This page has stories, ideas, and ways to park, unpack, and process the situation we are in so that we can start to work effectively. It also establishes a common narrative and shared understanding that we can use to quickly progress through the minefield of inaction and inertia that always exists around wicked problems. 

Please Like and Share these stories with other engineers you know and encourage them to join the Transition Engineering crew. 

Honesty

Honesty

Details  We have a big problem with honesty. The world is counting on us for technology solutions to the problems of global warming and dependence on fossil fuels. These problems are the unintended consequence of successful technology. We are all too eager to participate in rather delusional enterprises like ocean thermal energy, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen and fuel cells. Now we will be honest with society about the fact that there are no solutions, only hard choices and big changes.

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Guest Blogs

Guest Blogs

Details  Transition Engineering has been featured on other websites as guest blogs and articles. This collection provides some inspirational reading.Tags    Blog 
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Sailing to Sustainability

Sailing to Sustainability

Details  Does it ever feel like we are all on a sinking ship?  NASA Climate Scientist, Dr. James Hansen, recently said that for the last 30 years we have been going in totally the wrong direction. 

How does Transition Engineering change that?
Details  Where are we actually going?  Who is steering the ship? Do we have a map?Tags    Stories 
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New Approach

New Approach

Details  The future of our civilization is at risk. We need a "New Approach". Are you a member of the brethren of the New Approach?
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Electric Vehicle Policy

Electric Vehicle Policy

Details  Government policies that "support", "encourage" or "incentivize" people to purchase an EV are not the most efficient approach for transition to sustainable transportation.Tags    BEV 
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The Perspective Shift

The Perspective Shift

Details  How do you know if you are looking at the problem the right way? We all know that the project of transition will require new ideas, new technologies, new operations, new economics... But doesn't all of this start by getting the problem definition right? The future is not like the past. TE offers the skill of shifting perspective.Tags    The BigDO 
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Understand The Con

Understand The Con

Details  In Transition Engineering, one of the 7 steps of the methodology is to interrogate the scenarios about future technologies, policies or behaviour changes. This is a challenging engineering effort where we try to apply analytical and scientific evidence to things that most people take on belief and imbue with hope. Maybe our analysis can't convince believers in the hydrogen economy or carbon capture and storage that these things are not worth time and investment. But the main point of the exercise is for the Transition Engineer to understand the con and to pick up tools and move on.
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Pop the Hydrogen Bubble

Pop the Hydrogen Bubble

Details  If you are an engineer who is intrigued by the idea of Green Hydrogen as a part of the Energy Transition, then you need to learn more about it. Imagine that you have the job of making some energy supply system work for an energy service. Go through all the different ideas - including discovering a Shift Project - that's right innovating. Carry out a Strategic Analysis of the different ideas. You will find that the hydrogen ideas simply and plainly are not feasible. Do whatever you can to get your head and others out of the hydrogen bubble.
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Outrage

Outrage

Details  350.org, March for Science, Student's Strike4Climate, Extinction Rebellion

The volume is increasing.
How does Transition Engineering fit in?
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