What if representatives of the energy industry, environmentalists and other experts were brought together to discuss challenges and search for solutions regarding the country’s energy future?
Simpson College will host a day-long series of events on Dec. 3 that is designed to do exactly that.
“Envisioning Our Energy Future: What Will It Take” will be held Dec. 3 in Hubbell Hall, located in the Kent Campus Center on the Simpson College campus. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
The event is sponsored by Unfolding Energy and the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson.
Both energy production and environmental stakeholders are grappling with the changes in the energy industry and public sentiment about climate impacts. The event is designed to promote and facilitate discussion of these challenges.
“The energy industry is witnessing a change that is new,” said Pari Kasotia, founder and CEO of Unfolding Energy, one of the event sponsors. “In this changing industry, we have to balance the environmental, social, and economic factors. This event is intended to increase awareness on the energy landscape but more importantly gather diverse stakeholders to explore options and plan for our energy future through the polarity lens.”
The keynote presentation will be by Dr. Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas-Austin and producer of the award-winning documentary, SWITCH, which will be shown.
The program also will include a Polarity Thinking discussion facilitated by management consultant John Fraser, who will lead energy industry representatives, environmentalists and members of the Simpson community in a discussion.
“Polarity thinking” is the theory that most opinions, strategies and concepts are at one end of a spectrum, and solutions are best found when people from all sides are brought together.
“The energy choices we make now will have enormous ramifications for both our economy and our environment in the future,” said Seth Andersen, the Culver Center’s executive director. “This program is designed to bring leading energy industry experts and environmental activists into dialogue to chart a responsible energy future.”
Other sponsoring organizations include the Iowa Energy Center, Riley Resource Group, the Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa EPSCOR, Iowa Lakes Community College and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association.
To learn more: www.switchenergyproject.com.
The schedule of events:
9 a.m. – Noon – Screening of “SWITCH” energy documentary.
1-3 p.m. – Presentation by Dr. Scott Tinker.
3-3:30 p.m. – Presentations by sponsoring organizations.
3:30-3:45 p.m. – Break
3:45 p.m.-6 p.m. – Facilitated Polarity Thinking workshop led by John Fraser, independent management consultant.
6-7 p.m. – Hosted reception.