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Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now Paperback – April 11, 2011
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"If there is any hope for us, it lies in rediscovering and recreating community. Do not doubt this is possible. Read Walk Out Walk On and see for yourself--and see your self." (Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipl) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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--Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline and coauthor of Presence and The Necessary Revolution
"Exuberant and galvanizing, this book takes us to where the future is happening--not in the corridors of power but at the grassroots where a 'trans-local' movement is unleashing human creativity and smarts."
--Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
"This book gives insight and beauty to what is becoming the new, new world--an intimate journey with communities and citizens cre- ating a future with their own hearts, hands, and relationships."
--Peter Block, author of Community and coauthor of The Abundant Community
Margaret Wheatley was cofounder and president of The Berkana Institute; Deborah Frieze succeeded her. Berkana partners with people developing healthy and resilient communities worldwide, many of whom are described in this book. Margaret is the author of five other books, including Leadership and the New Science and Perseverance.
Top Customer Reviews
I have had the privilege of participating in some of the learning journeys beautifully described in this Frieze and Wheatley book. I can honestly tell you that they bring us as close as we can get to the experience without actually being there. What is beautiful about the book is that it brings the reader to that place of hope and upheaval that one experiences on a learning journey. We get to witness phenomenally hopeful responses to injustice and despair. Bold, autonomous, real walk outs from a system that is broken.
The reader is filled with a sense of deep human solidarity, a sense of pride in what these people can accomplish, a sense of hope in our shared capacity to walk out and walk on to something better, something new and something that is fundamentally good. But this does not happen without being beset by the nagging questions of scale, the questions of where is policy change? Where is the state? Isn't all of this just quaint - cute, beautiful but exceptional - irreplicable. We have to come up against the core assumptions of the dominant approach. And if you are a do-gooder, you have to come up against the core assumptions of your own approach.
It is not an easy process, and the conclusion is not forgone.Read more ›
High-tech "silver bullets", like miraculous new sources of energy, won't solve the problems. Even if we do manage to create such new technologies, they are all too likely to perpetuate the status quo wherein the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and indigenous people lose their land.
Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley have boldly created a window into something different.
Read this book to hear inspiring stories about people who step forward, people who are personally invested in the problems being solved and who work together; and about communities that exchange ideas with other communities as peers, rather than having short-sighted non-solutions handed down to them from a distance.
Using these stories as a starting point, Walk Out Walk On captures insights about change better than anything else I've read. It is like going on your own learning journey, with these two very wise guides.
I hope that by reading this book, others will be inspired, and the gears of change will start turning.
As the Zapatistas say: "Otro mundo es posible."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well-written and compelling look at what's actually possible when you're willing to "begin somewhere..."Published 1 month ago by Ellen R. Jacobs
Very interesting book. Great to learn about a new approach to creating an economy and society that works for everyone.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very insightfull and a lot of the stories are mirroring my own journey right now so I definetly felt a connection.Published 2 months ago by Alex N.
As a senior citizen looking for involvement in community building at the local and international level, I found this book inspiring and actionable!
Bravo to all involved.
The authors document a very refreshing and inspiring approach to solving social and survival problems across diverse cultures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by IRS Library
The book is a well-written and insightful journey to Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Greece and the United States. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John E. Wade II
Changed my ideas about how change can happen in a much more liveable world. Highly recommended.Published 16 months ago by M. Mitchell