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.
About the Author
Joanna Macy, whose eight books include World as Lover, World as Self, is a scholar of systems theory and Buddhist thought who helps people find inner resources for dealing with global crises.
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.
Books about social and ecological change too often leave out a vital component: how do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to fully contribute to this great shift? Active Hope fills this gap beautifully, guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection, and, ultimately, transformation.”
Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
To the future beings of the twenty-second century, Active Hope might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first.”
Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul
More than any book I’ve read, Active Hope shows us the true dimensions of this crisis, and the way our heart and actions can be part of the great turning toward healing. Please read this book and share it with others for your own awakening, for our children, and for our future.”
Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance
Active Hope is a brilliant guide to sanity and love.”
Roshi Joan Halifax, abbot of the Upaya Zen Center
If you have despaired for our world, and if you love life, Active Hope will be for you an extraordinary blessing.”
John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution
Active Hope is not just a book but a gateway to transformation.”
Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable