Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being, and why No One Saw it Coming

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Penguin, 2007 - Nature - 342 pages
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One of the world’s most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity

Blessed Unresttells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media. Hawken, an environmentalist and author, has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person causes, these organizations collectively comprise the largest movement on earth. This is a movement that has no name, leader, or location, but is in every city, town, and culture. It is organizing from the bottom up and is emerging as an extraordinary and creative expression of people’s needs worldwide.

Blessed Unrestexplores the diversity of this movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries-old history. The culmination of Hawken’s many years of leadership in these fields, it will inspire, surprise, and delight anyone who is worried about the direction the modern world is headed. Blessed Unrestis a description of humanity’s collective genius and the unstoppable movement to re-imagine our relationship to the environment and one another. Like Hawken’s previous books, Blessed Unrestwill become a classic in its field— a touchstone for anyone concerned about our future.
 

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User Review  - JanesList - LibraryThing

It took a while to get started, but this book was worth the work. Hawken briefly tells the history of the social and environmental movements and then presents the wonderful metaphor that all these ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

A few years ago, activist author Paul Hawken set out to create a database of every non-profit in the world categorized into a taxonomy, which is now on the web in a sort of Wikipedia community format ... Read full review

Contents

The Beginning
1
The Long Green
27
The Rights of Business
49
Emersons Savants
69
Indigene
87
We Interrupt This Empire
115
Immunity
139
Restoration
167
Appendix
191
Acknowledgments
303
Bibliography
321
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Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and bestselling author of six previous books. He is the architect and leading proponent of reform with respect to ecological practices. He currently operates a nonprofit organization.

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