Erik Curren

Erik Curren is the publisher of Transition Voice. He co-founded Transition Staunton Augusta in December 2009 and serves as managing partner of the Curren Media Group, an online marketing company. He is also partner in a solar energy development company. He has served on the city council of Staunton, VA since July 2012.


David vs Goliath

The real reason the climate movement has failed

In the last three decades since the climate movement has gotten active, the world’s economy has released more greenhouse pollution than in the years previously since the Industrial Revolution.

Clearly, whatever progress on public policy that the movement has made with governments and businesses, those governments and businesses have failed to take meaningful action.


September 15, 2019

GOP messaging guru Frank Luntz used to help conservatives dismiss climate change. Now he’s switched sides and has offered to help Democrats build support for climate solutions.

Messaging guru offers list of words to use and avoid to build support for climate solutions

f you’ve heard of Frank Luntz, you may know him as the evil-genius messaging expert who advised Republicans how to twist words to support their policy priorities. But Luntz seems to have gotten religion on climate. He has stopped minimizing the problem of global heating and has instead decided to do the opposite — to try to help activists raise the alarm.

August 5, 2019


Trumped and Stumped: A Cure for Political Polarization?

A book called I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up sounds like it was written just for the 2016 US presidential race.

September 13, 2016


Breaking the System: A Review of Surviving the Future

The three-century-long reign of the market economy is nearing its end whether we like it or not, wrote late British economist David Fleming in Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy.

June 28, 2016

Inspiration for the Burned-out Localizer

What’s new about Afterburn is that it offers two things that Transitioners or anyone else who forecasts a more local future needs today: inspiration and advice for the future…

June 1, 2015

2014 biggest year ever for solar, but oil price threat looms

Will only time tell whether it will be enough to keep solar panels cheap when crude oil no longer is?

March 26, 2015

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