Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America

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Tyson Miller
SEE Innovation, 2011 - Social Science - 433 pages
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Across the nation countless individuals and organizations are dreaming a new future.Dream of a Nationis a comprehensive resource for any reader interested in gaining critical information and deepening their role as an empowered citizen. This handbook provides statistics and accessible analyses of the many interconnected social and environmental issues we face with compelling stories of individuals and institutions that are creating the changes necessary for our country to be more environmentally oriented, peaceful, equitable, and tolerant. Applicable for readers aged 16+ of all political and religious persuasions and anyone concerned with restoring balance in the world.The issues come alive through four color authentic images, and accessible graphics and illustrations. Contributors include:

Alice Walker, Vice President Gore, Time 100 Visionary Geoffrey Canada, NASA Astronaut Jerry Linenger, Frances Moore Lappe, Union of Concerned Scientists, New America Foundation, United for a Fair Economy, Veterans for Peace (and nearly 50 more)Over 60 interconnected issues are explored and organized across twelve chapters including: Building an Equitable and Green Economy, Waging Peace, Citizen Leadership, Strengthening Community, Environmental Stewardship, Ending Poverty, Deepening Democracy, Improving Health, Media Reform, Key Education Innovations, Re-Imagining Business, and Creating a Nation that Shines.Dream of a Nationrestores faith that humanity can solve our current looming environmental, economic and societal challenges.
 

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Contents

Toward a Living Democracy by Frances Moore Lappé Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund
8
Redefining Security for Strong Communities and a Safer World by Greg Speeter National Priorities Project
14
Putting the Public First by Bob Edgar Common Cause
20
Citizens Strengthening Democracy by Carolyn J Lukensmeyer AmericaSpeaks
26
Center for Urban Innovation Arizona State University
32
Citizen Stewardship 2 Unified in Stewardship by Jerry M Linenger Former NASA Astronaut
48
Living Lighter by Seán Sheehan Center for a New American Dream
58
Citizens Shaping TheirWorld by Dan Morrison CitizenEffect org
64
Percent CarbonFree ElectricityWithin 10Years byAl Gore Former Vice President
182
Building a Conservation Nation byJeffBarrie Kilowatt Ours
190
Key Steps for a Healthy Nation by Holly G Atkinson MD
222
Strengthening the Food Health Connection by Baxter Montgomery MD Montgomery Heart Wellness
228
Avoiding the Dangers of Toxic Exposure byAndy Igrejas Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
234
Tackling the Profit Problem in Healthcare by Steven Hill PoliticalWriter
240
Transforming Urban Injustice into Beauty and Empowerment by Majora Carter MCG Consulting 312
247
A Dream with a Plan by Nan Roman Irene Mabry Moses
258

Finding the Will and the Way by Sejal Hathi Girls Helping Girls
70
Lighting the Way to a New Economy by David Korten Living Economies Forum
84
Building a We Economy by Mike Prokosch United for a Fair Economy
90
Moving the Green Jobs Movement Forward by Phaedra EllisLamkins Green ForAll
96
Make It in America by Eric Lotke Campaign for Americas Future
102
Real World Models for Creating Stability by Michelle Long Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
108
Switching Taxes to Get America Working by Bill Drayton Get America Working
114
Institute for Sustainable Solutions Portland State University
132
Teachers College Columbia University
150
Educating for a Sustainable Future byJames L Elder Campaign for Environmental Literacy
156
A School and Community Strategy for the 21st Century by Martin J Bank
162
Making Education Work for All Students by Kati Haycock The Education Trust
168
United Nations Millennium Campaign
265
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Creating Food Security Improving Health Creating Community by Erika Allen Growing Power
318
Common Values Common Dreams byAlan Jenkins The OpportunityAgenda
324
Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future by KennyAusubel Bioneers
386
Everyone a Changemaker by Diana Wells Roshan Paul Ashoka
392
Painting Hope in the World by LilyYeh Barefoot Artists
402
We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For byAlice Walker
408
Acknowledgments
414
Index
430
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Over sixty leading thinkers and organizations contributed vital content for this anthology. Tyson Miller is the project creator/editor. He is a social entrepreneur and leader in the environmental movement who has been developing new organizations and initiatives for nearly 20 years. Over this timeframe, he has completed an award-winning documentary on environmental education and founded or co-founded five organizations and/or national initiatives including Green Press Initiative, Project for Improved Environmental Coverage, and Dream of a Nation. He has been awarded for leadership by the U.S. EPA, and has been featured on NPR, ABC News.com, BBC Radio, the NY Times, and over 100 other media outlets. Publisher's Weeklynamed Tyson one of the 50 Most Influential People Under 40 in the U.S. book industry. Tyson is currently the Director of SEE Innovation.

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