i. Acknowledgements and Contributors
To the day that Humanity walks with humility, connection and great heart amongst the Wild again, and that little inch of each of us that knows there is a story more sublime, more dignified, more glorious, than numbers.
Recognising and celebrating our interconnection and interdependency with all of life is a prominent theme of this book, so I ought to start by saying thank you to some of those who don’t get much appreciation in The Age of The Machine. To the algae and the trees for filling my lungs full of fresh air, the soil for the nourishment it gives me each day, the Sun for both its warmth and its reflection on our planet’s waterbodies, whom themselves deserve thanks for hydrating me so generously and for gifting me innumerable swims. To the earthworms for digging, the bees for pollinating, and the bluebells for bluebelling. Instead of writing words they’ll never read and which will be of little use to them if not acted upon, the best way I can acknowledge their unquantifiable contribution to my life and this work is to defend and protect their health to the fullest of my ability from this day forth, something I haven’t done a very good job of up to now.
There are a number of humans that have made invaluable gifts of their time, thoughts and talents to this book, too. Top of that list are Jess Pasteiner and Shaun Chamberlin. Jess, thank you for reminding me that life is a wonderful adventure, for loving me unconditionally and for wanting to share your life with me. Not to mention the small matter of your marvellous work on this book. I love you. Shaun, you’re a brother to me and I cannot thank you enough for the days you spent going through each line painstakingly. Most importantly, for your friendship. On top of that, I want to say a heartfelt thanks to Tom Smith and Zoe Wangler, for your feedback, support and growing friendship.
I want to say a special thanks to the inspirational Maddy and Tim Harland (and the rest of the team) at Permanent Publications for their courage, integrity and enthusiasm in bringing this book into the world in the way they have. I hope their bravery will inspire other publishers to follow suit. Most of all, thank you for your friendship. A huge thanks to Jacob Stow for his fantastic work and generosity designing the accompanying website for this book, to Dan Knowlson at Lightbeing Creations for very kindly offering to host it for free, and to James Light for making such a wonderful film in the spirit of the book.
Then there are those who weren’t directly involved in creating this book, but whose influence has had an invaluable impact on my life. Mum and Dad, I will never be able to thank you enough for your unconditional love and support throughout my life. To Mari, I’ll always hold you very dear in my heart, you’re a beautiful spirit. To Fergus, it is a pleasure just knowing your feet are gravitated to the same planet as mine. To Adeline, I wish you all the courage in the world for your journey, and thank you for all your care, kindness and mousse over the last year. And to others such as Dawn, Chris, Suzie, Markus and Paradox, thank you for the time we’ve spent together. To my oldest friends: Marty, Stephen, Fergie, Bernard, Hoey, Ronnie, Paddy and the rest of the crew for the lifetime of friendship. To my sister Jean and all her family. My community – near and far – thank you for your support.
If I have forgotten anyone I shouldn’t have, sue me for a pint of cider the next time I see you.
THANKS TO THE CONTRIBUTORS
I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to David Holmgren, Charles Eisenstein, Martin Crawford, Zoe Hawes, Charles Dowding, Fergus Drennan, Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, Kath Kelly, Jess Pasteiner, Chris Johnstone, Dave Hamilton, Andy Hamilton, Steph Hafferty, Nicky Scott, Ross Mountney, Malcolm Handoll, Will Lord and Richard Andersen for contributing your time, energy and knowledge to this book, and especially for the many years of graft and study that enabled you to be able to make such valuable contributions to begin with. The results of your labours are a huge benefit to us all and they will prove essential to whatever type of economy comes next.