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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Daniel Pinchbeck
16 November 2020, 18:09
I just finished a short book / long essay, Conspiranoia: The Betrayed States of America. In it, I dive into conspiracy topics including the demonization of Bill Gates, the popularity of Qanon, the origins of the Coronavirus, and the anti-vax movement.
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
22 October 2020, 11:14
Daniel Pinchbeck
9 October 2020, 08:15
Here's an idea to consider: What if all of the various Trump threats to disrupt the election process - the assault on the post office, the Right Wing poll watchers, etcetera - are a smokescreen or a dodge, an act of intentional misdirection, to keep the populace and the mainstream media from discovering the most significant issue, which is the corruption of the electronic voting system itself?
Daniel Pinchbeck
24 August 2020, 16:23
We also have to realize ourselves, not as members of a county or self-interested clan, but catalytic agents of the biosphere itself, with a responsibility to protect and steward all forms of life (as indigenous people know). By evaluating our individual skills and talents objectively, we can discover how to apply ourselves to the mission of salvaging and redeeming our Earthly situation.
Katherine Lucy Sang likes
12 June 2020, 7:44
Daniel Pinchbeck
17 May 2020, 12:30
This system can’t continue for much longer. So what is the alternative and how do we get there? It would have to be some kind of anarcho-socialism, combined with the principles of the de-growth movement.
Daniel Pinchbeck
7 May 2020, 17:34
This Ecohustler article is the best essay I have found offering a comprehensive overview of our situation. Rory Spowers' systems design perspective integrates the many different elements of the crisis, which otherwise can seem overwhelming. The essay is long but please take the time to read it, particularly the actionable items he puts forth.
Katherine Lucy Sang commented and likes
22 April 2020, 14:10
Daniel Pinchbeck
21 April 2020, 21:33
I am seeing, all across my Facebook feed, people focused on the various Underworld aspects of this moment - the fear of vaccines, the question of whether Bill Gates is a super villain, the question of whether the virus was engineered and spread intentionally, worries about what is happening in the US. I have been guilty of falling under the spell of seeking to sort through all of these shards, hoping to find some clarity in the horror. Reading this, I feel more centered and hopeful.
Katherine Lucy Sang commented and likes
22 April 2020, 13:48
Daniel Pinchbeck
21 April 2020, 21:25
To Trump, our illnesses and deaths are a necessary cost of doing business
Katherine Lucy Sang commented and likes
07 April 2020, 12:02
Daniel Pinchbeck
7 April 2020, 10:49
Who, reading this, agrees that this is a reasonable and even necessary demand: That all non-essential parts of the industrial economy remain shut down, even once the pandemic curve flattens, so that human society reorients around, prepares for, and faces the ecological emergency together?
Katherine Lucy Sang commented and likes
06 April 2020, 5:52
Daniel Pinchbeck
2 April 2020, 14:10
It is time to seriously investigate how we could make a peaceful transition to a cooperative society. Currently we are experiencing an astonishingly rapid global economic collapse due to Coronavirus. At this point, all bets are off about the future of our political and economic system. Despite the hardships this is causing, it is a great thing. The pandemic will be a blessing if it redirects our path from where we were heading, which was assured ecological collapse and probably extinction.