Paul Hawken. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement In the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming. 352 pp. Hardback: Viking, ISBN 0670038520. Paperback: Penguin, ISBN 0143113658.

A leading environmentalist and social activist’s examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change.

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Keynote Speaker Linda Barnes has chosen this book to be read, digested, shared ... and then discussed in a workshop session at the 2009 PSD Conference in Duluth. We are hoping that folks all over the Prairie Star District will buy copies from their local bookstores and prepare to share with each other what they have learned.

Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media. Like nature itself, it is organizing from the bottom up, in every city, town, and culture. and is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people’s needs worldwide.

Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and hidden history, which date back many centuries. A culmination of Hawken’s many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire and delight any and all who despair of the world’s fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself. Fundamentally, it is a description of humanity’s collective genius, and the unstoppable movement to reimagine our relationship to the environment and one another.

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