Rebecca Costa

American Sociobiologist, Author

Rebecca D. Costa is an American sociobiologist and futurist. She is a leading expert on “fast adaptation” in complex environments, and a recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award. Costa was the founder and CEO of one of the largest technology marketing firms in California, where she developed an extensive track record of introducing disruptive technologies. Her clients included industry innovators such as Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Oracle, Siebel Systems, 3M, and General Electric Company. Retiring at the zenith of her career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing the international bestseller The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse. The success of the book led to a weekly news program called The Costa Report, presently syndicated by the Genesis Communications Network and VoiceAmerica. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, and other leading publications. Owing to the growing need to respond more nimbly and rapidly to change, Costa is a popular international speaker. She is currently represented by the American Program Bureau. A global thinker in the mold of Alvin Toffler, Jared Diamond, and Thomas Friedman, Costa attributes her ability to see the “big picture” to her cross-cultural education and upbringing. Raised in Tokyo, Japan, during the Vietnam conflict, Costa is an alumnus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and currently lives in Astoria, Oregon. For more information, visit