Welcome to Gaia’s Dreams. This website was intended to be the public record of the writing of my next book. The theme: how humans think about the future, and how our way of thinking influences the path to global sustainability.
This website, and this book, are now both on hold.
Gaia’s Dreams was intended to be 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.
In 2018, I began again — or to be more precise, I began working on this project again. In the ten years since I started developing Gaia’s Dreams, the whole notion of what “book” means had changed.
So had “blog” — so this project aimed to combine book, blog, and social media. On this website, I was posting quotes, source notes, bits of draft text, interesting videos — “artifacts”, in modern parlance. (Thanks to Friederika May for the idea.)
I invited readers to follow along. You can still send tips and comments and critiques via the links. Maybe I’ll eventually get back to this project.
There’s always time … in the future.
— Alan AtKisson