Sophie Cunningham: Still Shocking
People hate dealing with change. Alvin Toffler’s 1971 Future Shock outlined humanity’s failure to adapt. Does it still apply in a world where even the climate is changing?
Sophie Cunningham asks how we as a society and as individuals perceive - and sometimes deny - change.
She questions what makes humans dangerously reluctant to acknowledge a crisis, and what the potential consequences of our failure to adapt may be. And she explores how we might regain a grip on agency in the face of confronting truths.
Sophie Cunningham is the author of five books, the most recent of which is City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death & the Need for a Forest. She is a former publisher, former editor of Meanjin, former Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was a co-founder of The Stella Prize. She is an Adjunct Professor with RMIT's Non/fiction lab.