It’s not often that you get the chance to hear the author read excerpts from their book, but that was the case Tuesday as Dr. Bill Thomas discussed his latest novel, The Tribes of Eden. The lucky audience was attendees at the Pioneer Network 2012 National Conference. The book is set in the near future after the utter collapse of society. It introduces a new vision of old age to counter ageist views that hinder our efforts to improve care for older adults.
Dr. Thomas had a special message for the culture change group, stating that it is time for them to take the movement one step further. “We need to become agents of changing our wider culture.” He believes the novel can be conduit for this broader change. He challenged the group “to begin framing the work you do to the society as a whole”…it is time to combat declinist and ageist views that do not promote elderhood.
Dr. Thomas is the founder of The Eden Alternative and The Green House Project.