MEET MATTHEW STEIN! AUTHOR OF WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS AND WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
Bestselling author, engineer, designer, and green builder, Mat Stein was born and raised in Burlington Vermont. His parents started him walking on skis at age three, hiking at age 5, backpacking at age seven, hunting at age 10, rock climbing and extreme skiing at age 11. The Green Mountains of Vermont, White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Adirondack’s of upstate New York were his four-season childhood playgrounds. Mat is a National Merit Scholar, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, and reci
pient of the “Straight T Award,” MIT’s highest athletic honor. In 1978, the lure of the “real mountains” of the west drew Mat across the country to California.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” + Charles Darwin When Technology Fails is a book about our future. On the one hand, it is about preparing for possible future instabilities and failures in technology and the central services that we have come to rely upon for our daily sustenance and commerce. On the other hand, it is about awakening to the fact that we are all occupants of a fragile planetary ecosystem that is showing severe signs of strain from expanding global population and the business-as-usual ideal of continuously increasing consumption. When Technology Fails is a clear, useable, practical handbook. It provides basic information and instructions on widely ranging subjects falling under the loose guidelines of self-reliance, a sustainable future for our planet, and primitive living skills that could come in handy if you should someday find your self and family deprived of modern conveniences. Since one single book couldn’t possibly provide in-depth coverage for all of the relevant subjects, each chapter includes a resource guide to the best applicable literature, web sites and sources for materials. In today’s world of global warming, super-storms, record breaking floods, severe droughts, antiquated and overloaded electrical distribution systems, it is likely that most of us will see significant disruptions in the flow of electricity and goods at some point in our lives. An old Chinese saying asks, “Is it not already too late if one waits until one is thirsty to begin digging a well?” This saying applies equally at both the personal and planetary levels.