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

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New World Library, 22 feb 2012 - 288 pagine
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.
 

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Ecophilosopher Joanna Macy, PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a groundbreaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. The author of a dozen books, Joanna travels widely, giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren. Her website is www.joannamacy.net.

Chris Johnstone is a medical doctor, author, and coach who worked for nearly twenty years as an addictions specialist in the UK National Health Service. A former Senior Teaching Fellow at Bristol University Medical School, he trains health professionals in behavioral medicine and runs courses exploring the psychological dimensions of planetary crisis. He is known for his work pioneering the role of resilience training in promoting positive mental health, developing self-help resources, and setting up the Bristol Happiness Lectures. He is author of Find Your Power: A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change and co-presenter of The Happiness Training Plan CD. Chris has been a trainer in the Work That Reconnects for more than two decades, working with Joanna Macy and running facilitator trainings in the UK. In 2004, he set up the free email newsletter The Great Turning Times, which is now read by thousands of people throughout the world. He has been active in the Transition Movement since its very beginnings and contributed to a chapter on the psychology of change in The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins. Chris lives in the North of Scotland, where he lives with his wife, Kirsty, their dogs and chickens, pursuing his love of growing fruit in their evolving forest garden. His website is www.chrisjohnstone.info.

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