“We are on the brink of an ecological mega-crisis threatening the future of life on earth and our actions over the next few years may well determine the destiny of our descendants. Between a manifesto and a tactical plan of action, How Soon is Now? by radical futurist and philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck outlines a vision for a mass social movement that will address this crisis.”
About the book
An expansion of the TedX talk that Pinchbeck gave in 2013 entitled, “The Planetary Initiation,” How Soon is Now draws on extensive research to present a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis. The central thesis is that humanity has unconsciously self-willed ecological catastrophe to bring about a transcendence of our current condition. We are facing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale. We can understand that this initiation is necessary for us to evolve from one state of being—our current level of consciousness—to the next. Overcoming outmoded ideologies, we will realize ourselves as one unified being, a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s ecology and the entire web of life.
Covering everything from energy and agriculture, to culture, politics, media and ideology, How Soon is Now is ultimately about the nature of the human soul and presents a definitive blueprint for the future.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/ Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). He is the founder of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki and his essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The New York Times Book Review, the Village Voice, Dazed and Confused and many other publications. In 2007, Daniel launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and co-founded Evolver.net. Daniel also edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, with North Atlantic Books. He was featured in the 2010 documentary, “2012: Time for Change” directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films.