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Starhawk has stepped forward to help the 99 percent camped in the streets from Syria and Bahrain to New York and London. To have power one needs to discover the ultimate tools of power - the ability to build friendships and to focus group attention on shared goals. This book provides the real formula for empowerment, in earthy detail, from family to village to culture to global movement. - Albert Bates, author The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change and The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Change

It's not easy to meld a sweeping vision with practical steps on how to implement it, but Starhawk has succeeded brilliantly in The Empowerment Manual. Filled with case histories, illustrative stories, and, most importantly, clearly written exercises for honing your collaborative skills, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in building community and truly empowering themselves and others. — Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Strong, sustained leadership at the grassroots is more essential by the minute, given the failure of political and corporate power-holders to stop trashing our world. True social change is a collaborative art. Here's a trove of tips, guidelines, deft strategies and open secrets, that will speed and ease our capacity to work together. It comes to us with Starhawk's signature blend of vast experience, wit, and love for life.
— Joanna Macy, author, The Work that Reconnects and co-author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we're in Without Going Crazy

About the Author

StarHawk is the author of eleven books on earth based spirituality, Goddess religion, and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing , and the award-winning Webs of Power . A highly influential voice for global justice and the environment, Starhawk is deeply committed to bringing the creative power of spirituality to political activism. She also teaches Earth Activist Trainings, intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, political organizing, and earth-based spirituality. She writes for the Newsweek/Washington Post blog On Faith as well as her own blog, Dirt Worship. Her website is www.starhawk.org.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716971
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is well written, easy to use, and full of ideas for groups collaborating to accomplish something. I would absolutely recommend it to any group who has experienced frustration with the process of coming to agreement and getting things done.
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This book is exactly what I need, exactly when I need it. Being part of Transition Joshua Tree, I am suddenly forced out of my solitary life and must associate with groups of people. Because of this book, I am finding it shockingly easy to change my mind about being part of a group. That windbag who talks and talks? A couple of easy to understand facilitating techniques takes care of him. Meetings that never end? Not when you use the guidelines in this manual. I now craft an agenda, and have a timeline for each segment and the era of the never-ending meeting has come to an end.

Using the 4 Direction Mandala information has made me much more understanding of where the other people in the group are coming from and I can appreciate and use their strengths while filling in for their weaknesses.

A heartfelt thank you to Starhawk for sitting in a million hours of meetings so that I did not have to. Another thank you for figuring all of this out so that I didn't have to do it the hard way. Collaborative groups are the future, and I now have the tools to move forward into the future. David Zimmerman/Susan Jordan
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Extremely useful for cooperative group work; however my use of the exercises as written were deemed confusing by participants. We accomplished much using this system, but Starhawk isn't for every taste or group dynamic.
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Star hawk gives excellent advice on running meetings along with real world examples. However, in one group the biggest problems were settled by a professional arbiter. How I wish my group had one too!
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I have been struggling to understand why a group I belong to makes me want to walk away from it. I decided to take some time to figure out what exactly was bothering me about this group. Then I got to Chapter 5 of Starhawk's book and it was all there. A group with so much potential has terrifically horrible communication problems that cause a domino effect of conflict and other discord.

I still have a lot to think about with this group but now I can use the concepts from the book to decide whether to discuss the issues i see with the group.
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I liked this book because it collects in one place a lot of excellent information about creating and sustaining a healthy community. I am a member of a group that is involved in this process right now. I am ambivalent about the 'story' part of the book, and the story did make the book more interesting. Ms Starhawk uses her many years of experience in creating community as the foundation of this book. Recommended to anyone who wants a new model of community.
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This book is relevant to any group of people coming together for a common cause, whether it's in the work-place, a peaceful movement or activism. The catch in any realm of human interactions is human emotion and being triggered by each other. This is inevitable but workable. Starhawk beautifully articulates and even diagrams how to navigate these groups dynamics in a respectful manner for all involved. Don't pass this up, the next step in non-violent communication but taken to whole new level of appreciation.
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This is a great introduction to multiple social theories. I am enjoying the insights provided by Starhawk.
As someone who is part of a community that is trying to change the status quo on a small, local level, this title came to my attention in a timely way.
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