About Us

 

We believe that we can live in harmony with the Earth’s biosphere. We believe in the possibility of a regenerative culture, and we offer ideas and tools for creating it.

We promote impactful thinking and action, and we seek to empower a new generation of planetary stewards—because the time to change the world is now.

 

The World Is In Our Hands


Every one of our actions has the power to shape the planet.

But as renowned inventor and visionary Buckminster Fuller noted, ‘Spaceship Earth’ did not come with an instruction manual. In order to truly understand the complex and dynamic nature of evolving life on this planet, as well as the role of human creativity within that matrix, we must explore the unknown, wild frontiers of knowledge, and we must do so with a rigorous intellect and a playful spirit.

Toward the end of exploring applicable knowledge that balances technology and the natural world, we publish books and spread ideas that focus on sustainability, creative expression, humanism, environmental science, and psychedelics.

 

Our Story


Synergetic Press is a fiercely independent publisher with offices in Santa Fe, New Mexico and London, England. We’ve published paradigm-shifting texts for over thirty years.

The founders and staff of Synergetic Press are pioneers in the field of biospheric and environmental sciences, and our enterprise is steeped in a rich tradition of experimental collaboration in the arts and sciences that spans nearly four decades.

Our authors are leading thinkers, visionaries, and cultural creatives that are dedicated to building a sustainable planetary culture.

Here’s a small selection of our offerings…

 

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Our community is fueled by innovative knowledge for regenerating people and planet.

 


Who’s Who

Deborah Parrish Snyder
Publisher, CEO

 

Deborah has been the publisher of Synergetic Press since 1984, publishing over 40 books on the environment, Deborah Parrish Snyderethnobotany, psychedelics, consciousness, cultural anthropology, vanguard fiction and poetry. In 1989 she founded and directed the Biosphere Press publishing division for the Biosphere 2 project, set-up its educational programs department, and produced over twenty books, video and educational curriculum titles in the start-up years (1990-1994).

She also serves as Executive Vice-President of Global Ecotechnics Corporation, an international project development and management company and a Director of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a non-profit ecological thinktank, helping to manage a number of the international conferences it has hosts on global trends and in the field of closed ecological systems. She is also a Trustee of the London based October Gallery, showcasing transvangard artists from around the world.

Omar Fayed, FRSA
Chairman

Chairman of Synergetic Press, a Fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics and cofounder of Living Green City, a company whose aim is to facilitate and forwardly organize transitions for major cities towards eco-friendlier futures by producing and promoting green infrastructure initiatives. Following a decade of education and work in finance, fashion, sport, health, wellness and hospitality, aviation and real estate, Omar shifted his focus towards endeavors that work in ways to harmonize significant advancements in economics and industry, with comprehensive ecological and ethical considerations.

He designed and founded the Synergy House in London, a mixed-purpose regeneration project that seeks to encourage initiatives sharing a vision and values of harmonious ways-of-life in cities, ones that facilitate significant cultural, artistic and scientific exchange as well as ethical and innovative business practices.

He also serves as a Director of Biotecture, a company which designs, supplies, installs and maintains green infrastructure. The company’s vision is to transform urban architecture for the well-being of people and the planet. Omar, based in London, continues to serve as a director on boards of a number of family related enterprises.).

Michael Gosney
Associate Publisher

San Francisco based, Michael Gosney’s role is in planning and execution of marketing and sales initiatives and overall strategic planning for the company’s publishing program, distribution and partnership development.

In addition to having founded independent publishing houses Avant Books and Microtrend in the early 1980s, Michael is a pioneer in digital media publishing.  In the late 1980s and early 90s, he produed groundbreaking desktop publishing and multimedia products including the first multimedia CD-ROM and the first fully interactive book/CD-ROM packages in partnership with firms such as Apple Computer, Kodak, Toshiba, Peter Norton, GTE, and Microsoft. He is an expert in multimedia design, online media delivery, interactive content development  and social media marketing.

