Podcast: TED Talks series - Naomi Klein: Addicted to Risk

TED Talks


19:50 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED DEC 2010 - POSTED JAN 2011 - TEDWomen

Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil, which resulted in the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?

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Learning Goals

In this material, Klein wants to bring to light the fact that people are willing to wait until the very last possibly moment before something must be fixed, and explains that method is not a sustainable option for solving the climate crisis.

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Description and Teaching Materials

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Teaching Notes and Tips

This material can be used to examine the results of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and how the corporate economy played a role in responding to the disaster. This material also explores why people are willing to take great risks for little possible reward.


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References and Resources

In her latest work, Naomi Klein wonders: What makes our culture so prone to the reckless high-stakes gamble, and why are women so frequently called upon to clean up the mess? Full Bio >>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Naomi Klein: Addicted to Risk.