Planetary Initiation with Daniel Pinchbeck/ Show: 10AM
About the event
The Planetary Initiation conference will explore solutions to the crises afflicting our world today. We will seek a deeper understanding that encompasses our personal development within the larger processes now underway. The United States is currently in a turbulent and dangerous place - but the situation is the logical and perhaps the inevitable outcome of long-term trends in our society. Underlying the chaos, we face an ecological crisis that threatens our future. We must address it, for the sake of our children and generations to follow.
We will explore coherent, practical, actionable strategies. We know from history that the actions of small groups of dedicated people can bring about great transformations. We have a moral responsibility to confront what has been unleashed.
We find ourselves at a point where the ecological crisis keeps getting worse, beyond the projections of scientists from even a few years ago. At the same time, our political and financial systems, designed for an earlier time, seem on the verge of disintegrating. While this can seem frightening, it is also a great opportunity. Now is the perfect time for new myths, strategies, visionary initiatives, collective actions, and global movements to emerge. We can embrace this time as a planetary initiation - a global awakening.
For indigenous cultures, the physical world that we experience has a direct relationship to our level of inner development. Much of the New Age spirituality of the last decades was focused on inner work and healing, but neglected our responsibility toward our human family as well as the larger community of life. Now we have the opportunity to take another step, connecting our personal development to the needs of the collective.
Each individual has a unique set of skills and qualities. Each of us has the capacity to apply our talents and resources in service to our human family and the community of life. “Planetary Initiation” will provide tools for understanding the systemic issues confronting us, build community support, and help us come together toward a common goal.
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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, features 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.
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. I was executive director of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki.
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 speak 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. My podcast, How Soon Is Now?, is on iTunes.