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Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century Paperback – March 1, 2008
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The primary challenge, I think, of those who seek to change the world is to figure out a way of garnering a critical mass of like-minded individuals and then implementing the change on a large enough scale to make a difference.
It seems a bit of a watershed was reached this past summer, vis-a-vis environmental awareness, with the cinematic release of Al Gore's doc "An Inconvenient Truth (AIT)" and various reports on climate change out of the EU and the UN. The book Worldchanging fits in well as a follow-up to AIT for people who are only now realizing that biosphere-threatening problems exist in the world - ecological, social, economic and cultural. As a pre-emptive strike against the masses being overwhelmed and simply escaping into their Starbucks addiction (or perhaps as simply a shot in the arm), the folks at the Worldchanging blog site have compiled a large collection of specific ideas and initiatives garnered from around the world .
The idea is great and for the purposes of an introduction to a host of topics which could fall under the slippery rubric of "sustainable development" in a manner accessible to the general public, this book is probably a good choice. I haven't come across any other book which so captures the variety of topics in an intellectually accessible way. It's a bit like a (non-comprehensive and very brief) encyclopedia which could capture the imagination of teens and adults seeking exposure to local/global issues and cultures who haven't had the opportunity to gather information from sources other then mainstream press.Read more ›
Worldchanging is a users guide and the starting point needed to begin millions (hopefully billions) of important conversations. It is filled with what we need most: straightforward, bite-sized summaries, directives and how-to instructions on most of the topics that we humans desperately need to know about in order to drive positive change. From under-reported successes in urban areas and environmental movements across the progressive spectrum to alternative energy solutions and simple facts and figures about the millennia we face, it carries the reader through the full intellectual and emotional spectrum.
I read about 25% of it in the first sitting and finished it the following day. Its rare that I am inspired, educated and empowered with specific tools for action in one sitting. My head was spinning and my eyes hurting but my spirits were quite lifted. I couldn't believe how much I did NOT know about each of the subjects.
And perhaps therein lies the essential value of Worldchanging: it equips ordinary individuals with information and resources to take immediate, meaningful and impacting action in their lives and on behalf of organizations.
That's the website. I'm pleased to say the book carries on the tradition splendidly!
At 600 pages, it carries a wealth of information grouped into several sections ranging from how we use 'stuff' through to how we can better plan cities and dwellings, through to social interactions and politics and ultimately, providing good custodianship of the planet.
Just as important as the content is the presentation. The topics this book covers are far too important to risk doing badly, and they have not been. Sagmeister has done a great job of laying out the information in an easily navigable form. Book and website have interacted: the book takes its two column layout from the site's blog style, and the site has recently been redesigned to match the organisation of the book.
Even more important than presentation is the spirit of presentation. Weighty (and potentially chilling) topics such as global warming are pitched with enthusiasm and are interspersed with lighter pieces and good humour. After all, a civilisation that can come up with a 3D chocolate fabricator (p 95) can't be all bad!? Far from it!
That spirit is infectious, and it needs to be. The website format allowed (and still allows) for a lively discussion of each article.Read more ›
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