The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World

The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World

by John Michael Greer
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The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World by John Michael Greer

“[ John Michael ] Greer ’s work is nothing short of brilliant. He has the multidisciplinary smarts to deeply understand our human dilemma as we stand on the verge of the inevitable collapse of industrialism. And he wields uncommon writing skills, making his diagnosis and prescription entertaining, illuminating, and practically informative. Not to be missed.”— Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute and author of Peak Everything

“There is a great deal of conventional wisdom about our collective ecological crisis out there in books.  The enormous virtue of John Michael Greer’ s work is that his wisdom is never conventional, but profound and imaginative.  There’s no one who makes me think harder, and  The Ecotechnic Future pushes Greer’s vision, and our thought processes in important directions.” — Sharon Astyk, farmer, blogger, and author of Depletion and Abundance  and A Nation of Farmers  

“In The Ecotechnic Future, John Michael Greer dispels our fantasies of a tidy, controlled transition from industrial society to a post-industrial milieu. The process will be ragged and rugged and will not invariably constitute an evolutionary leap for the human species. It will, however, offer myriad opportunities to create a society that bolsters complex technology which at the same time maintains a sustainable interaction with the ecosystem. Greer brilliantly inspires us to integrate the two in our thinking and to construct local communities which concretely exemplify this comprehensive vision.” — Carolyn Baker, author of Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse , and publisher/editor, Speaking Truth to Power

In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world—not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base.

Fusing human ecology and history, this book challenges assumptions held by mainstream and alternative thinkers about the evolution of human societies. Human societies, like ecosystems, evolve in complex and unpredictable ways, making it futile to try to impose rigid ideological forms on the patterns of evolutionary change. Instead, social change must explore many pathways over which we have no control. The troubling and exhilarating prospect of an open-ended future, he proposes, requires dissensus—a deliberate acceptance of radical diversity that widens the range of potential approaches to infinity.

Written in three parts, the book places the present crisis of the industrial world in its historical and ecological context in part one; part two explores the toolkit for the Ecotechnic Age; and part three opens a door to the complexity of future visions.

For anyone concerned about peak oil and the future of industrial society, this book provides a solid analysis of how we got to where we are and offers a practical toolkit to prepare for the future.

John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener, and scholar of ecological history. He blogs at The Archdruid Report   (, and is the author of The Long Descent .

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ISBN-13: 9780865716391
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener and scholar of ecological history. His widely-cited blog, The Archdruid Report, deals with peak oil. He is the author of The Long Descent and lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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dbfarland More than 1 year ago
Youcan get so fixated by the doomosphere that you seem to have an excuse to do nothing. This book, which is really pretty positive as TEOTWAWKI stuff goes, got me off my butt several times on first reading. Not a survivalist tract. Genuinely a helpful guide to moving on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago