Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming

Paul Hawken / Aug 18, 2019

Blessed Unrest How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming One of the world s most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity Blessed Unrest tells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by poli

  • Title: Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
  • Author: Paul Hawken
  • ISBN: 9780670038527
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the world s most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity Blessed Unrest tells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media Hawken, an environmentalist and author, has spent than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering sociaOne of the world s most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity Blessed Unrest tells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media Hawken, an environmentalist and author, has spent 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 Unrest explores 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 Unrest is 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 Unrest will become a classic in its field a touchstone for anyone concerned about our future.

    Blessed Unrest Blessed Unrest is exciting, compelling, and very important It describes the growing unrest that I encounter around the world, the frustration and courage of those who dare to challenge the power of the political corporate world. Blessed Unrest How the Largest Social Blessed Unrest How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World Reprint Edition The Blessed Unrest The Blessed Unrest is the fourth studio album by American singer songwriter Sara Bareilles The album was released on July , through Epic Records The lead single from the album, Brave, was released digitally on April , .It sold , copies in its first week of release in the United States and debuted at number on the Billboard The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI Courageous Priest Archbishop Paul S Coakley, Sooner Catholic This year marks the th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI s prophetic encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae Of Human Life published on July , . Martha Graham on the Life Force of Creativity and the No artist is pleased There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us alive than the others. Leaked Docs Soros Hopes to Federalize Police, Take Away Leaked Docs Soros Hopes to Federalize Police, Take Away Local Control Via Manufactured Unrest Threat of Civil Unrest Preppers Who ve Relaxed Under Prepping means freedom in the face of uncertainty, and times have never been uncertain To summarize A Trump White House calls for caution, not less. THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF THE PRIEST Wednesday July Yamoussoukro Conference of Mons Norberto Rivera THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF THE PRIEST I Introduction Xinjiang conflict The Xinjiang conflict was a recent conflict in China s far west province of Xinjiang centred around the Uyghurs, a Turkic minority ethnic group who make up the largest group in the region. Factors such as the massive state sponsored migration of Han Chinese from the s to the s, government policies promoting Chinese cultural unity and punishing certain expressions of Uyghur identity Top Revolutions Backed by George Soros GulagBound Multi billionaire George Soros has been using his vast wealth at least since to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens , in his words He has been credited or, accurately, blamed for providing funding for several revolutions in which his preferred people took power.

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    1. Paul Hawken’s new book, entitled Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming, makes a simple argument in a straightforward fashion. This makes the book infinitely more readable than another book that makes a similar argument in incomprehensible poetic prose, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt . The only problem with the clarity of Hawken’s argument is that it brings into full relief its d [...]


    2. as a friend pointed out, the blurbs alone deem this a must-read (jane goodall, bill mckibben, barry lopez, terry tempest williams, david james duncan, & david suzuki). at the beginning of blessed unrest, hawken succinctly remarks, "in total, the book is inadvertently optimistic, an odd thing in these bleak times." indeed. refreshingly propitious, hawken counters prevailing disillusionment and listlessness with numerous examples of innumerable organizations acting to effect beneficial, lastin [...]


    3. I forced my way through this book because its written by Paul Hawken, one of the authors of Natural Capitalism (one of my very favorites). But man, it was hard to get through. Overly emotional and too historical. The bits about the civil rights movement were interesting though. Anway, I was about half way through when I realized I couldn't sludge on any further. So I peeked ahead to see if there was anything else I wanted to read- and realized that I wasn't half way through, but nearly done! The [...]


    4. My copy of this book has a different subtitle than the one listed above. Mine is "How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World." The change is for the better since I am hard-pressed to imagine a world where grace has been restored; is there even a dance floor that can handle such smooth gesticulations? I am on-board with the use of justice, though beauty kills it for me. Subtitles should be an art form, but, ultimately, have to be the boring hal [...]


