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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 10, 2007
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In his new book, Paul Hawken, noted environmentalist, businessman, writer, tech entrepreneur, and organizational/cultural theorist, makes a compelling case that the disparate movements for ecological restoration and social justice are merging into "the largest movement in the World." The book provides a fascinating overview of how this massive movement has no precedence and is different from previous social movements particularly with respect to ideology. This movement has no name, center or a leader. It is organic, self-organized, and made up of millions of people committed to making the world a better place.
One of my favorite passages is early on in the book when asked if he is pessimistic or optimistic about the world, the author says, "if you look at the science that describes what is happening on earth today and aren't pessimistic, you don't have the current data. If you meet the people in this unnamed movement and aren't optimistic, you haven't got a heart." This to me aptly summarizes what the book is about. I found the book uplifting as it is about optimism and a story of what's going right on our planet.
The book and the companion website project called WiserEarth ([...] a major undertaking and achievement. Thank you Mr. Hawken!
Here is the briefest possible overview:
Organizing to improve conditions for others is a relatively new phenomenon, dating back only to the anti-slavery movement. But despite that recent beginning, self-organized efforts are growing exponentially to improve conditions for the poor, indigenous people, and endangered people and species. These activities are likened to the massive, redundant, and intelligent responses involved in the human immune system. The concepts behind these efforts link back to Emerson and Thoreau, Darwin, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Sir James Lovelock, and most recently Jared Diamond. The current exponents of those concepts are people who are scientifically and emotionally concerned by lasting damage that's occurring . . . and are well educated, responsible citizen advocates.
Contrast is drawn by describing the implications of the current momentum behind global free markets, reduced regulation of major companies, and the rapid extinction of common resources we all need. You'll find out about appalling examples of harm being created.
Paul Hawken has an impressive way of selecting his examples and drawing his points out of them. My favorite story involves running a workshop at a chemical company where Mr.Read more ›
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Honestly, this work should be a MUST READ for all human beings, no matter race, color or creed! Why? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pizzo
Another great read from Hawken! every small business owner and small town leader should have this in their personal library!Published 15 months ago by Robena D. Robinett
Awesome job at recognizing the inherent inter subjectivity of the environmental crisis with the socioeconomic state and racism. Love this perspective/information.Published 17 months ago by p proctor
This book is a great antidote to the nightly news. Putting together environmental, social justice and indigenous movements local grassroots efforts is a great way to see through... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nancy P. Greenleaf
Lump all the volunteer non-profits together and it's a huge sector. With some promoting globalization, but reflecting on Hawken's claim that diversity is better. Keep it local. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James G. Domke
This book is such a Revelation! The way Paul Hawken writes is almost poetic. I actually bought the kindle version, realized that I since I bought the kindle version I could... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Matthew T John