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The essays in this collection reflect his thoughts and proposals on a wide variety of topics related to this general goal, ranging from the Gaia theory of Earth as a self-regulating system, to the ecological effects of medical technology, the similarity of modern politics and organized crime, and the difficulty of organizing grassroots resistance against corporate exploitation. Many of these pieces have been published previously over the last decade on websites like The Huffington Post and Alternet.org. They are, however, still highly relevant, and the book is a convenient, readable, and informative corpus of Ausubel's work. His breezy, fast-paced writing style and his in-depth knowledge of environmental and political issues will inspire readers who share his values and his belief in the importance of shaping human behavior for the sake of environmental sustainability. A list of bibliographic sources for each essay provides guidance for readers who wish to do further research, but there are no footnotes for specific factual statements, which may limit the book's ability to persuade skeptical readers.



"Without doubt, Kenny Ausubel has one of the most glorious minds on the planet. Herein he has crafted a dazzling treasury of essays on the destiny of humanity and its place on earth, a rosary of startling truths. His ability to describe the cataclysmic loss of living systems contrasted with the luminous and untold rise of human awakening is unique among living writers and speakers. Read this for its brilliance, but read it also to find joy in the intricate reimagination of what it means to be a human being at this parlous moment in civilization."--Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest; co-author, Natural Capitalism



"Kenny Ausubel is one of the planet's key people, a kind of hub for the new ideas that will, if we're smart, shape our future. He delivers them with the... brio and confidence that will help people overcome their fear and get to work!"--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth; founder of 350.org



"Dreaming the Future proposes a path forward that is both profoundly radical and full of common sense. An excellent read for everyone who wants to build a better future-and for those looking to supplement the many dry technical tomes about today's environmental problems. Ausubel explores the political, cultural, and personal changes needed to chart a sustainable path forward, leaving readers delighted and hopeful.--Annie Leonard, author and host, The Story of Stuff; co-director, The Story of Stuff Project



"A brilliant new look at what it is to be human on a living planet. Kenny Ausubel has devoted his life to creating organizations that dream a new future. In this marvelous book he shares his vision in eloquent words that inspire us to take action. Read, enjoy, dream--and act!--John Perkins, author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked



"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

About the Author

Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is co-CEO and cofounder of Bioneers, a nonprofit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. Ausubel launched the celebrated annual Bioneers Conference in 1990 with his Bioneers cofounder and wife, Nina Simons, and serves as executive producer of the Bioneers plenary series airing on Free Speech TV and Link TV. He acted as a central advisor to Leonardo DiCaprio's feature documentary The 11th Hour, and appears in the film. He also cofounded Seeds of Change--purveyors of organic, biodiverse heirloom seeds.

In addition to Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature (2012), Ausubel has written three books--When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies (2000); The Bioneers: Declarations of Interdependence (1995) and Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure (1994).

He also founded and operates Inner Tan Productions, a feature film development company, has written two screenplays, and has also produced several documentary films about alternative medicine.

Kenny has served as executive producer and principal writer of the award-winning radio series Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature, heard in more than 200 communities across the U.S. and Canada, and more globally--reaching 70 million listeners worldwide.

He lives in the mountains outside Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and their two dogs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; First Edition edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603584595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603584593
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. McKinney on October 9, 2012
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I recently finished reading Dreaming the Future and it has been a constant companion these past few weeks. The colletion of essays flow so well from one to another, yet each one also stands alone for reading at opportune moments during travel and amidst our busy and fragmented daily lives. It's not only a companion, it's essential reading for gaining a view of the landscape of hope that lies ahead. When reading about the magnitude of challenges we face in the world today, it's essential to also see and be shown the possibilities, to hear about and know what is working, to feel inspired to contribute and to feel invited to join the community of changemakers in our world. Dreaming the Future is the invitation to action. It's the welcome sign to enter the door of engagement. It's the inspiration we all need to keep forging a future together that is sustainable and just. Kenny shows us, with incredible wit and with compelling examples, the issues we need to know about, the people who are involved and the organizations that are driving the potential for creating a better world. And who better to show us that world than the co-founder of Bioneers, the preeminent environmental and social justice organization that over the past 25 years has become a hub and vibrant community of people leading the changes that are so desparately needed in our world. You don't want to miss the annual conference in San Rafael, California this October 18-21st. It is THE place to enter the landscape of hope and meet with others. Dreaming the Future is a great gift for friends and would be a perfect stocking stuffer or even a special table gift for family and friends this Thanksgiving! You'll love this book and will want to keep picking it up to go from one essay to the next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Finnus on November 14, 2012
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This book is a must read for those who are concerned with what is going on in our world, with the many assaults on all fronts by big money - big wall st, agra, defense, pharma, energy, etc. You know who, the greedy, "lets-extract-every-last-dollar-out-of-our-resources-damn-the-cost-and-the-consequences-to-the-environment-or-for-that-matter-anyone-else" crowd. Clearly and thoughtfully written and with an extremely positive outlook. If I had one book to choose from among those I've read in the last year, this would be #1 or #2 (along with The Global Forest).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pristine Madness on October 22, 2012
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I found the book to be everything important to me and therefore, the present world. (No narcissism here.) It was like the years of hearing your opening speeches at the conference. I felt literally high and blessed and grateful to know you and all those that create the climate where these thoughts can be manifest. Your book is the primer, the template of what you and Nina set out to do almost twenty years ago with Bioneers. I'm so proud to be a part of LA Bioneers. It brings back the ancient idea in modern concepts that you can't separate science and soul; we are all connected and love, gratitude and articulate smart people is the currency whereby we can prevail in a failing ecosystem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Wells on October 13, 2012
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Kenny Ausubel's book is my new bible. As soon as I finished it I had to read it again. Although it provides a realistic look at what is to come, it didn't leave me with a feeling of overwhelming gloom. It contains a profound sense of hope and possibilities. It makes me feel excited to be alive at this time, to, hopefully, be a witness to how humans will translate lessons learned from the natural world into ways to save this beautiful planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.C. Julie on February 11, 2013
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The author conveys a lot of alarming information (particularly about environmental problems) but also some breathtakingly brilliant efforts at restoration and recovery. My only disappointment is that I have read some (a lot?) of this previously on the Bioneers website, but I guess having it in book form is handier than getting it off the website.

If you are not a scientist, you will probably wish you were one after reading this--I wish I could go out and try a lot of these ideas myself. This book is about people who actually ARE part of the solution
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By Nikki S. on October 8, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Kenny Ausubel is an excellent writer and makes complex environmental issues easy for everyone to understand and does it with charm and insight.
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