Welcome to Gaia’s Dreams. This book-in-progress concerns how we humans think about the future — and how that influences our path to achieving global sustainability.
NOTE: I am still building the “beta” version of this website. Some menu items may not have content. Please excuse the construction mess.
Gaia’s Dreams is also the third book in a trilogy that began with Believing Cassandra (1999, updated 2011). A bestseller when it came out, the book is still used in university courses. Cassandra, the prophet of ancient Greek myth, predicted the future. Believing Cassandra, the book, looked to the past: how we came to find ourselves with a global sustainability problem, despite the warnings of many scientific Cassandras; and what happens when we start to take those warnings seriously.
The second book, The Sustainability Transformation (2008, updated with a name change* in 2010), looks at the present: what we can do, now, as sustainability change agents. (When you are trying to make change happen, there is always, and only, Now.) The book also introduces theories, methods, ethics, and tools for sustainability. The Sustainability Transformation is also used in courses and training programs, and it also provides the background for my company’s Accelerator tools.
Gaia’s Dreams is best explained by its working subtitle: “How the way we think about the future determines our fate.” This work-in-progress is not a book of forecasts and visions and scenarios, but rather a book about them — how we create them, from the personal level to the global scale. How we relate to the fact that the future does not yet exist, but is always coming at us, relentlessly and unavoidably.
I started writing Gaia’s Dreams live, on this blog, back in 2009, based on ideas I started jotting down in 2008. Then I took a long break.
Now it is 2018, and I am writing again — or to be more precise, I am working on this project again. In the ten years since I started developing Gaia’s Dreams, the whole notion of what “book” means has changed.
So has “blog” — so this project aims to combine book, blog, and social media. On this website, I’m posting quotes, source notes, bits of draft text, interesting videos — “artifacts”, in modern parlance. (Thanks to Friederika May for the idea.)
I invite you to follow along. Send tips and comments and critiques. Participate. Remember, you have plenty of time.
There’s always the future.
— Alan AtKisson