    5. I think the main idea of the book is summed up on page 162:"Ideologies exclude openness, diversity, resiliancy, and multiplicity, the very qualities that noursih life in any system, be it ecosystem, immune system, or social system. Hundreds of thousands of small groups are trying to ignite an array of ideas in the world, fanning them like embers. Ideas are living things; they can be changed and adapted, and can grow. Ideas do not belong to anyone, and require no approval. This may sound ethereal [...]


    6. This book is about well, I am not completely sure what. Nominally, it is about "the movement" which is the joint effect of the various diverse and dispersed environmental and social justice groups throughout the world. However, the book tends to ramble all over, so it is hard to get a point from the book beyond these groups exist, they encompass lots of people, and they are a source of hope, even as things seem grim.So the book gets only an "okay" from me for being rambly, but it does have lots [...]


    7. I really needed to read this book! If for no other reason than because I was raised under the influence of a fundamentalist ideology fueled by the political right, which so often promotes the unrestrained growth of capitalism while disregarding the environment as anything more than a means to this end. After all, the earth is going to be burned up anyways when all the good people disappear! Hawken quotes C.S. Lewis: "What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some [...]


    8. Hmm. I don't think this is what I expected, but I'm also not sure what I expected. I appreciate Hawken's position that "the movement" is more than just environmentalism, more than just social justice, more than just the rights of indigenous people to live and thrive -- but all of these, together. I also appreciate that he chronicles the histories of many aspects of "the movment", and is often able to look critically upon them (especially the sections on Thoreau, Ghandi, King, Carson).I'm not rea [...]


    9. Even though this book was only 190 pages it took me quite a while to get through - the book starts out quite dry, but it starts to show potential in the second chapter when the author talks about the emergence of the environmental movement and how it becomes related to health thanks to the influence of Rachel Carlson. His book goes into ups and downs in grabbing the reader's attention. The moments that were exciting was when he was talking about the movements and the different work of NGOs, but [...]


    10. This is a book designed to reassure and slightly realign the "choir." Perhaps if I had read it when it first came out or any other time except the week Trump became president it would be a 4, but it's a tough time to push through this. That said, it offers phenomenal historical context for the movement, strong reason for optimism, and a good perspective on social justice and resilience. Definitely thought provoking in the light of the Women's March this week.


    11. At last! A hopeful book! Seeing the emergence of grass-roots organizations committed to social and environmental justice, and knitting together these observations with commentary of the trends, the author has a compellingly positive message - we ARE pulling together to save the world. Now, we "just" have to make it happen and it truly WILL be a hopeful time again.


    12. This is the book for all the people in the trenches of justice work, feeling discouraged about changing the world, feeling alone, powerless. It provides a picture of hope and optimism to keep on moving mountains, one shovelful at a time. It is full of web links to assist in connecting the global network of change agents.


    13. I was surprised and impressed with BU. Since reading this, I've definitely approached social and environmental justice with a new outlook. NB: a large chunk of this text is a list of relevant organizations that works better on the web.


    14. Very dry read, almost like a textbook, but not very informative. Not at all what I expected from such an inspiring public speaker.


    15. The Movement of Movements - the self-organizing, powerful and natural force of mankind forming a new paradigm of conscious co-creation!


    16. whew! excerpt: While so much is going wrong, so much is going right. Over the years the ingenuity of organizations, engineers, designers, social entrepreneurs, and individuals has created a powerful arsenal of alternatives. The financial and technical means are in place to address and restore the needs of the biosphere and society. Poverty, hunger, and preventable childhood diseases can be eliminated in a single generation. Energy use can be reduced 80 percent in developed countries within 30 ye [...]


    17. I don't know why it took me so long to read this one. There were a lot of opinions and assumptions in the book that I disagreed with, but there were also a lot of really great ideas and reading this book has definitely impacted me for the better. My two biggest complaints: 1) The author seemed to attack Christianity a lot, but then later on would include Christians in "the movement". I know that Christians have committed great atrocities throughout history, but if they have done it in the name o [...]


