With beautifully crafted words and exuberant watercolor illustrations, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty offers a poetic and empowering message for world peace. Recognizing we are right on the edge of destroying ourselves,” this modern allegory inspires taking joyful steps to end violence. It expands upon the idea that we are all in the circle together,” and presents a timeless parable for readers of all ages. The Haiku-like text delivers a call to make a new earth grow beneath our feet.”
This twentieth-anniversary full-color edition, with a new foreword by Desmond Tutu, is dedicated to Fukushima recovery in the face of world climate crises. All royalties will be donated to community resiliency across boundaries and antinuclear advocacy.
Anne Herbert is an American writer and past assistant editor of CoEvolution Quarterly, precursor to the Whole Earth Review. She is known for coining the phrase, "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty."
Margaret Paloma Pavel is an editor, performance artist, educator, fiber artist, and filmmaker. She is president of Earth House of Oakland, California, co-founder of Breakthrough Communities, and editor of the 2009 book with that title. She has worked in Japan over twenty-five years with the Web of Life network.
Mayumi Oda is a global activist and revered artist known as the Matisse of Japan. She has illustrated the books of Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist) and exhibited over fifty one-woman shows throughout the world.