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Coming May 17: Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken, one of the world's most influential environmentalists, reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity in Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming (Viking). Please note: This event will be held at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $5, are available at the Bagdad Theater box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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One of the world's most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity.

Blessed Unrest tells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media. Hawken, an environmentalist and author, has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person causes, these organizations collectively comprise the largest movement on earth. This is a movement that has no name, leader, or location, but is in every city, town, and culture. It is organizing from the bottom up and is emerging as an extraordinary and creative expression of people's needs worldwide.

Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of this movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries-old history. The culmination of Hawken's many years of leadership in these fields, it will inspire, surprise, and delight anyone who is worried about the direction the modern world is headed. Blessed Unrest is a description of humanity's collective genius and the unstoppable movement to re-imagine our relationship to the environment and one another. Like Hawken's previous books, Blessed Unrest will become a classic in its field — a touchstone for anyone concerned about our future.

Review:

"Blessed Unrest is exciting, compelling, and very important....Paul Hawken states eloquently all that I believe so passionately to be true — that there is inherent goodness at the heart of our humanity, that collectively we can — and are — changing the world. Please read and share Blessed Unrest, a celebration of the awakening of the human spirit. It will inspire and encourage millions more to take action." Jane Goodall, UN Ambassador for Peace

Review:

"If you have lost a sense of direction in your life, if despair dogs your every step, pick up a pencil and pick up this book. Paul Hawken, without a trace of self-importance, impales a very dark room on the beam of a very bright light here. In his hands, the civil society movement reveals itself as the action that has replaced the talk." Barry Lopez, author of Resistance and Arctic Dreams

Review:

"This is the first full account of the real news of our time, and it's exactly the opposite of the official account. The movers and shakers on our planet aren't the billionaires and the generals — they are the incredible numbers of people around the world filled with love for neighbor and for the earth who are resisting, remaking, restoring, renewing, revitalizing. This powerful and lovely book is their story — our story — and it's high time someone's told it. Nothing you read for years to come will fill you with more hope and more determination." Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

Review:

"Blessed Unrest is a beautiful, soulful, crucial book. It is a manifesto of hope for the 21st century grounded squarely in the hearts of engaged people around the planet. Paul Hawken chronicles and testifies on behalf of this 'movement with no name' with his charismatic intelligence and insight. This book makes the invisible visible. I believe Hawken when he says we are part of the Earth's immune system each time we exercise our active compassion in the name of social justice and ecological health. I love this book. It is a field guide for all that is possible." Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy

Review:

"Many books describe the world in ways that break our hearts. Blessed Unrest invokes a heartbreak from which light pours. Paul Hawken is stupendously well informed. He is also critical without rancor, intuitive without woo woo, and poetic or hard-minded as the case requires. His narrative flows from a harrowing litany of 'free market' abuses and desecrations to the countless life-saving actions and organizations that now envelope the earth in response. This is a work of enormous love and consequence. Every compassion-driven soul who reads it will be stunned by the scope and power of the movement we've inadvertently formed. When, inevitably, my daughters someday feels their hearts broken by the wounded world they have inherited, I will be handing them this and a precious few other books." David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and God Laughs & Plays

Review:

"For the first time since life evolved, one species is now altering the physical, chemical, and biological features of the planet on a geological scale. Scientists tell us of a litany of ecological disasters — climate change, toxic pollution, species extinction, marine depletion, deforestation — the depressing list can paralyze one with hopelessness and despair. Fear can motivate immediate action in the short-run, but hope can be sustained. Paul Hawken's writings are always at the cutting edge of environmental thought, original, surprising and shot through with optimism. Blessed Unrest is an uplifting perspective, engendering wonder and hope. For all of us that are squirreling away in our individual small ways, it is inspiring to realize that millions of us can add up to an irresistible force. Read this book and shout 'Hallelujah!'" David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance

Review:

"Paul Hawken is at the top of his storytelling art in Blessed Unrest. By revealing the twin heart of the environmental and social justice movements, he helps us know ourselves in a new way — as competent members of the natural world, intent on recovering from our stumble as a species. Each page yields surprise and 'of course!' recognition for what has been swelling beneath our collective ground for over 100 years. I read it in a single sitting, hungry for the next piece of the puzzle, the next 6-degrees-of-separation coincidence. Hawken makes these invisible truths obvious through impeccably researched tales told in the bell-clear prose of a statesman poet. In this chronicle of the groundswell with no name, we have found our Tocqueville, our Twain, and our Sinclair." Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry

Review:

"On one side the four horsemen of the apocalypse; on the other a vast and nameless uprising of peoples and organizations fighting for justice, places, communities, diversity, and health — the planetary immune system. Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest is not just a good book, it is a necessary book, wise, eloquent, perceptive, sober, and timely but above all, hopeful. A landmark!" David Orr, author Design on the Edge and The Last Refuge

Review:

"Paul Hawken has written an important and significant book — intelligent, compelling, moving, and hopeful. In the broad sweep of a history of diffuse and seemingly unconnected events and people, he has found emergent pattern. That pattern, amazing simultaneously in its intricacy and simplicity, gives clarity to the direction humankind is moving in its struggle for survival. Read and regain a sense of optimism for our grandchildren's grandchildren; and be motivated to ensure that they inherit a restored earth and an equitable society." Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface and author of Mid-Course Correction

Review:

"What the Apollo missions did for Earth, allowing us to see her for the first time entire, Paul Hawken is doing for us with this nameless, century-shaping movement of ours. It's way bigger than we imagined. And way more powerful." John Elkington, Executive Director of SustainAbility

Review:

"In the midst of the last century's happy delusions, Paul Hawken courageously revealed the hardest truth: we are in grave ecological peril. In the midst of today's growing environmental fear and anxiety, his latest book reveals the most hopeful truth: an extraordinary capacity to meet these challenges is growing up everywhere. Sometimes the present is as obscure as the future. Thankfully, the human family has Paul Hawken — blessed with the gift to clearly see both." Van Jones, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Synopsis:

One of the world's most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity.