    18. This is a great delineation of new paradigm thought and observation.Before anything else, it should be noted that this is a great source book for a wide variety of organizations working to be helpful to the birth of the new world we must inhabit if we are to go on"“It has been said that we cannot save our planet from escalating and wide spread misery and torment unless humankind undergoes a widespread spiritualakening In other words, fixes won;t fix unless we fix our souls as wellWould we reco [...]


    19. I liked it at the start, well, not really, um I guess I did end up skipping most of the Introduction which was ponderous. But THEN I really did start liking it and loved all the narratives of what different groups had to contend with and what they accomplished, in human rights and the environment. the chapters don't really make a coherent book and some are better than others. By the time I got through I wasn't liking it so much. I like that it puts things in historical perspective so we can see [...]


    20. I am enjoying this book so much that I am deliberately reading it slowly. That means really slowly as I am a slow reader anyway. I like to chew over the sentences and re-read the ones I love. My enjoyment in reading this is only matched by my nervousness that is feeding every prejudice I have and strengthening them without challenging them. Is that normal? Also reading another book by same author simultaneously (Natural Capitalism) which is equally reinforcing of my values and beliefs.


    21. I do want to read more recent books by Hawken.Not sure whether I was put off by the latent eco-colonialism (that was common at the time this book was written and for near a decade after) or because it was challenging me and my views so much I just couldn't emotionally deal at the time.


    22. If I could convince everyone to read this book, I would. Illuminating the connections between the causes of activists for the environment, social justice, & indigenous sovereignty, this book males you think about what can be done to ensure our survival as one species in a miraculous living system.


    23. I had heard that this book was dense and I found it to be less dense than I was anticipating. I appreciated the breadth of the book and how the chapters were organized.


    24. Interesting premise, but too long and detailed. It also lacks a real call to action, other than to help complete an online database.


    25. Blessed Unrest purports to be about the “movement of movements” that is currently upwelling on a local, case-by-case basis against the symptoms of civilization's depredations. The book went far beyond that, however, and fulfilled promises I didn't realize it had made. Hawken doesn't spend much time giving history or anatomy of the “movement” in question, and the only specific examples he gives occur in the context of larger points. Instead, the thesis is of the book is an effective, eleg [...]


    26. This book deeply upset me. I expected I would really enjoy it - I liked Hawken's "Ecology of Commerce" many years ago - but I found that I fundamentally disagreed with his basic premises here. (1) there is a new kind of worldwide social movement / civil society / NGOs (it all began in the 1700s) and (2) this Movement can heal the world. Also, he too easily breaks it down between good (Movement, civil society, NGOs, indigenous people fighting for their homelands) and bad (corporations & gover [...]


    27. Even though the book is a few years oldis is an important read for those interested in activism or the possibility of transformation. It speaks to the shifting nature of social movements and social change.Highly recommend this book!


    28. I am looking for something, but not really hard, because I do not expect to find it. The truest questions are unanswered. But still I wonder. And then this book comes along, and touches upon one of them.Back in the day, it was all about the one, grand, unifying cause, for which we the inspired enlisted, envisioned a line of march, and endeavored to advance lockstep with each other in the twists and turns toward the common goal, with all rivulets connected into a common stream. We called it revol [...]


    29. This book provides an interesting perspective on the changes witnessed throughout human society and the natural world in recent years, focusing most on the interplay between these two and, most uniquely, how solutions to societal and environmental issues can and must be addressed simultaneously. Hawkens argues that social justice is inseparable from ecological sustainability, weaving in various examples throughout the narrative. These circumstances range from the interplay of poverty and defores [...]


    30. You suggest that the politics of the future are really about fostering unusual alliances that revolve around ideas. Strange bedfellows—evangelicals aligning with environmentalists, for example. Are you seeing this elsewhere?Yes. At the same time, we find out that we’re not strange bedfellows. We’re human beings and what estranged us is far less important and almost meaningless compared to what is meaningful now. You’re seeing Wal-Mart, for example, quite authentically—and I don’t car [...]


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