Synopses & Reviews
Imparting a ton of practical advice and wisdom gained through over forty years of civic activism, Rex Burkholder has written a guidebook for people who care about people. The Activist’s Toolkit is a new, creative approach to leadership, focusing on how to be effective as a community activist. The lessons in this book can be used by anyone—from the elected official to the nonprofit leader to the average citizen—hoping to discover new, more inclusive ways to address community problems. The combination of exercises for personal reflection, practical suggestions for working with others, and stories of the successes and failures of ordinary people offers every reader ways to communicate authentically, advocate effectively, and lead productively toward a better world.
About the Author
Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in Northwest forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a co-founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. His current project is leading an effort to get kids outside to learn, beginning with restoring Outdoor School for All Oregon children. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region. He was a member of the Metro Council from 2000-2012, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile. His book, The Activist’s Toolkit (2015), is highly praised for it’s creative approach to leadership, helping many around the world be more effective community activists. He blogs about transportation, urban livability and climate change at gettingto2100.org.