Active Hope How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-13
  • Publisher: New World Library

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The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.

Author Biography

Joanna Macy has been an esteemed scholar (of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology) and activist for four decades. She lives in Berkeley, CA. Chris Johnstone trains and teaches on resilience, happiness, and positive change. He lives in Bristol, U.K.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Great Turning
Three Stories of Our Timep. 13
Trusting the Spiralp. 35
Coming from Gratitudep. 43
Honoring Our Pain for the Worldp. 57
Seeing with New Eyes
A Wider Sense of Selfp. 85
A Different Kind of Powerp. 105
A Richer Experience of Communityp. 121
A Larger View of Timep. 139
Going Forth
Catching an Inspiring Visionp. 163
Daring to Believe It Is Possiblep. 185
Building Support around Youp. 201
Maintaining Energy and Enthusiasmp. 213
Strengthened by Uncertaintyp. 229
Notesp. 239
Resourcesp. 253
Indexp. 257
About the Authorsp. 271
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