Change is going to come no matter what, so it behooves us to engage our imagination toward the kind of future we want. We need to go deep into what truly makes us happy. Pinchbeck is advocating nothing less than the need to embrace our responsibility for understanding what’s happening and play an active part in caring for the world. Even though the ecological data are frightening, he looks at the situation as an opportunity, as a kind of potential for global awakening, and an initiation that could shift humanity from its present self-involved, ego-based state to something more inclusive and transcendent. He emphasizes the need for good ideas to be in place in this unfolding planetary crisis, and reminds us of Milton Friedman, who has said that when a crisis comes the ideas that get applied are the ones that are lying around. Pinchbeck says of emerging social structures, “If you look at the history of evolution, biologists talk about how cooperation is more successful than competition.” He also outlines many present models of cooperation and he feels that this time in our human history can serve as our initiation to the next level of consciousness: ecologically, socially, politically, and spiritually. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Daniel Pinchbeck has been described as a radical futurist. He’s a philosopher and keen cultural observer. He was featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change and was host of the talk show, MindShift, on Gaiam TV. He directed the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture. His essays and articles have appeared in a vast range of publications, including the New York Times, Esq., Rolling Stone, ArtForum, Dazed and Confused, The Village Voice and many other publications. In 2007, Daniel launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and co-founded Evolver.net. Evolver currently includes Evolver Learning Labs, a webinar platform, and The Evolver Network, a nonprofit initiative. Daniel also edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions with North Atlantic Books.
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To learn more about the work of Daniel Pinchbeck go to www.danielpinchbeck.io.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 3/7/2017 Program Number: 3604
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