Unrest is exciting, compelling, and very important. It describes
the growing unrest that I encounter around the world, the frustration
and courage of those who dare to challenge the power of the political
corporate world. Paul Hawken states eloquently all that I believe
so passionately to be true - that there is inherent goodness at the
heart of our humanity, that collectively we can - and are - changing
the world. Please read and share Blessed Unrest, a celebration
of the awakening of the human spirit. It will inspire and encourage
millions more to take action.
This is a genuinely whole-Earth catalog of environmental and social
activism. It hits the reader first as a revelation - because
of the form, scale, and consequence of the phenomenon reported – and
then as a tool. The world is busy saving itself. With this
book you learn where and how to plug into the process.
you have lost a sense of direction in your life, if despair dogs your
every step, pick up a pencil and pick up this book. Paul Hawken, without
a trace of self-importance, impales a very dark room on the beam of
a very bright light here. In his hands, the civil society movement
reveals itself as the action that has replaced the talk.
This is the first full account of the real
news of our time, and it's exactly the opposite of the official account.
The movers and shakers on our planet aren't the billionaires and the
generals--they are the incredible numbers of people around the world
filled with love for neighbor and for the earth who are resisting,
remaking, restoring, renewing, revitalizing. This powerful and lovely
book is their story—our story—and it's high time someone's
told it. Nothing you read for years to come will fill you with more
hope and more determination.
Blessed Unrest is a beautiful, soulful,
crucial book. It is a manifesto of hope for the 21st century grounded
squarely in the hearts of engaged people around the planet. Paul
Hawken chronicles and testifies on behalf of this "movement with
no name" with his charismatic intelligence and insight. This book
makes the invisible visible. I believe Hawken when he says we are part
of the Earth's immune system each time we exercise our active compassion
in the name of social justice and ecological health. I love this book.
It is a field guide for all that is possible.
Many books describe the world in ways that
break our hearts. Blessed Unrest invokes a heartbreak from
which light pours. Paul Hawken is stupendously well informed. He is
also critical without rancor, intuitive without woo woo, and poetic
or hard-minded as the case requires. His narrative flows from a harrowing
litany of "free market" abuses and desecrations to the countless
life-saving actions and organizations that now envelope the earth in
response. This is a work of enormous love and consequence. Every compassion-driven
soul who reads it will be stunned by the scope and power of the movement
we've inadvertently formed. When, inevitably, my daughters someday
feels their hearts broken by the wounded world they have inherited,
I will be handing them this and a precious few other books.
For the first time since life evolved, one
species is now altering the physical, chemical, and biological features
of the planet on a geological scale. Scientists tell us of a
litany of ecological disasters—climate change, toxic pollution,
species extinction, marine depletion, deforestation—the depressing
list can paralyze one with hopelessness and despair. Fear can
motivate immediate action in the short-run, but hope can be sustained. Paul
Hawken's writings are always at the cutting edge of environmental thought,
original, surprising and shot through with optimism. Blessed
Unrest is an uplifting perspective, engendering wonder and hope. For
all of us that are squirreling away in our individual small ways, it
is inspiring to realize that millions of us can add up to an irresistible
force. Read this book and shout "Hallelujah!"
Paul Hawken is at the top of his storytelling
art in Blessed Unrest. By revealing the twin heart of
the environmental and social justice movements, he helps us know ourselves
in a new way—as competent members of the natural world, intent
on recovering from our stumble as a species. Each page yields
surprise and “of course!” recognition for what has been
swelling beneath our collective ground for over 100 years. I
read it in a single sitting, hungry for the next piece of the puzzle,
the next 6-degrees-of-separation coincidence. Hawken makes these
invisible truths obvious through impeccably researched tales told in
the bell-clear prose of a statesman poet. In this chronicle of
the groundswell with no name, we have found our Tocqueville, our Twain,
and our Sinclair.
On one side the four horsemen of the apocalypse;
on the other a vast and nameless uprising of peoples and organizations
fighting for justice, places, communities, diversity, and health—the
planetary immune system. Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest is not
just a good book, it is a necessary book, wise, eloquent, perceptive,
sober, and timely but above all, hopeful. A landmark!
Paul Hawken has written an important and significant
book—intelligent, compelling, moving, and hopeful. In the broad
sweep of a history of diffuse and seemingly unconnected events and
people, he has found emergent pattern. That pattern, amazing simultaneously
in its intricacy and simplicity, gives clarity to the direction humankind
is moving in its struggle for survival. Read and regain a sense of
optimism for our grandchildren's grandchildren; and be motivated to
ensure that they inherit a restored earth and an equitable society.
What the Apollo missions did
for Earth, allowing us to see her for the first time entire, Paul
Hawken is doing for us with this nameless, century-shaping movement
of ours. It's way bigger than we imagined. And way more powerful.
In the midst of the last century's happy
delusions, Paul Hawken courageously revealed the hardest truth: we
are in grave ecological peril. In the midst of today's growing environmental
fear and anxiety, his latest book reveals the most hopeful truth:
an extraordinary capacity to meet these challenges is growing up
everywhere. Sometimes the present is as obscure as the future. Thankfully,
the human family has Paul Hawken - blessed with the gift to clearly
If ideas are living things which can change
the course of history, then this book could be the vital turning point
in the survival of humanity on this magnificent vulnerable planet.
Paul Hawken has an extraordinary ability to perceive the underlying
order in chaos, and his latest work is his most profound illustration
of this. Blessed Unrest reveals that buried within the thousands
of apparently disparate social and environmental organizations of our
day, an enormously important phenomenon is occurring. He allows
us to see it for the first time the fabric of a movement of human and
planetary evolution-- the Earth's own immune system hard at work. You
will put down this book with a sense of awe, as well as optimism, realizing
that although natural systems seem to be in a state of decay, the cure
is arising from within, and we are it. This book is a stunning
accomplishment that should be read by everyone.
Paul Hawken has created a wondrous experience -- a book that magically
weaves together the world across time and place. From the
wisdom of ancients to our modern predicament. Fom dead fish to
the industrial giants that killed them. From endangered peoples
defending nature against the onslaught to their new friends and allies
in the capitals of capitalism. Within this vast tableau, the
book tells the dramatic story of people rising to resist - a global
coming together mobilized to change the world and save it.