Blessed Unrest has ratings and reviews. Robert said: Paul Hawken’s new book, entitled Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Cam . “Blessed Unrest” is about a movement that no one has noticed, not even the people involved. “The movement,” as Paul Hawken calls it. The New York Times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade.

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In a seminal work, The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong details unresg origins of our religious traditions during what is called the Axial Age, a year period dating from to BCE, during which much of the world turned away from violence, cruelty, and barbarity.

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I like to chew over the sentences and re-read the ones I love. Nelson Limited preview – Just as democracies require an informed and active citizenry to prevent abuse, markets require constant tending to prevent them from being diverted or exploited. In his hands, the civil society movement reveals itself as the action that has replaced the talk. The spiritual practices that evolved were varied, but all concentrated on focusing and guiding the mind with simple precepts and practices whose repetition in daily life would gradually and truly change the heart.

The Rights of Business. Since one person’s knowledge can only represent a fragment of the totality of what is known, wisdom can be achieved when people combine what they have learned. Enlightenment was not an end–equanimity, kindness, and compassion were.

That groups are busy? Passages like these run rampant through the text: He created “The Ibrahim Prize” – awarded annually to African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.


From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person causes, these organizations collectively comprise the largest movement on earth. Bill McKibben has been unwavering and unerring in his cautions about climate change.

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Unlike the massive failing of the Axial Age, it sees blesswd feminine as sacred and holy, and it recognizes the wisdom of indigenous peoples all over the world, from Africa to Nunavut. Is it not the free flow of brilliant and ancient information. The book is notoriously short on policy solutions. Capitalism has thrived on abstraction, sprawling the entire globe with its international division of labor, commodification of relations, externalization of costs, and one-dollar-one-vote reforms.

They want to keep the species game happening, so they buy swaths of habitat and undeveloped land. In the broad sweep of a history of diffuse and seemingly unconnected events and people, he has found emergent pattern.

A free market, so lovely in theory, is no more feasible in practice than a society without laws. Blessed Unrest invokes a heartbreak from which light unrezt. They want to keep the home game alive in the world, so they go after the roots of poverty. Jul 25, Blaine Morrow rated it liked it. Morphing subtitle aside this book possesses many organs, but little interstitial tissue.

They asked their students to question and challenge and, as opposed to modern religion, to take nothing on faith. Not at all what I expected from such an inspiring public speaker. A few years ago, activist author Paul Hawken set out to create a database of unrewt non-profit in the world categorized into a taxonomy, which is now on the web in a sort of Wikipedia community format The Movement of Movements – the self-organizing, powerful and natural force of mankind forming a new paradigm of conscious co-creation!

Hawken frames Marx as rigidly ideological, and basically espouses the horseshoe theory of non-ideology center with blesssd to the left-and-right. I have to admit that it leaves me cold though, for basically two reasons. Looking for More Great Reads? In the midst of all this, he even finds time for a dubiously relevant but interesting hasken on Thoreau, Emerson, and the Civil Rights Movement. But it is curious how, despite a precursory warning against market fundamentalism the ideology most responsible for climate inaction, palu allHawken keeps resorting to market crusader Hayek when trying to explain anti-State bottom-up decision-making.


He has founded successful, ecologically-conscious businesses, blssed consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Open Preview See a Problem?

It is dispersed, inchoate, and fiercely independent. It has no manifesto or doctrine, no overriding authority to check with. Okay, historical context takes work, history is long and the world is big.

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Yes, I believe that we should protect native cultures and give native peoples the same rights as others, but that doesn’t mean that they always have the pau answers or that they always did the right thing historically.

Market competition is ultimately a matter of financial capital: Openness, freedom, and democracy require great trust and great humility. No trivia or quizzes yet. As impressive as this single example is, Hawken focuses instead on the many thousands of non-profit organizations in countries, territories and sovereign islands that represent the ultimate strength of this movement of Blessed Unrest.

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But how do they translate into public policy? One of the disturbing parallels that is frequently made in this book is between the fundamentalism of the Christian right and the fundamentalism of blfssed economic enterprise. We Interrupt This Empire.