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After Oil public roundtable draws large crowd, explores vital energy transition issues

(By Oliver Rossier and Angelique Rodrigues; Original published at https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/faculty-news/2015/august/video-after-oil-public-roundtable-draws-large-crowd-explores-vital-energy-transition-issues)

What comes after oil in Alberta? What would a post-fossil fuel future look like? Would we have to dramatically re-design cities, homes and transportation systems? And how can we shift our outlook now, to be ready for when those changes come?

These were just a few of the many difficult questions explored during the After Oil public roundtable held at the Art Gallery of Alberta on August 21.

Over 200 people packed the AGA for this discussion, which was expertly moderated by Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist (ATB Financial). Guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Jacquet (Environmental Studies, New York University) challenged the audience to think about the nuances of using shame as a tool, and suggested that shaming corporations might be a way to make environmental change more possible.

Full house at the AGA for After Oil 2015

Full house at the AGA for After Oil 2015

Dr. Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, described the importance of taking ownership of the rules of social structures related to petrocultures. Dr. Trevor Harrison, Director of the Parkland Institute, encouraged the audience to imagine redefining globalization and economic diversification. Panelist Simon O’Byrne, Vice President of Stantec’s Urban Planning, invited discussion about changing education systems to create engaged citizens and entrepreneurs. Eddy Isaacs (Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions) urged the audience to recognize that energy literacy is a huge factor in our democracy.

Simon O'Byrne (VP, Urban Planning, Stantec) and Michael O'Driscoll (Petrocultures Research Team)

Simon O’Byrne (VP, Urban Planning, Stantec) and Michael O’Driscoll (Petrocultures Research Team)

The success of roundtable demonstrated that the Faculty of Arts, and UAlberta as a whole, can provide vital research leadership on these critical topics.

The full event video, linked here, shows the presentation by Jacquet and her fellow After Oil panellists, followed by a Q & A with members of the audience.

The After Oil public roundtable was part of a larger After Oil School, which saw academics from around the world come together at the University of Alberta from August 19 to 22 to research and discuss the economic, political and sociological impacts of transitioning to life after oil.

Out of the conference, researchers will produce a policy brief and research paper, both of which will be available to media and the public on the After Oil website in the coming weeks.

Scroll through the After Oil Storify below to read Tweets from our panellists, audience members and After Oil school participants.

Related links:
Petrocultures website: http://petrocultures.com/
Storify capturing the Twitter conversation: https://storify.com/KIASAlberta/what-comes-after-oil
Introductory article by Angelique Rodrigues: https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/faculty-news/2015/august/what-comes-after-oil-in-alberta
KIAS After Oil research page: https://uofa.ualberta.ca/kule-institute/projects/szeman-after-oil
Trending topics on Twitter in Edmonton: http://www.trendinalia.com/twitter-trending-topics/canada/edmonton-150822.html

Media coverage (to Aug 23):
Global News Edmonton
Byline: Shallima Maharaj

CBR-AM (CBC Radio One Calgary)
Byline: Donna Mcelligott

CBC French
Byline: Genevieve Potvin


What comes after oil, for Alberta, for Canada and for the world?

Petrocultures, The Kule Institute for Advanced Study and UAlberta’s Faculty of Arts invite you to

After Oil: A Free Public Roundtable

Friday, August 21, 2015

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Art Gallery of Alberta/AGA Ledcor Theatre

Members of the public are invited to come together to engage in big picture thinking about the importance of energy for our societies, and to consider together the difficult question of energy transition.

After 150 years of solid drilling, it’s unclear how much oil is left, and the negative effects of our reliance on this fossil fuel have never been more clear than they are today. How will our societies continue to thrive and prosper once our dominant source of energy is no longer available?

In the wake of a recent dramatic change in government, this roundtable provides an opportunity to pose questions about the deeper significance of oil for the shape and character of Alberta, and to start figuring out answers to these difficult questions – before it’s too late.

The After Oil roundtable will be led by New York University Professor Jennifer Jacquet, an environmental social scientist who explores large-scale cooperation dilemmas, including climate change. Jacquet will discuss the issues raised in her compelling new book Is Shame Necessary? in the context of oil and Alberta. Each panelist will have a chance to respond before the discussion is opened up to the audience.


Moderator: Todd Hirsch (Chief Economist, ATB Financial)

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Jacquet (Environmental Studies, New York University)


Simon O’Byrne (Vice-President, Urban Planning, Stantec)
Eddy Isaacs (Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions)
Sheena Wilson (Petrocultures, University of Alberta)
Imre Szeman (Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies – University of Alberta)
Trevor Harrison (Director, Parkland Institute, University of Alberta)

R.S.V.P. for After Oil here.

Please note, seating is limited.

Read more about the event on the Faculty of Arts’ After Oil website.

For more information about the After Oil KIAS cluster project, click here.

For more information on the Petrocultures research group at the University of Alberta, click here.

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