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"A cliffhanger of a football novel bristling with social, personal, familial and ethical issues to complement the gridiron action.... All the goods for the sports enthusiast―and more."

"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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"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 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.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605097314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605097312
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have devoted most of my life to the quest for justice, the path has been beset by victory and loss, hope and frustration. I often find myself contending with a deep awareness that too many of us - including the radicals and do-gooders that I count among my friends - including my own self! All of us seem to be stuck in a paradigm that has reached a dead end. And yet it is all we know. And so we give our hearts and our passion, our energy and life force to a process that often seems doomed.

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.
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Sitting around fretting about the future of the human race is a favorite modern activity. Too many people, not enough food, climate change, not enough of this, too much of that. Most of the solutions being offered by development bankers, politicians, economists, and scientists merely shift problems from one place to another, postpone the day of reckoning, and/or create fragile interdependences that are certain to end badly, especially for the poor.

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."
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A pretty good read that is somewhat akin to the concepts in "Cultivating Communities of Practice" (http://www.amazon.com/Cultivating-Communities-Practice-Etienne-Wenger/dp/1578513308), putting them into narrative form. The authors write about their journeys to communities around the world - in places like Zimbabwe, India, and Mexico - and their experience with communities that are breaking the mold and finding their own creative, group-based solutions to problems. These people have "walked out" of the systems that aren't working and have "walked on" to help create their own future and solutions (thus the name of the book, "Walk Out, Walk On," a phrase that is actually used very sparsely in the book itself). The book contains actual pictures of the places/people talked about the authors try to paint a vivid picture of the communities they encounter. The point of the book is that these kinds of community-based, creative solutions come about organically and are not imposed or transplanted. The authors spend a good portion of the book criticizing the West for being a know-it-all and importing solutions into other countries and communities that have ended up causing more harm "e.g., the Green Revolution." Their point is argued very convincingly, but they use a pretty condescending tone (as other reviewers have noted) and don't seem to recognize that the communities about which they write represent the exception, not the rule. As many books tend to do, the authors write about fascinating exceptions and then create a whole new, over-arching mental framework for the rest of life from these exceptions.Read more ›
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