First of all, I want to thank you so much for your continued support. It has really helped to give me the time and space to focus on my writing. In fact, working like a maniac over the last months, I have just finished a new book - the book I have been working on for the last eight years, since the publication of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.
Below, I have enclosed a description of the book (the one we are using with publishers). I hope to invite your engagement with the process, as I work on finishing the book and getting it out into the world. If you have ideas - or even if you are interested in helping with some remaining research tasks - please feel free to email me - [email protected] .
In How Soon Is Now?, Daniel outlines a strategy for how our civilization can rally and transform itself to confront the ecological crisis. According to many scientists, species extinction and runaway climate change threaten us with the possibility of a civilizational collapse, even our own extinction, in the short term. In this brilliantly written manifesto, Pinchbeck proposes that we can use aspects of our capitalist system, with its highly developed powers of manufacturing, marketing, and media, to engineer a transmutation from within - much like the metamorphosis from the caterpillar to the butterfly, within the cocoon.
The book draws on his personal experiences at Occupy Wall Street; with the comedian Russell Brand; during Hurricane Sandy; and at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, where he helped organize a summit on climate change last spring. He also writes about Burning Man and the cutting-edge of psychedelic exploration, a subject that has gained increasing mainstream attention since the 2002 release of his book, Breaking Open the Head.
Daniel draws upon many thinkers, including the design scientist Buckminster Fuller. Fuller thought humanity faced a choice: either we use resources efficiently, and redesign our society to give everyone on Earth a decent life, or we fail together and annihilate ourselves. Daniel agrees with Fuller that we must choose between “utopia or oblivion.” He sees the ecological crisis as an initiatory process for humanity that will force us to awaken to our inherent solidarity as a species. We must shift from our sense of separate identities and become aware of ourselves as one unified being - a planetary super organism, in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s ecology as a whole.