He read from an unfinished essay on the economy, a short piece of fiction, and then took some questions. [I'll post a link to the essay when/if I can find it.]
At some point he was asked about education and he emphasized the need to get students:
- asking "what is this place we live in?" and educated about the local habitat
- figuring out what the local environment can sustain
- working across disciplines to find solutions that are mutually beneficial for man and the environment
He had a number of choice comments about how terrible a "healthy economy" is in an ecological sense. Not the best quote of the night but the only thing I wrote down verbatim--he diagnosed our political and economic troubles as related to a lack of skepticism:
"Skepticism ought to be native to us. Our ancestors survived because they were a little skeptical."
Related: Salt Lake Tribune article