About the Author

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and bestselling author of six previous books. He is the architect and leading proponent of reform with respect to ecological practices. He currently operates a nonprofit organization.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429532587
Publisher:
Viking
Subject:
Science : Earth Sciences - General
Author:
Hawken, Paul
Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Product details pages Viking - English 9781429532587 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Blessed Unrest is exciting, compelling, and very important....Paul Hawken states eloquently all that I believe so passionately to be true — that there is inherent goodness at the heart of our humanity, that collectively we can — and are — changing the world. Please read and share Blessed Unrest, a celebration of the awakening of the human spirit. It will inspire and encourage millions more to take action."
"Review" by , "If you have lost a sense of direction in your life, if despair dogs your every step, pick up a pencil and pick up this book. Paul Hawken, without a trace of self-importance, impales a very dark room on the beam of a very bright light here. In his hands, the civil society movement reveals itself as the action that has replaced the talk."
"Review" by , "This is the first full account of the real news of our time, and it's exactly the opposite of the official account. The movers and shakers on our planet aren't the billionaires and the generals — they are the incredible numbers of people around the world filled with love for neighbor and for the earth who are resisting, remaking, restoring, renewing, revitalizing. This powerful and lovely book is their story — our story — and it's high time someone's told it. Nothing you read for years to come will fill you with more hope and more determination."
"Review" by , "Blessed Unrest is a beautiful, soulful, crucial book. It is a manifesto of hope for the 21st century grounded squarely in the hearts of engaged people around the planet. Paul Hawken chronicles and testifies on behalf of this 'movement with no name' with his charismatic intelligence and insight. This book makes the invisible visible. I believe Hawken when he says we are part of the Earth's immune system each time we exercise our active compassion in the name of social justice and ecological health. I love this book. It is a field guide for all that is possible."
"Review" by , "Many books describe the world in ways that break our hearts. Blessed Unrest invokes a heartbreak from which light pours. Paul Hawken is stupendously well informed. He is also critical without rancor, intuitive without woo woo, and poetic or hard-minded as the case requires. His narrative flows from a harrowing litany of 'free market' abuses and desecrations to the countless life-saving actions and organizations that now envelope the earth in response. This is a work of enormous love and consequence. Every compassion-driven soul who reads it will be stunned by the scope and power of the movement we've inadvertently formed. When, inevitably, my daughters someday feels their hearts broken by the wounded world they have inherited, I will be handing them this and a precious few other books."
"Review" by , "For the first time since life evolved, one species is now altering the physical, chemical, and biological features of the planet on a geological scale. Scientists tell us of a litany of ecological disasters — climate change, toxic pollution, species extinction, marine depletion, deforestation — the depressing list can paralyze one with hopelessness and despair. Fear can motivate immediate action in the short-run, but hope can be sustained. Paul Hawken's writings are always at the cutting edge of environmental thought, original, surprising and shot through with optimism. Blessed Unrest is an uplifting perspective, engendering wonder and hope. For all of us that are squirreling away in our individual small ways, it is inspiring to realize that millions of us can add up to an irresistible force. Read this book and shout 'Hallelujah!'"
"Review" by , "Paul Hawken is at the top of his storytelling art in Blessed Unrest. By revealing the twin heart of the environmental and social justice movements, he helps us know ourselves in a new way — as competent members of the natural world, intent on recovering from our stumble as a species. Each page yields surprise and 'of course!' recognition for what has been swelling beneath our collective ground for over 100 years. I read it in a single sitting, hungry for the next piece of the puzzle, the next 6-degrees-of-separation coincidence. Hawken makes these invisible truths obvious through impeccably researched tales told in the bell-clear prose of a statesman poet. In this chronicle of the groundswell with no name, we have found our Tocqueville, our Twain, and our Sinclair."
"Review" by , "On one side the four horsemen of the apocalypse; on the other a vast and nameless uprising of peoples and organizations fighting for justice, places, communities, diversity, and health — the planetary immune system. Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest is not just a good book, it is a necessary book, wise, eloquent, perceptive, sober, and timely but above all, hopeful. A landmark!"
"Review" by , "Paul Hawken has written an important and significant book — intelligent, compelling, moving, and hopeful. In the broad sweep of a history of diffuse and seemingly unconnected events and people, he has found emergent pattern. That pattern, amazing simultaneously in its intricacy and simplicity, gives clarity to the direction humankind is moving in its struggle for survival. Read and regain a sense of optimism for our grandchildren's grandchildren; and be motivated to ensure that they inherit a restored earth and an equitable society."
"Review" by , "What the Apollo missions did for Earth, allowing us to see her for the first time entire, Paul Hawken is doing for us with this nameless, century-shaping movement of ours. It's way bigger than we imagined. And way more powerful."
"Review" by , "In the midst of the last century's happy delusions, Paul Hawken courageously revealed the hardest truth: we are in grave ecological peril. In the midst of today's growing environmental fear and anxiety, his latest book reveals the most hopeful truth: an extraordinary capacity to meet these challenges is growing up everywhere. Sometimes the present is as obscure as the future. Thankfully, the human family has Paul Hawken — blessed with the gift to clearly see both."
"Synopsis" by , One of the world's most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity.
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