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Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heartby Nina Simons
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Explores the flourishing, passionate forms of leadership emerging from women on behalf of the earth and community
• Contains more than 30 essays from successful women leaders, including writers Alice Walker and Eve Ensler, psychiatrist Jean Shinoda Bolen, holistic doctor Rachel Naomi Remen, hip-hop performer Rha Goddess, and famous tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill
• From Bioneers president and cofounder Nina Simons
Many today find themselves being called toward greater leadership on behalf of the Earth, toward leadership sourced from their inner authority and inspired by what they love and are dedicated to protect, transform, and strengthen. Those successfully heeding this call have embraced the qualities previously relegated to the “feminine”--inner awareness, collaboration, relational intelligence, respect for the sacred and generosity--and married them to the best of their “masculine” attributes to create a new form of leadership more inspiring, inviting, and effective for transforming how we live on Earth and with each other.
This anthology presents more than 30 essays from eminent women trailblazers--such as author Alice Walker, psychiatrist Jean Shinoda Bolen, playwright Eve Ensler, holistic doctor Rachel Naomi Remen, biologist Janine Benyus, hip-hop performer Rha Goddess, and famous tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill--as well as lesser-known but equally influential leaders--such as social entrepreneur Judy Wicks, philanthropic activist Kathy LeMay, food justice advocate LaDonna Redmond, and media educator Sofia Quintero. Their narratives explore how they cultivated their leadership impulses and their “feminine” strengths, reinventing leadership to prioritize community, collaboration, the environment, and the common good. Illuminating a path to progressive environmental and social change, their passionate stories of joyful, creative, collaborative, and sacred leadership ignite within each reader the power to help cocreate a healthy, peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Essays from more than 30 eminent women who are reinventing leadership by emphasizing collaboration, inner awareness, and relational intelligence. Their passionate stories can inspire us to cocreate a healthy, peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Essays from more than 30 eminent women including writers Alice Walker and Eve Ensler, who are reinventing leadership by emphasizing collaboration, inner awareness, and relational intelligence.
About the Author
Nina Simons is co-CEO and cofounder of Bioneers, a national nonprofit that identifies, gathers, and disseminates breakthrough solutions to environmental and social challenges. A speaker and teacher on the environment, restoring the sacred feminine, and the call to engaged action, she gives workshops on cultivating women’s leadership and coproduces the annual Bioneers Conference. She lives outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Milk and Blood---Terry Tempest Williams
Introduction: Cultivating Connection and Capacity Through Story---Nina Simons
Knowing Our Selves, Our Inner Landscape, and Our Sense of Purpose
1 To Walk in Beauty---Sarah Crowell
2 Women Reimagining the World---Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., Joanna Macy, Nina Simons, Alice Walker, and Akaya Windwood
3 Standing in Relationship to Myself and Nature---Gloria Flora
4 We Got Issues---Rha Goddess
5 How Art Can Heal Broken Places---Lily Yeh
6 The Open Space of Democracy---Terry Tempest Williams
Leadership Sourced from Inner Authority
7 Direct Action on Behalf of the Earth---Julia Butterfly Hill
8 Joy: A Midwife’s Story---Anneke Campbell
9 Pushing Hope’s Edge---Anna Lappé and Frances Moore Lappé
10 The Looks-Within Place---Leslie Gray, Ph.D.
11 Applying Science for Social Change---Riki Ott, Ph.D.
12 The Color of Sustainability---LaDonna Redmond
13 A Fierce and Tender Heart---Jodie Evans
14 The Pulse of Global Women’s Voices Rising---Jensine Larsen
Reweaving the Web of Connection
15 Becoming a Blessing: Living As If Your Life Makes a Difference---Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
16 The Interactive Digital Mural: A Tool for Social Reconciliation from the Local to the Global---Judy Baca
17 Women, Plants, and Culture---Kathleen Harrison
18 The Okanagan Way---Jeannette Armstrong, Ph.D.
19 Changing the World One Heart at a Time---Charlotte Brody, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., and Belvie Rooks
20 Embracing the Other: Cultural Diversity and Resilience---Kate Kendell
21 From Mourning into Daybreak---Nina Simons
Renegotiating Power: Generosity, Mentorship, and Respectful Relations
22 Local Living Economies: Green, Fair, and Fun---Judy Wicks
23 Girl Power for Social Justice---Lateefah Simon
24 Transforming Philanthropy---Kathy LeMay
25 My Life and the Gift Economy---Genevieve Vaughan
26 Circles of Mutual Mentorship---Nina Simons
27 Learning a New Leadership---Jess Rimington
28 What Life Knows: New Ideas from Biology That Could Change the World---Janine Benyus
Restoring the Feminine in Our Strategies, Institutions, and Culture
29 V to the Tenth---Eve Ensler
30 Plastic and Public Policy: Getting the Estrogen Out of One and Into the Other---Charlotte Brody
31 The Return of the Ghost Dancers---Edward Tick, Ph.D.
32 Transforming Economics---Donna Morton
33 Green Worker Cooperatives---Omar Freilla
34 Reconnecting Children and Nature---Cheryl Charles, Ph.D.
35 Chica Luna Productions: Women Creating Social Change by Using Popular Media---Sofia Quintero
36 Turtle Heart: Toward an Ocean Revolution---Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.
37 Global Women Rising---Atema Eclai, Melinda Kramer, and Kavita Ramdas
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