Tom Rand

Tom Rand

Tom Rand

 

Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis

November 23rd, 1:00-3:00 pm

Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, engineer, and philosopher Tom Rand explains why climate disruption might just be our very own pot of hot water. Are we the frog paralyzed in our inaction?

Rand looks to contemporary psychology, economics, business, and finance to explain our stasis in the face of one of the most fundamental problems of our time. Rand’s account doesn’t just point fingers at the bad guys, but goes deeper — to our motivations, institutional lethargy, and deeply buried assumptions about market economics.

Rand’s keynote is as much about solutions as it is an account of our present paralysis. Our ingenuity, technology, capital, and policy can work together to turn down the heat and at the same time enable the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century.

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Bio

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures, a Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel project in downtown Toronto. Tom's first book Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit was published in early 2010 (winner of the 2011 Whitepine Non-Fiction award) and his second - Waking the Frog - became a bestseller in Spring 2014. It is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunites afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy. Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE) and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto) is an Action Canada Fellow, was recently appointed to the Government of Ontario’s Climate Action Group. Tom is a regular contributor on Canada’s leading op-ed pages and is a regular contributor on CBC’s The Exchange.