Dreaming the Future
Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature
Foreword by David Orr
This valuable book underscores that many of the solutions so desperately needed today have already been discovered by nature. In these challenging times, Kenny Ausubel has become a leader of leaders, blazing the trail so others can follow. He is a powerful voice for nature's undervalued ecological services—[reminding us] that nature has innate resources and solutions for solving the complexity of problems humans have created. Now is our time, and the world needs more voices like Kenny Ausubel's. Dreaming the Future is much more than a dream: this is a blueprint for survival.
—Paul Stamets, author, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Nautilus Gold Winner: Ecology/Environment
The world is entering a period of great change. The environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. All around, it seems, societies are experiencing breakdown—even collapse.
Out of this chaos, however, comes the opportunity to avoid a complete breakdown and instead foster a breakthrough. It is time, argues award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist, and filmmaker Kenny Ausubel, to reimagine our future and our connection to each other, and to nature.
In Dreaming the Future, Ausubel tracks the big ideas, metatrends, and game-changing developments of our time being led by some of the world’s greatest thinkers.
As more communities take the initiative to shape their own future and become more resilient, Ausubel shows how it’s possible to emerge from a world where corporations are citizens, the gap between rich and poor is cavernous, and biodiversity and the climate are under assault—and create a world where people take their cues from nature and focus on justice, equity, diversity, democracy, and peace.
Ausubel is a cofounder of Bioneers, an organization that serves as a hatchery and breeding ground for innovation—an organization that foreword author David W. Orr describes as “one part global salon . . . one part catalytic organization.”
In a similar catalyst fashion, Dreaming the Future offers readers engaging, and at times humorous, essays that even people steeped in the realities of a world gone wrong and the struggles to right it will find refreshing and provocative.