Active Hope

How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy
Narrated by: C. S. E. Cooney
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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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.

©2012 Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone (P)2017 Tantor

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"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)
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One of the most inspiring and powerful books

When I started reading this book in a depressive phase, it helped me get out of it by applying "Active hope" to my personal life.

Now, whenever I feel a lack of motivation for my participation in the "Great Turning", or even lost touch with the purpose of my life, I listened to a part. Mostly after just 5 min, I was totally inspired and wired again, energized to do the exercises, and to work on creating an organisation...

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Fairly basic and not intersectional

This book may have been helpful to me 8 years ago when I was just entering activism and awareness of problems. But for someone who has been working in intersectional activism spaces for many years, this book is far too basic to be useful. It focuses in on climate change almost exclusively and from a very white, middle class perspective. It doesn't go into how to deal with more immediate and life threatening problems like violence based on race or sexuality/gender. Save your money and read a book by a person of color instead.

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Much food for thought.

I found the orators voice so distracting it was hard to take in a great deal of the book and it’s message I’m sorry to say.

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Equipping us for "active hope"

Helpful practices in every chapter to equip us for practicing the skills of "active hope" needed for the days ahead. The Great Turning will need all of us.
Narration was a bit annoying. Overreach on earnestness led to a stilted and unnatural diction and cadence.

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Essential reading for our time

Clarity wisdom and compassion abound in this beautiful book about the great turnout. If you are concerned about the state of the natural world at this point in human history then you may resonate to much of what she has to say. Joanna has been at this work for decades end it shows in the wisdom and depth of what she has to say. Please read this book and join the movement for a more just sane and sustainable civilization.

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  • Xanthe G.
  • 11-17-18

Life changing book for times of change

This book has profoundly moved and awakened me. I feel refreshed and with a courageous new motivation to fully commit to making positive changes in this important time. Just what we need to help strengthen us. Highly recommended. I’ll be buying copies as gifts.

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  • aliceruz
  • 11-22-17

Life-giving

Life-changing, path-redirecting. Listening to this every day helped me get through a rough patch of life renavigating. Truly a one of a kind book, it lifts you up, gives you hope and most importantly gives you strategic exercises that bring your to be an active participant in the change of the world for the better. Infinite gratitude for this precious guide.

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  • Douglas Mackay
  • 12-13-18

A book for our time

Pertinent & fresh in these turbulent times. the shambala prophecy particularly stood out for me but value throughout.

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