Daniel Pinchbeck
@Pinchbeck / Trailblazer member

BIOGRAPHY

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
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.
Pete Lawrence and commented or likes
02 April 2020, 13:32
Daniel Pinchbeck
28 March 2020, 11:00
I really wish people would use this incredible pause or time-out we have right now for building a new movement that is founded on ecological and humanitarian principles, based on the best ideas floating around now, including UBI, regenerative economy, renewable energy, and universal medical care. I think moving to a regenerative system would be the core proposition and rallying cry of this new movement. This will require a massive change in our financial paradigm, a new way of measuring value...
Pete Lawrence and likes
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?