I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.
For details of the licensing restrictions on using these resources, see the Copyright and Sharing page.
A major part of my work involves creating and giving workshops and educational presentations. Research is an essential part of my work, but research is of little use unless you can communicate the results of that work to a wider audience.
Most of my presentations contain a high quantity of graphical information. That's because it's often easier to illustrate ideas than define them with words – especially for technical information. I make the slides for the presentations available as often people find it useful to refer back to the slide at a later date.
I usually develop presentations as a package which I then use as a the basis of a 'tour' on a certain issue. These sometimes vary depending uponwhere the presentation is given to reflect local conditions. I also produce one-off presentations as commissions, though these are not always available for general distribution.
Most of the files below are PDFs of the slides for each presentation. As I develop and perfect presentations, I sometimes produced notes, often as part of using the presentation as the basis of educational work. Where available these are also supplied with the slides.
Frackademics: A study of the relationships between academia, the fossil fuels industry and public agencies
This 'virtual presentation' summarises the "Frackademics" workshop, produced by Paul Mobbs. It expands the content of the original report to look more generally at the issue of fossil fuels funding, and some of the data behind the conclusions of the report. The original study was commissioned by Talk Fracking to map the connections between the fossil fuels industry and academic – concentrating in particular on the relationships to unconventional fossil fuels companies and government agencies.
'Frackademics' – annotated slides from the presentation
'Frackademics' – slides from the presentation
"Less" (is a Four Letter Word) – Economics, Ecological Limits and Politics
These are the slides from the 'new, improved' "Less is a Four-Letter Word" presentation. This version looks more towards the contradictions between the biophysical and conventional economic view of the world – and how the increasing prescience of the 'Limits to Growth' reports portends a future where existing economic rules become more dysfunctional.
Beyond Fracking: the next steps in the 'extreme energy' debate in Britain
These are the slides for the 'Beyond Fracking' presentation, outlining the issues and uninvestigated problems behind the UK Government's fracking agenda.
Going to Extremes: The project to develop unconventional gas extraction in Britain
These are the slides from my 2013-2015 presentation/discussion on the Government's increasingly dictatorial project to develop shale gas in Britain – despite the mounting evidence that the evidence supporting it is highly contestable. Where political will trumps empirical evidence, we have to look at the ideology motivating that programme to understand the reasons why the Government are being so unreasonable.
Jam Tomorrow: Unconventional Gas and Britain's Energy Future
These are the slides from my 2012 presentation/discussion on shale gas, coal-bed methane, gas "fracking" and the future of Britain's energy economy.
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Extreme Energy in South Wales
Slides from my 'extreme energy' tour of South Wales in the Autumn of 2012. The tour took place to highlight the new applications for drilling in South Wales, and the flaws in the UK Government's arguments in favour of fracking.
The "Limits to Technology": The annotated workshop/presentation slides
"Limits to Technology" examines the role of resource depletion and the ecological limits to human society's future use of "technological systems" – a broad term covering not only our use of computers and mobile technologies, but also the electronics, metals and chemical components of everyday goods and products, and the latest "green technologies". Like the human system in general, our use of technology is subject to certain resource specific limits; by understanding these limits, and how they affect us all, we can address our minds to devising new ways to live our lives in an inevitably more resource-constrained future.
Peak Oil, the Decline of the North Sea and Britain's Energy Future
Britain faces a series of problematic choices in order to re-negotiate our lifestyle within the biophysical limits that will assert themselves over the next few decades. These problems cannot be avoided, and they are complex because they affect so many aspects of our economic, social and material well-being today. For that reason they are innately political, and thus require the political parties of Britain to engage with these issues in order to map out a means of dealing with the crises these changes will generate.
summary handout of presentation
The "Less is a Four Letter Word" Presentation
The 'Less is a Four Letter Word' presentation was developed in 2005 for the Free Range Network. It follows on from the 'Energy Beyond Oil' (EBO) presentation, picking up where EBO leaves off, it starts with the simple question, "logically, if we're going to have to use less, how do we do it?". Problematically this collides with the primary obstruction to planning meaningful change – economic growth.
"Less is a Four Letter Word" – presentation slides
"Less is a Four Letter Word" – annotated slides
Energy Beyond Oil
These are the slides for the 'Energy Beyond Oil' presentation, which I ran from 2003 to 2009. The presentation looks at how the energy 'system' works, and how the limitations on energy production ultimately limit how far the human system can grow.
The Community-Linux Training Centre
A slide presentation on the 'Community Linux Training Centre', a recycled open-source ICT edication and training platform.
New Climate – Future or Reality?
A presentation for the British Council Russia: This week and next, the "Convention of the Parties" (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) are meeting in Nairobi. This assembly of the world's government, scientific academies and other interested groups will be debating how global agreements will restrict the emissions of greenhouse gases when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Next year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release their Fourth Assessment Report, and it is likely that, from the information released to date, it will outline a more serious picture of our impact upon the Earth's climate, and the time that we have remaining to avoid damaging climate change.
summary for participants
Creating Linux Networks with Trash Technology
A presentation priduced for ComputerAid International on recycling trash computer technology to create a community ICT training facility – based on the work previously undertaken developing the 'Community-Linux Training Centre', and then building that concept "in the field" through events such as 'The Container Project'.
click to download Paul Mobbs/MEI resource