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Funny and insightful, The Trouble with Paradise is a delightful romp through the

latest breakthroughs in science, psychology, popular culture and the evolution of

our species. Its aim is to help you thrive amongst the exciting yet alarming

developments of the 21st century. The Trouble with Paradise answers some of the

hardest questions posed by the biggest thinkers on earth, as well as offering

solutions to the toughest challenges of our time.

It is an intellectual tour de force as well as a gripping read that challenges our

deepest assumptions about life, the universe and everything.

At the same time, you will find a series of powerful arguments as to how our species

can break through the current crisis, to co-create a 21st century version of heaven on earth. Inspirational yet pragmatic, you will be taken on an entertaining journey from the edges of the Universe to the depths of the human psyche, to discover your own pathway to a thriving future.

Dr Robin Wood is an unusual blend of global thinker, entertainer, futurist, innovator

and change agent - an explorer of the far frontiers of technology, business, culture

and society.

Robin takes his readers on journeys of discovery through the critical

trends and possibilities that enable us to transform the future and realize our

brilliance as individuals, organizations and societies. He brings to life

his colorful adventures and insights gained from living and working in 35 countries

on four continents with business and world leaders, with his dry sense of humor and

sharp eye for detail.

Driven by his passion for information, transformation and beneficial globalization, Robin is a social entrepreneur who supports leaders on the path to sustainable, collaborative, inclusive capitalism through the ThriveAbility Foundation.

"And what is the “trouble with paradise”? As Robin summarizes it, it’s the very

nature of evolution to continually be unfolding to higher and more inclusive views,

and thus the present view, whatever it is and at whatever level, is always “true but

partial”—there’s always a “true,” or paradise, and always a “partial,” or


And the only cure to that is to get with the program itself, accepting this

“transcend and include” as the very nature of evolution itself, and thus to begin

moving in exactly the same direction, hence riding from paradise to paradise while

rejecting trouble after trouble—a grand adventure of continuous holistic wave


Take the following pages as in introduction to this “monumental leap in

meaning” that does, indeed, appear to be the face of the future for all of us."

Foreword by Ken Wilber - Bestselling author, founder of Integral Institute

“Robin Wood inspires as an evolutionary leader, gathering people, knowledge,

creativity, innovations, know-how, and new systems, bringing business genius to the

business of planetary evolution. Like a Medici of the 21st century he serves as a

catalyst for the next Renaissance for a new world, a “thriving global civilization on a

thriving planet.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard - Futurist & Author: “Conscious Evolution”

"Heaven is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and ‘a

new earth’ is its reflection in the physical realm."

Eckhart Tolle

Detailing some of the recent trouble in Paradise, whereby the author discovers

several varieties of Hell, while attempting to create his own small corner of Heaven

on Earth.

Along with an explanation of why evolution hurts mainly when we laugh, and how

we might mature as a species so that our emerging global civilization can thrive well

into the future.

And also, a brief explanation as to why though things have never looked so dark for

our biosphere and future generations, we will make it through to living in a

renewable-energy-powered, joyful civilization.

Intertwined with an enquiry into why we are so stressed out and frequently unhappy

when we have “never had it so good”. And why we struggle to find meaning and

purpose in life, while being better informed and educated than any generation,


And not to forget the most daring adventure of them all, the journey to the interior

of the multiverse, finding new answers to age old mysteries.

And, what one might do about that, exactly….

Processes of evolution, including variation and natural selection, niche creation and

co-evolution, even catastrophe and fluctuating rates of evolutionary change,

suggest that adaptation is usually imperfect, with abundant glitches that, as long as

they don’t constitute abject failures, usually continue to exist unless selection and

variation conspire to find a way to get rid of them.

Neuroanthropologist Greg Downey

Have you ever asked yourself one or more of these questions about life?

1. Who am I, and why am I here? How can I make sense of all the conflicting

religious, philosophical and self-help advice people seem so happy to


2. Am I more than mere chemistry conspiring to be human? Are there other

dimensions in the universe beyond my five senses?

3. What is the meaning of life? How can I realize my full potential while I'm


4. Why is there so much suffering and conflict on our planet? Why does

God/the Universe/whomever allow this to happen?

5. What is the "good" in all our newfound scientific, technological and material

progress and power? If we have never had it "so good", then why are we all

so stressed out?

6. Are we doomed by climate change and our negative environmental


7. What does it mean to live a good life? How can I find my "Bliss"?

8. What might a thriving world look like? What can I do to make the world a

better place?

9. Within these pages you will find a clear yet humorous investigation into each

of these big questions, which will take you at least halfway to coming up

with your own answers to make your life a joyful adventure. Enjoy!

Dr. Robin Lincoln Wood is

* founder and CEO of Embedding ThriveAbility

* Deputy chairman & General Manager of Ervin Laszlo Center of Advanced Studies

* Founder and President of Renaissance2


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