Upcoming Events


“The State of the Equity and Commodity Markets from Mid-Feb 2020 – The Message from the Markets’”

Ehud I. Ronn, PhD

Wednesday September 30, 2020 – 11:30 EDT, 17:30 CET                                                         

Our fifth Business and Energy Talk for 2020 will be presented by Dr. Ehud I. Ronn, who is a Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.  His research and teaching interests focus on the valuation of energy commodity-contingent securities.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2018, oil and natural gas provided 54% of the world’s energy.  (Coal provided 26%.)  The over-supplied energy markets were already under stress as 2020 began.  The dual pressures of a Russia-Saudi Arabia oil price war, and demand destruction from Covid-19, caused oil and gas prices to tumble further.  They still remain well below 2019 averages, and the oil and gas sector is in the midst of some of the most dramatic restructuring in decades.

How do we interpret what the markets are telling us now?  Dr. Ronn will address this and other questions, sharing his expertise in matters of pricing, options, risk, and volatility.

Dr. Ronn began his studies in economics and management at the Technion in Israel, and earned his PhD in Finance from Stanford University.  He has held academic positions at Dartmouth College, Fordham University, the European Business School, the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, and the University of California, Berkeley.  He has also held executive positions at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch (now a division of Bank of America.)

He is the author of over 40 published articles, over a dozen book chapters and practitioner publications, and seminar presentations almost too numerous to count.  In addition to other awards, Dr. Ronn was selected by Energy Risk Magazine to the “Energy Risk Hall of Fame” in 2004.

We look forward to his talk.

“The Power of Narrative:  Humanity’s Greatest Asset for Strengthening Civilizational Security”

Roger Sorkin

Tuesday November 11, 2020 – 11:30 EST, 17:30 CET                                                                     

Our sixth and final Business and Energy Talk for 2020 will be presented by Roger Sorkin.  Roger is the Founder and Executive Director of The American Resilience Project (ARP), a nonprofit organization using mission-driven film to build a more resilient society.

Sorkin’s work addresses his own frustration with seeing many critical issues reduced to two-dimensional political battlegrounds.  Using the media of film, he seeks to engage audiences across the fault lines, creating stories designed to unite people in a common purpose.  In particular, he believes that the highly politicized arena of energy and climate change is in fact a debate about the security of civilization – and that film, if it can shift the conversation to basic human needs, can play an important role in helping to build consensus for action.

Sorkin has an extensive background in film production, writing, editing, and directing.  Prior to founding ARP in 2017, Roger consulted with and created documentary and dramatic films for a wide range of nonprofit, academic and government institutions, including USAID and NATO. He currently serves on the Climate and Security Working Group at the Center for Climate and Security, on the Managed Retreat Expert Group with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, and as a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Roger also teaches energy and environmental communication at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, and he has lectured at NASA, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and at the U.S. Naval Academy. Other ARP films in production include Nation in Transition, about the Navajo Nation energy transition away from coal, and the first of ARP’s new series, Food, Farms and Fashion, designed to strengthen farming livelihoods and food security through better soil health.

Sorkin has a BA in Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Communications from Stanford University.

We look forward to his talk.

In the meantime, please peruse these sixteen talks in our Archives.  You can also access them on YouTube (we can be found by searching Forum2100.org YouTube on your browser, or you can click here.)

TALKS FROM 2018

  • AirMiners.org – how to create a world with negative CO2 emissions
  • SOFT CAR – a novel Swiss model of vehicle architecture and design
  • Racepoint Energy – promoting wide-spread adoption of smart micro grids
  • Blockchain in Energy – the Energy Web Foundation platform and use cases
  • Cryptocurrency in Renewable Energy – Solar Coin
  • Purify Fuel – Making diesel fuel cleaner and more efficient

TALKS FROM 2019

  • SAF-USA.com:  a solar activated building cladding system
  • Ammonia as a Low Carbon Fuel – for the power and transportation sectors
  • Nuclear Energy:  A Key Weapon in the Battle to Limit Climate Change
  • The Role of Energy in Sustainable Development for Developing Countries
  • Climate Legislation in the Obama Presidency:  The Untold Story of People, Politics, and Policy
  • An Introduction to Military Operational Energy – challenges, risks, and innovations

TALKS FROM 2020

  • How Solar Energy Became Cheap:  A Model for Low Carbon Innovation
  • searCH4power – Mining bitcoin using natural gas that is being flared
  • Climate Change Academy of Risk and Opportunity, or Climate CARO – building competencies to support business innovation
  • Putinomics:  Russia’s Energy Strategy amid Low Oil Prices – and the potential challenges that lie ahead