I screwed up in my last book

Rebecca Ryan, APF
May 18 · 2 min read

A few years ago, I wrote a book called ReGeneration. The premise is that America goes through seasons. Each season lasts 20–25 years and the complete cycle takes 80–100 years.

It felt like an important book to help Americans make sense of “winter” — the economic and social dumpster fire we were going through — and to remind us, “Hey, we’ve been in winter three other times. We can do this.”

But I made a mistake.

I wrote that our most recent winter started in 2001, with September 11. So we’d be “done” by 2020. But I was wrong. Winter didn’t really start until the full blown economic collapse in 2009. This means that we won’t be “done” with winter until around 2030.

On one hand, this sucks. It means we have ten more years of this partisan, divisive, dysfunctional ninnying. On the other hand, thank God. It means we have ten more years to restructure, to choose and elect different solutions and leaders that can help us rebuild a better future.

I’m especially sorry to my fans who supported the book and to those of you who have been breathing deeply just trying to get to 2020. Please hit me up if you want to talk more about this: email rr at rebecca ryan dot com or tweet to @ngcrebecca.

And here’s a free PDF of the original book without the cover. Just sub “2030” for “2020” and you’re all set.

P.S. I write a personal note to newsletter subscribers every couple of weeks. Sign up. Read a sample.

Rebecca Ryan, APF

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Passionate about better futures. Futurist, economist, Zen student. This is where I workshop my ideas. Also: http://eepurl.com/cWJno9 and rebeccaryan.com.

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