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
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
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."
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
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
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