Daniel Pinchbeck
@Pinchbeck / Trailblazer member


Male, , birthday 15th June
Joined October 2018

I am 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). My new book, How Soon Is Now, comes out in Februrary, 2017. Featuring a preface from Sting and an introduction from Russell Brand, How Soon Is Now? looks at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a "blueprint for the future" - how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

According to author John Perkins, "Daniel Pinchbeck’s life is the hero’s journey. Like Homer’s Odyssey, How Soon Is Now is a song of redemption for a world torn apart by the monsters of our own creation. We’ve dreamed a world that is consuming itself into extinction. Pinchbeck offers us a new dream and in doing so takes us on a powerful, magical voyage into balance and sanity." Please join the HyLo forum to discuss the ideas presented in this book, and take action around them.

I was executive director of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki. My 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 and many other publications. I have written columns for Conscious Living and Dazed & Confused.

My life and work were featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. Amorim and I also produced a series of short animated films, PostModernTimes.

In 2007, I launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and co-founded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Phillips. Evolver includes Evolver Learning Labs, our webinar platform, and The Alchemist's Kitchen, a retail and event space in downtown Manhattan. I edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, with North Atlantic Books, publishing Charles Eisenstein's Sacred Economics and Jose Arguelles' Manifesto for the Noosphere, among other books.

I have been a speaker at conferences around the world. These have included DazedFest in London, Horizons in New York, Breaking Convention in London, Distortion in Copenhagen, La Callaca TedX in San Miguel del Allende, the World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, and Summit Series in Utah. I also give talks at many festivals, such as Burning Man, Boom in Portugal, Ozora in Hungary, Rainbow Serpent in Australia, and Lightning in a Bottle in California. I have been interviewed by The Colbert Report, Coast to Coast AM, The History Channel, Whitley Strieber’s Unknown Country, BrandX with Russell Brand, Interview Magazine, Purple, and many other places.

I have written introductions for books including The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts, and Rainforest Medicine by Jonathan Miller Weisberger and Kathy Glass. I have written catalogs for art exhibitions including a show of Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol at the Gagosian Gallery in New York.

I hosted a talk show, Mind Shift, on GaiamTV, exploring the evolution of technology and spirituality, and our potential for the future. I have co-hosted retreats to Costa Rica, with the Secoya, tribal people from the Amazon in Ecuador, and Colombia, with the Kogi and Aruak people. Please email me or join the mailing list for information on this, and other events.


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07 January 2020, 23:30
Daniel Pinchbeck
7 January 2020, 16:30
What’s the point anymore in over-working, sacrificing, waiting patiently for some reward that is supposed to come many years or decades from today? When we accept the radical impermanence and fragility of this world, the only thing that makes sense is to become more authentic, to open our hearts wider, extending toward love, forgiveness, and freedom. Embracing extinction, in other words, can bring about a realization — a kind of awakening — that renews our relationship to the world.
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
21 January 2019, 3:53
Daniel Pinchbeck
20 January 2019, 19:31
"Neo-spiritual" culture is better than the mainstream culture, but I sense that too much of this stuff actually becomes something that really isn't "spiritual" at all. A kind of narcissism? A sophisticated form of entertainment? The current movement to force governments to orchestrate a mass climate mobilization provides a great opportunity to discover if one's spirituality is truly authentic or just a kind of phoney badge of membership in an elite club. Are you truly at peace?
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
09 January 2019, 10:12
Daniel Pinchbeck
2 January 2019, 15:33
I personally feel this is our last chance as a species - the hour is much later than most people realize. If we act now, we can potentially create a unifying global movement that will lead to a far more equitable, just, and participatory society as we redesign our civilization for a future that, I suspect, could be amazing beyond any of our dreams or current imaginings.
Daniel Pinchbeck
30 December 2018, 23:32
In this post, I am going to attack the idea - more or less sacrosanct across my entire network - that there is anything beneficial or valuable about most travel, particularly tourism (whether intentional, “spiritual,” or not), but also most forms of business travel.these forms of travel have become, for the most part, self-serving indulgences that the Earth can no longer support. 
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
19 December 2018, 0:53
Daniel Pinchbeck
15 December 2018, 10:49
He represents a kind of rot that has infected the public consciousness of this society to an extreme degree and which will keep growing until it has killed everything in its path, unless we find the antidote. 
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
18 December 2018, 10:31
Daniel Pinchbeck
16 November 2018, 07:41
I would be willing to live like an ascetic monk in the city - give up air travel, all personal excesses, anything that adds to the Earth’s burden - if I was part of a unified movement that was doing the same. The basis of this movement would have to be love, unity, and commitment to a sane, shared future. I believe I would relish participating in such a change, if the greater human community stood with me.
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
29 November 2018, 13:20
Daniel Pinchbeck
11 November 2018, 20:38
The choice is not between collectively undertaking a profound transformation of society or continuing business as usual. The choice is between undertaking a profound transformation of society or our extinction as a species - the end of all our dreams as well as our children’s hopes. 
Daniel Pinchbeck
24 October 2018, 13:02
I wonder how this growing capacity for social behavior control orchestrated via surveillance and ratings systems will mesh with the ecological emergency?  What is humanity's eventual destiny? To unite as a "harmonised collective," a noosphere or to be subsumed by technocratic totalitarianism?
Katherine Lucy Sang and commented or likes
16 October 2018, 15:38
Daniel Pinchbeck
15 October 2018, 22:43
Since reading the IPCC report, I have been unable to shake off a feeling of sorrow and personal responsibility. It is only by remembering what many shamanic journeys unerringly revealed - the world is a dream we are dreaming as it dreams us - that I can come back to the peaceful center to let go of grief and failure. At the same time, I renew my commitment to find the way through the labyrinth.