Daniel Pinchbeck

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"Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books, 2002), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2002). He is co-founder of Evolver llc, which publishes Reality Sandwich (www.realitysandwich.com), the leading web magazine for transformative culture, and Evolver.net (www.evolver.net), the network that supports the Evolver Social Movement. His feature articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, The Village Voice, ArtForum, Esquire, and many other publications. His column, ”Prophet Motive“, appears monthly in Dazed & Confused magazine. Pinchbeck is featured in 2012: Time for Change, a documentary directed by Joao Amorim, which he also co-produced." [1] His father, Peter Pinchbeck, was an abstract painter, and his mother, the writer Joyce Johnson, was a member of the Beat Generation and dated Jack Kerouac as On the Road hit the bestseller lists in 1957 (chronicled in Johnson's bestselling book, Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir). wiki

In August 2013, Pinchbeck became the host of Mind Shift, a new talk show, filmed in New York City, produced by Gaiam TV.


"...I brought Ken Jordan on board. Ken was one of my closest friends. He worked in publishing (following in the footsteps of his father, Fred Jordan, publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review), but didn’t like the increasingly corporate, cookie-cutter direction that publishing had taken. I suggested that he seek a job in the then-emergent web world and introduced him to friends of mine launching SonicNet, a music website, eventually bought by MTV. Later on, Ken joined up with PlaNetwork, a non-profit think tank, started by West Coast visionaries Jim Fournier and Elizabeth Thompson, to look at ways that Internet tools could be used to advance progressive goals. Ken wrote a major PlaNetwork paper on the concept of the Augmented Social Network, the ASN. ... Ken was able to get CivicActions to build the platform for Reality Sandwich in exchange for some equity in our company." [1]



  • What Comes After Money? Essays from Reality Sandwich on Transforming Currency and Community, Edited by Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan. In this anthology of essays drawn from the popular web magazine Reality Sandwich, 20 visionary thinkers explore the roots of the modern economic crisis and propose diverse solutions: instituting local currencies; creating reputation or gift economies (based on historical and contemporary); introducing spirituality into the equation; and many more. Contributors include economist Bernard Leitaer, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, musician Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), theoretical physicist Amit Goswami, Larry Harvey (founder of Burning Man), and Peter Lamborn Wilson (a.k.a. Hakim Bey). [2]
  • Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (1st ed.). New York: Broadway Books, 2002. Philosophically influenced by the work of anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner [3]
  • Jeff Koons Andy Warhol: Flowers. Essay by Daniel Pinchbeck. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2002.
  • 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2006. book details the psi or extra-sensory perception research of Dean Radin, the theories of Terence McKenna, the phenomena of crop circles, and a visit to calendar reform advocate José Argüelles.
  • Pinchbeck, Daniel; Jordan, Ken, eds. Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2009.
  • Notes from the Edge Times. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2010.


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  1. Club of Budapest Daniel Pinchbeck, organizational web page, accessed May 10, 2012.
  2. Reality Sandwich aBOUT, organizational web page, accessed October 26, 2013.
  3. Great Mystery Faculty, organizational web page, accessed December 17, 2013.