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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 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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We may never have another chance like this one


Let's focus our time and energies on the path forward out of this broken system and suicidal paradigm now, as we may never have another chance like this one

We know that the authoritarian ruling regimes are using the pandemic, as best they can, to further their agendas. This includes dissolution of civil liberties and use of the Government's emergency powers to provide more funding for corporations and Wall Street (the parasitical financial services industry). However we also see that the Capitalist machine has been at least temporarily stopped in its tracks. It is not clear if it will be possible to simply re-start the world economy as it was. It may need something like a re-set. In fact, this is what Left Wing and ecological activist movements have been demanding for decades. So the crisis presents a tremendous opportunity for the alternative to emerge. How can that opportunity be seized? 

We know that, no matter what we do now, in a few short years humanity will be in a similar global "fight for our lives" due to the ecological emergency. It is impossible to give an exact timeframe for this. It could be sooner than we imagine. It could be one, two, three, five, or seven years away. In fact, we are already in a very critical situation when it comes to the ecological health of the planet, and some believe that it is already too late to avert civilizational collapse or even our extinction as a species. We do know that by the time it becomes an immediate existential threat for the developed world, as the virus is today, it will be too late to avert catastrophic breakdown. 

Europe was 1.4 degrees Celsius warmer last winter than ever before. This is a massive jump. We are seeing rapid annihilations of forests and tropical forests, including the Amazon which is the heart of the Earth's hydrological system. We are seeing horrific declines in insect populations. We are seeing massive fires burning down the forests in South America, Canada, Indonesia, Australia (with a billon animals dead), and the US. Each of those fires accelerates warming as it removes our "carbon sinks." We are seeing a collapse of the world's coral reefs and an emptying out of the oceans. We are witnessing unbelievably rapid changes to the Arctic. 

We can therefore say with absolute certainty that our best - perhaps our only - hope for our future is that industrial civilization does not go back to normal once we "flatten the curve." We must extend this global time-out until we figure out how we can move, as a unified planetary community, into a regenerative social system. What this would mean is that, even as the immediate crisis abates, we only reactivate essential production and economic activity. We stop buying unneeded consumer goods, stop tourism, stop eating meat as much as possible, stop jet-setting to international conferences and festivals, and so on. 

We then have to present a shared demand on the part of humanity... I admit I don't know how to do this. I realize humanity is not a "unified planetary organism" at this time. Most people are just trying to get by in the current system, pay their rent and debts. They don't have the luxury to think about the larger perspective, even about climate change and mass extinction, etc. Also there is such a huge disparity in quality of life between the wealthy and the poor, as the pandemic has also revealed. When "sacrifices" are required, they tend to be brutal for the poor and not so bad for the rich. Perhaps, if we agree on the agenda, we can envision a way to spread the message effectively. (Think "six degrees of separation").

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?

Let's say by some miracle, something like this happened. Then what do we do next? 

I love the idea, put forth by Extinction Rebellion, of a Global Citizen's Assembly. This could be held virtually. Let's envision that an open-source blockchain-based voting system could be built quickly that would allow everyone on Earth to participate directly and continuously. (Yes I know there are people without access to digital tools - it is a real issue but let's table that concern for now). Obviously we see with Facebook that we can have billions of people on one platform, so it is possible to envision something like a collective virtual dashboard designed to serve humanity in making a leap forward. 

Perhaps this Assembly could be orchestrated dramatically, like a court case, where you would have the randomly chosen Citizen's Assembly as a Jury (with everyone else able to vote and contribute in real time), while the case for and against a rapid transition to a regenerative society was made by movement leaders (Greta T etc), economists, and scientists. Then the global community votes, in real time, on how we accomplish this. For instance, we will need many millions of people to focus on restoring soil, healing local ecosystems, local food sovereignty, etc. How does this get funded? What kinds of systemic changes must be made to the economic system so that essential work is supported and destructive acts are stopped? 

I believe the progressive community needs to rally around a plan - best would be one single shared initiative - to lead us beyond the current political and economic system and establish a tangible new system. Here is one proposal for how we do this - even in a few months, potentially, we could do this.

I know that many people have their own ideas and proposals. Please put them in the comments. They could all be proposed to this Citizen's Assembly or global direct democracy forum. 

Let's focus our time and energies on the path forward out of this broken system and suicidal paradigm now, as we may never have another chance like this one. If this idea doesn't tickle your pickle, please propose a better one.


Read Campfire's report on the UK parliament's first Peoples Assembly organised by XR in October 2019

Brett Hennig convened Campfire's first Peoples Assembly at Campout 2019. 

More about Citizens Assemblies

My Campfire blogs

New Doughnut Economics models from Kate Raworth




Katherine Lucy Sang

From passive recipients to active participants. Active listening takes us on a journey closer to life, our empathy is at the heart of humanity. 

Gia's empirical question.


Julene Siddique

Daniel! I couldn't agree more! I would love to talk to you and/or start a group of people wanting systemic change. That's the main area I'm involved in. I'm working on a project to re-architect social and societal systems. It includes systemic innovation (strategic systemic innovations), developing critical and radical communities and working with experts in systems particular focus is how to change the music industry (so that music can become politically engaged as well as arts-health practices have a vehicle) and I also work with people making awesome efforts to change the media industry (to end the manufacture of consent)...

Are you aware of Peter Joseph - he just wrote a book on 'Re-inventing the economy to end oppression' - he's starting a structuralist movement. You seem in line with the structuralists - that we won't get genuine social progress until we have structural change and the fundamental re-architecting of society...

What do you think? Shall we make a discussion group here on Campfire? For structural change and cultivating new eco-systems...I'm happy to help out with that...


Julene Siddique

Where is the citizen assembly and the global direct democracy forum?

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