Blessed Unrest has ratings and reviews. Robert said: Paul Hawken’s new book, entitled Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Cam . “Blessed Unrest” is about a movement that no one has noticed, not even the people involved. “The movement,” as Paul Hawken calls it. The New York Times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade.

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While so much is going wrong, so much is going right. But what in the world does the Appendix establish? I read it in a single sitting, hungry for the next piece of the puzzle, the next 6-degrees-of-separation coincidence. People in the various organizations that make up this movement disagree on means so they are always trying different things, making someone more likely to find something that works.

The bits about the civil rights movement were interesting though. This is a movement that has no name, leader, or location, but is in every city, town, and culture.

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And there is even a larger issue, the matter of intent. Alas, many transformationalists agreed with him. 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. I would further add that the right to life, like everything else, is a commodity, which if one cannot afford it, results in a slow and agonizing death by poverty.

Since reading this, I’ve definitely approached social and environmental justice with a new outlook. It is dispersed, inchoate, and fiercely independent. Blessed Unrest is an uplifting perspective, engendering wonder and hope. We are experiencing technical difficulties. The New York Times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice.

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. Hawken provides example after example of the tragic effects of the unrestrained progress of such corporate led globalization – that is imposing its “market-based rules and precepts on the entire planet, regardless of place, history, or culture, in the belief that economic growth is an unalloyed good, and that it is best accomplished with the minimization or elimination of interference from government”.


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His stories were for the most part depressing – Hwken, Conquest, Valdez – about corporate and governmental i. In our wildest madness we dream of equilibrium we have lost, and which in hwaken simplicity we think we shall discover once again when our errors cease-an infantile presumption, which justifies the fact that childish peoples, inheriting or madness, are managing our history today So what is stopping us from accomplishing these tasks? Living-wage jobs can be created for every man and woman who wants one.

At one point we are told that a ton of social change organizations agree at the level of principles and values. They fall on those he disagrees with politically.

Penguin- Nature – pages. Now, we “just” have to make it happen and it truly WILL be a hopeful time again. What I like about this quote is that Hawkens acknowledges that the checks on the market can and should come from a variety of forces. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Conversely, as systems lose diversity and thus functional redundancy, they become vulnerable to disruption or collapse. The opposite of learning is a runaway system where mistakes are relegated to file cabinets and ignored.

He seems to think that Christianity is purely a belief rather than a call to action with the action being to love others as you love yourself. This is the first full account of the real news of our time, and it’s exactly the opposite of the official account. I met people who wanted to structure or organize it — a difficult task, since it would easily be the most complex association of human beings ever assembled.

No one in the Axial Age imagined that he was living in an age of hawekn awakening. In reality, there is very little that is “free” about it. You also have to learn to trust that this decentralized process will come to decisions that are appropriate. Nelson Limited preview – When, inevitably, my daughters someday unrst their hearts broken by the wounded world they have inherited, I will be boessed them this and a precious few other books.


Overly emotional and too historical. After all, if we all believe there’s a movement that can heal the world, we’re more likely to act it out.

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The world is busy saving itself. Under its rule, the gap between the privileged minority and the enslaved majority, between the rich and the poor, grows at an ever-increasing rate. Paul Hawken has written an important and significant book—intelligent, compelling, moving, and hopeful. I didn’t intend it; optimism discovered me”. Definitely thought provoking in the light of the Women’s March this week. This is a work of enormous love and consequence.

In the midst of all this, he even finds time for a dubiously relevant but interesting tangent on Thoreau, Emerson, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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

And way more powerful. A page Appendix, nearly one-third of the book, consists of an elaborate list of issues that nonprofit groups are working on. Nov 28, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: However, the market does not efficiently deal with everything. In the simplicity of his explanations of the Problems of Civilization, Hawken’s book is remarkably similar to ” The Story of Stuff.

Hawken sees diversity as one of the strengths of “the movement”. Aug 30, David Pencheon rated it it was amazing.