Monday, 28 July 2014

Speaking at SXSW Eco in Austin, 6-8 Oct. 2014

I've accepted an invitation to speak at the South By Southwest Eco conference on sustainability in Austin, TX, 6-8 October 2014:

"Peak Travel" : Envisioning the Post-Air Travel Age

The aviation industry hopes to obtain enough cheap biofuel to sustain air travel without diverting land, water, or labor from food production. But what if that proves impossible?

One doesn't have to predict a doomsday scenario of global warming to imagine a future of dramatically more expensive (and/or rationed or taxed) air travel.

What disruptions would that bring to patterns of travel and development? Travel is intertwined with every sector of the economy. How would trade and development maps be redrawn by changes in travel modes and speeds? What people, places, and investments would stand to win or lose? How can we prepare for this possible future?

Will we see a resurgence of passenger shipping, for example, and what would that mean? Will both vacations and business trips become longer in duration? How will slower travel affect the travel experience and the travel industry? These are only a few of the key questions to be explored in this brief exercise in travel futurism.

More details to come. I'm excited to be a part of this SXSW event, and hope to see some of you there.

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