If the recession’s taught us anything, it’s to maximize happiness rather than pursue economic growth, which is known to falter. But what if it’s faltering permanently? Richard Heinberg, the author of ten books including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything and The End of Growth, is regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. This avid violin player is also a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point where we reach maximum global oil production—and is a senior fellow-in-residence at the Post Carbon Institute. Come hear Heinberg speak on the economy of the future for the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County on Thursday, July 12, at Spring Lake Village Auditorium. 5555 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. 707.538.8899.