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Dreaming the Future

Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Chelsea Green
 | 
August, 2012
ISBN:
9781603584593
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$25.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The world is entering a period of great change. The environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. All around, it seems, societies are experiencing breakdown—even collapse. Kenny Ausubel, social entrepreneur and co-founder of Bioneers, argues it is time to reimagine our future and our connection to each other, and to nature.

In Dreaming the Future, Ausubel tracks the big ideas, metatrends, and game-changing developments of our time being led by some of the world’s greatest thinkers, designers, and visionaries.

As more communities take the initiative to shape their own future and become more resilient, Ausubel shows how it’s possible to emerge from a world where corporations are citizens, the gap between rich and poor is cavernous, and biodiversity and the climate are under assault—and create a world where people take their cues from nature and focus on justice, equity, diversity, democracy, and peace.

In truth, although it’s one minute to midnight on the ecological clock and too late to avoid large-scale destruction and disruption, “the shift is about to hit the fan,” in the words of filmmaker Tom Shadyac. Around the world, the transition from fossil fuels is irreversibly under way, along with countless other basic changes in how we organize human civilization to operate in concert with natural systems and in a reasonably peaceful coexistence with each other. We’re entering the Age of Nature, and there’s no turning back.

Dreaming the Future offers readers engaging, at times humorous, essays that even people steeped in the realities of a world gone wrong and the struggles to right it will find refreshing and provocative.

“This valuable book underscores that many of the solutions so desperately needed today have already been discovered by nature. Dreaming the Future is much more than a dream: this is a blueprint for survival.” —Paul Stamets, author, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

“A dazzling treasury of essays on the destiny of humanity and its place on earth, a rosary of startling truths. Read it to find joy in the intricate re-imagination of what it means to be a human being at this parlous moment in civilization.” —Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest

Publisher’s Description: 

Few would deny that we are entering a period of great change. Our environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. All around, it seems, we are experiencing breakdown. But out of this chaos comes the opportunity for breakthrough-the opportunity to reimagine our future.

 

In Dreaming the Future, Kenny Ausubel leads us into that possible new world and introduces us to the thinkers and doers who are-sometimes quietly, sometimes not-leading what he calls "a revolution from the heart of nature and the human heart."

 

In a collection of short, witty, poignant, even humorous essays, Ausubel tracks the big ideas, emerging trends, and game-changing developments of our time. He guides us through our watershed moment, showing how it's possible to emerge from a world where corporations are citizens, the gap between rich and poor is cavernous, and biodiversity and the climate are under assault and create a world where we take our cues from nature and focus on justice, equity, diversity, democracy, and peace.

 

Even those steeped in the realities of a world gone wrong and efforts to right it will find refreshing, even surprising, perspectives in Dreaming the Future. It will come as no surprise to readers that Ausubel is cofounder of Bioneers-which foreword author David W. Orr describes as "one part global salon...one part catalytic organization."

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