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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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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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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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  • 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.