The Eco-Futurist Version of Back to the Future

It’s All About What’s Possible

When I was invited to eco-futurist Guy Dauncey’s book presentation of ‘Journey to the Future’ at his home the timing was fantastic. As someone who loves to share great ideas, I just had to put it out there in all its simplicity in hopes that people could seriously start to ‘get it’.

In this ultimate of environmentally-friendly futures we get a peek into an alternate reality that is already in the making for those visionaries who know the word ‘possible’. Imagine Vancouver, BC in the year 2032 as a city brimming with innovative technologies that have leap-frogged far beyond fossil fuel dependency and dysfunctional politics to create a very functional ecotopian lifestyle with syntropy at its foundation.

I love brilliance and I even have some of my own, but here Guy encapsulates and incorporates working models from around the world with his own eco-know-how, and lets his imagination work to process a pictorial tale that everyone can relate to.

Vibrant Change Without the Shock

The changes that need to happen are not a shock to the system − far from it. They are simple shifts in our thinking that we make for ourselves rather than the ones our government imposes on us; our own choice to release ourselves from the stressful lifestyle that is guaranteed to worsen if we continue in this same manner.

Some solutions have a familial element in that communities of people are more vibrant because of the reduced sense of loneliness resulting from raised citizen camaraderie. Some are pure unbridled earthy creations with lush foliage woven into the architectural design of buildings, streets and cement walls − bringing us closer to nature’s restorative powers.

It’s no surprise the sun plays a big part in our quasi-realistic future, and with so many ways to harness that immense power we’ll be paying pennies per kilowatt. It only makes sense because the sun freely gives the energy away without the need for dams or generators − we have the technology and we need to expand our use of it.

Clear Direction Without Compromise

Driving home from his book presentation I sensed an ambiance of anticipation I hadn’t recalled since I left home and stepped out into the world on my own; a teenager with a mind full of wonder excited to be out in a great big beautiful world. The only difference now is a heightened vigilance in blocking the psycho-political dangers that would suck the life out of that big beautiful world, with me in it… and I’m not alone in my perspective.

It’s been very clear these past years that many minds are evolving into this self-organizing mode of thinking that allows us to troop together from our own initiative into a unified understanding in our need for a healthy planet. It’s as if the Earth itself is using its magnetism to get us feeling connected to it again and the cosmos is sending thoughts that are rich with ripe solutions to those who are open-minded enough to listen.

Review on Five Minds for the Future

In this book, Howard Gardner stresses on five minds that is fundamental for survival in the present digital era and century. As we live in a digital technological world and era, inculcating and cultivating the habits of using these minds are mandatory. The five minds in brief are:

  1. Disciplined Mind: For each one of us to successful in life, we need to focus on one or two disciplines to succeed. Or else we need to compromise doing menial tasks and to master discipline in one subject takes about 10 years. To develop this disciplined mind, one must consistently work on for long enough until he attains mastery in the discipline. In future, Gardner stresses that for each productive and successful individual, he must focus on one or two disciplines proficiently to thrive in the coming generation.
  2. Synthesizing Mind: is basically integrating one or more disciplines to take effective decisions and actions so as to succeed. Most leaders and presidents have to use this mind most of the time in their career.
  3. Creative Mind: involves thinking creatively and outside the box. This result in creative breakthrough, inventions, innovations etc. The author stresses that having creative mind alone helps you reach nowhere unless and until it is backed up by disciplined mind and synthesized mind. Or else creative mind is a total failure. Whatever one does creatively need to be practiced and mastered regularly and built into a skill in that particular discipline.
  4. Respectful Mind: is another word for tolerant mind. Cultivating respectful minds helps to celebrate the difference across opinions, view, judgments, religious views, castes, races etc. Here one needs to be respectful of each other across nations, groups and community
  5. Ethical Mind: is building of ethics, principles and moral values. Here religious values play a great role. Gardner also considers digital way of communicating especially the chat as unethical and stresses here one must be as ethical as possible with support of respectful mind.

This book is a book I would recommend to read not only for the educators but also for the people in all professions including management and leadership. The language is very easy to follow and Gardener had been very down to earth in putting his ideas across. This book is one of the best book I have ever read because I think most of us lack the five minds and we need to be sure to have these 5 minds as a means to live and thrive in the coming decades. I would personally give 5 stars to this book.