Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of by Kenny Ausubel, David W. Ore

By Kenny Ausubel, David W. Ore

Author note: ahead by means of David W. Ore
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Few could deny that we're coming into a interval of serious switch. our surroundings is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. throughout, it sort of feels, we're experiencing breakdown. yet out of this chaos comes the chance for breakthrough-the chance to reimagine our future.

In Dreaming the Future, Kenny Ausubel leads us into that attainable new international and introduces us to the thinkers and doers who are-sometimes quietly, occasionally not-leading what he calls "a revolution from the center of nature and the human heart."

In a suite of brief, witty, poignant, even funny essays, Ausubel tracks the large principles, rising tendencies, and game-changing advancements of our time. He courses us via our watershed second, displaying how it's attainable to emerge from an international the place organizations are voters, the distance among wealthy and terrible is cavernous, and biodiversity and the weather are lower than attack and create a global the place we take our cues from nature and concentrate on justice, fairness, range, democracy, and peace.

Even these steeped within the realities of a global long past mistaken and efforts to correct it's going to locate clean, even excellent, views in Dreaming the Future. it's going to come as no shock to readers that Ausubel is cofounder of Bioneers-which foreword writer David W. Orr describes as "one half worldwide salon...one half catalytic organization."

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I can read them when I get home,” Michelle said. “Nope,” I said. ” Sport that she is, Michelle grabbed the papers, cleared her throat, and began to read. Two results came of all this: First, Michelle decided that she didn’t want to buy fur anymore because she actually has the biggest heart known to humankind and because we are nowhere near so different on the inside as we seem on the outside. Second—and here’s the point of the story—I showed myself to be a smug little jerk. I had mobilized my intellectual and persuasive resources to get someone else to change her behavior, and remained, I saw, utterly complacent about my own.

Michelle was a Daily Candy girl, a Marc Jacobs white Stella handbag girl, a kind of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw grows up, gets married, and has a baby girl. On the other hand, call me a pussy, but I felt bad every time I saw one of those raccoons or possums with their guts spilled out on the Palisades Parkway. I also felt bad for little animals getting killed for nothing but their skins. Yet I managed to exempt, back then, my leather shoes from my concern that humanity puts vanity before kindness to animals.

Was it possible to live environmentally in our modern culture? Would it seem so unappealing that no one would follow my lead? Would I be making myself into a freak? Or would what I was doing have some real value? I didn’t just want to have no carbon impact. I wanted to have no environmental impact. I was not talking about taking easy environmental half-measures, by the way. I was not talking about just using energy-saving fluorescent lightbulbs or being a diligent recycler. My idea was to go as far as possible and try to maintain as close to no net environmental impact as I could.

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