Palden Jenkins, born 1950, is a polymath thinker with interests in world history, geopolitics, social development and matters of the spirit.
A realistic visionary, he bridges that strange, uncomfortable gulf that yawns between mainstream views and alternative perspectives, and between the majority world and the rich world.
He has worked as an event organiser and community leader, a counsellor and adviser, book editor, researcher, teacher, webmaster, archaeologist and humanitarian aid worker (Middle East and Africa).
He has written ten books and a number of big public resource websites.
Palden started thinking about the future when studying social sciences at the London School of Economics in 1968-71. After this he entered a period of deep questioning and soul-searching following the partial failure of the summer of love and the student revolutions of the time, in which he was involved.
He has developed his ideas ever since then through a long involvement in social, civic and aid projects, publishing and the movement for change.
Palden grew up in Cardiff and Liverpool, later living in Sweden and then in Glastonbury, UK. He now lives on an organic farm in West Penwith, Cornwall, UK. He has three daughters, one son and six grandchildren.
Some people might reject his viewpoint owing to his involvement in subjects outside the boundaries of convention, yet over the years he has watched these boundaries shift as accepted ideas move closer to where he and people like him stand. History takes time to unfold.
This said, he would not lay claim to getting everything right, since evolving reality is greater and quirkier than any of us can encompass, no matter what our status, qualifications, experience or authority.
We all need to do our bit toward creating a future we feel okay about leaving to our descendants. Because we are their ancestors and currently the matter lies in our hands.
Many thanks to the following, who have been supportive while this report was being shaped:
None of them are responsible for the contents of the report.
And, indirectly, without their really knowing it:
Abebe Zewdu in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Anim al-Housseini, living in the desert in Mali
The Issa family in Bethlehem, Palestine
The Flying Squad, the Nine and the Lamas
Families in Britain and Sweden
People, animals and wildlife on our farm