In parallel to his work in technology, Gosney has produced many influential books and events on the shift to sustainability, and has served on the board of architect Paolo Soleri’s ecocity research project Arcosanti since 1995. In 2002, Gosney co-founded the Green Century Institute in San Francisco as an information clearinghouse on sustainable community solutions, which has provided consulting and advisory services, and produced a wide range of events and workgroups, including the San Francisco Green Cities Expo at UNEP World Environment Day in June 2005, several Earth Day Digital Be-In events with Paul Hawken, Janine Benyus and other sustainable culture and green technology leaders, and many specialized salons and workshops. Since 2010 Gosney has produced and co-produced several leading events on medical marijuana and hemp.

Gosney produced the talk radio podcast Eco Evolution for 2 years with leaders and visionaries on the frontier of eco-evolutionary change. His 2013 TEDx Talk, “Designing the Control Panel for Spaceship Earth” provides background on the shared vision of Information and Communications Technologies facilitating an evolutionary shift and the genesis of his Techné Verde ICT research  project in partnership with the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Linda Sperling
Editor


Linda Sperling is a native New Yorker. Graduating summa cum laude from Queens College – CUNY in art history, she is a widely experienced editor, having worked for: Worldwide Books as a bibliographer, as a production editor at McGraw Hill in trade art, fiction and biographies, as a translator of German language art books for Frederick Praeger, Inc., and as managing editor at Oberon Press. She was a highly successful technical writer in the fragrance and flavor industry and edited a series of petroleum engineering textbooks for Prentice Hall before coming to Synergetic Press

 

Joelle Smolarski
Associate Editor and Writer

joellecropJoelle writes articles and other materials related to the ideas and publications of Synergetic Press, as well as providing proofreading and editorial services. Joelle started working as an editor in 2009 at Mahidol University in Thailand and then at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, focusing on projects related to the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages.

Joelle has a wide-ranging span of research interests, which she pursued at Tulane University with a double major in Philosophy and International Development with minors in Psychology and History. In graduate school, she designed her own Master’s program in Cognitive Science, combining aspects from the fields of Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience and Linguistics to delve deeper into understanding the mind.

She currently lives at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she teaches Kundalini Yoga and has been cultivating a passion for cacao. While basing herself in Guatemala, she also travels to different community settings around the planet to explore world cultures, go on adventures and come to a fuller experience of the self.

Joelle began working with Synergetic Press through the Internship Program.

20160719_122653Maggie Zavgren
Outreach and Communications Intern

Maggie is a communications and outreach intern at Synergetic Press and a student at Bard College in New York, where she studies English literature, written arts, and experimental humanities. Her focuses include English Romanticism, human consciousness theory, the occult, British early Modernism, and the philosophy of language. Before joining the Synergetic Press team Maggie was a cellist, ski racer, pilgrim, sheep breeder, organic farmer, baker, soup business owner, poetry editor, solar car builder, and a weaver. She is a co-founder of Lang and Mungo, an experimental rap duo inspired by the theories of the Deconstruction movement, and serves as an editor for Bard Papers, a Bard College on-campus publication.

For more information about our Internship Program, click here.

Mitch Mignano
Contributing Editor, Special Events

Mitch Mignano is a writer, researcher, editor and workshop organizer who splits his time between Santa Fe and New York City. After finishing graduate school, Mitch teamed-up with psychedelic author Daniel Pinchbeck to begin working with the Evolver social network, Reality Sandwich online magazine and North Atlantic Books. Through this activity, he came in contact with John Allen (inventor of Biosphere II) and Deborah Snyder, discovering a deep calling to take on a directorial role with regards to John Allen’s archival material(inventor of Biosphere II) and to help bring the message of Synergetic Press and it’s authors to a wider audience through blogging and workshop events.

Prior to working in publishing, Mitch studied psychology at the University of Texas before attending the Owen Barfield School in New York, where he emphasized the subjects of cultural history and philosophy, performing a substantial research masters on the transformational potency of festival culture under the supervision of esteemed mentors William Irwin Thompson and Arthur Zajonc. For the last decade, in addition to other work, Mitch has continued to research and write about the topic of transforming and emerging cultures while attending the Burning Man event and participating in associated communities and events around the United States and parts of Europe. With this oscillation between the grass roots festival communities and scholarly circles, such as the Lindisfarne Fellows Meeting, Mitch brings a myriad of professional connections, as well as an experiential and interdisciplinary knowledge set to the Synergetic team

 

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