Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature

Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature

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By (author) Kenny Ausubel

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1603584595
  • ISBN 13: 9781603584593
  • Sales rank: 630,850

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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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Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is co-CEO and founder of Bioneers, a nonprofit dedicated to disseminating breakthrough solutions for restoring Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. Ausubel has written three other books, and has produced several documentary films about alternative medicine. He lives in the mountains outside Sante Fe, New Mexico with Nina and their dogs.

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"Dreaming the Future proposes a path forward that is both profoundly radical and full of common sense. An excellent read for everyone who wants to build a better future-and for those looking to supplement the many dry technical tomes about today's environmental problems. Ausubel explores the political, cultural, and personal changes needed to chart a sustainable path forward, leaving readers delighted and hopeful.--Annie Leonard, author and host, The Story of Stuff; co-director, The Story of Stuff Project