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

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.

Blessed Unrest

How the Largest Movement In the World Came Into Being
and Why No One Saw it Coming
352 pages, Hardcover, Viking Press New York


Blessed 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.

-Jane Goodall, UN Ambassador for Peace

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.

-Stewart Brand, creator of The Whole Earth Catalog and CoEvolution Quarterly

If 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.

-Barry Lopez, author of Resistance and Arctic Dreams

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.

-Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

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.

-Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy

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.

-David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and God Laughs & Plays

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!" 

-David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance

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.

-Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry

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!

-David Orr, author Design on the Edge and The Last Refuge

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.

-Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface and author of Mid-Course Correction

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.

-John Elkington, Executive Director of SustainAbility

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 see both.

- Van Jones, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

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.

- Molly Harriss Olson, Director, President's Council on Sustainable Development under Clinton/Gore

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.
-Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big Life, and The Not So Big House series

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.

-William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy

05.07.2007 Santa Fe
New Mexico
Lensic Theater
211 West San Francisco St
Dreaming New Mexico
7:00 pm Event, 8:15 pm Talk, Q&A, signing
05.10.2007 Sonoma
Andrews Hall
Sonoma Community Center 
276 E. Napa Street

Praxis Institute for Peace
Book Tour, 8:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing



Walnut Creek

Pacific Palisades
Barnes and Noble
1149 S. Main Street

Temescal Park
Oak Grove
Book Tour, 2:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing

Blessed Unrest Mother's Day Celebration
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4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.14.2007 Santa Barbara
University of California Santa Barbara
Lobero Theater
33 East Canon Perdido Street
Book Tour, 8:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing 
05.15.2007 Pasadena
All Saints Church 
132 Euclid Avenue
Book Tour, 7:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.16.2007 Seattle
Town Hall 
1119 8th Avenue
Book Tour, 7:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.17.2007 Portland
Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Book Tour, 7:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.21.2007 Boston
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
Book Tour, 6:30 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.22.2007 New York City
New York
Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway @66th Street
Book Tour, 6:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.23.2007 Atlanta
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
451 Freedom Parkway
Book Tour, 7:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.24.2007 Boulder
Unity of Boulder Church
2855 Folsom Avenue
Book Tour, 7:30pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
05.25-26.2007 Telluride
109 E Colorado Ste 1 Mountainfilm in Telluride
6:00 Keynote - May 25th
8:00-9:30 am, Breakfast, Signing - May 26th
05.29.2007 Berkeley
First Congregational Church
of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Book tour 7:30pm
06.01.2007 Berkeley
University of California Berkeley
Pauley Ballroom
Bancroft Way/Telegraph
2007 BALLE Conference
5th Annual International Gathering
06.03.2007 Victoria
British Colombia

The Royal Theater
805 Broughton Street

Harmony Foundation
7:30pm Talk
06.04-06.2007 Victoria
British Colombia
The Laurel Point Inn
680 Montreal Street
Gaining Ground Summit
2007 - "Whole City Change"
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06.07.2007 San Rafael
Dominican University of California
Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
Book Tour, 7pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
06.08.2007 San Francisco
UCSF Mission Bay Auditorium
1675 Owens Street
The Long Now Foundation
"The Great New Transformation" 7:30 pm

Menlo Park
Keplers Books
1010 El Camino Real

Book Tour, 8:00 pm Talk, Q&A, Signing
Point Reyes
Toby's Feed Barn
Point Reyes Station
Point Reyes Books
Author Events Series
09.25.2007 Chico
Chico State University "On the Creek" Lecture Series
7:30 pm Talk, Q&A
09.29.2007 Baltimore
Baltimore Convention Center Natural Products Expo East
9:00 am Keynote Speech
10.13.2007 Aspen
Toward a New Consciousness
Conference sponsored by Yale School
of Forestry and Environment
11.07.2007 Appleton
Lawrence University University Convocation
11.08.2007 Chicago
McCormick Place, West Building
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Greenbuild International Expo
12:30pm Keynote Speech
11.10.2007 San Francisco
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th St (at Brannan St)
Green Festival San Francisco
01.17.2008 Columbia
South Carolina

Urban Land Institute
Members Only Event
Emerging Trends

01.22-22.2008 Zurich
World Conservation Union Forum
03.14-15.2008 Newport Beach
Newport Beach Library Friday 7pm Talk, Q&A
Saturday 2pm Talk, Signing



An Evening with Paul Hawken,
Barry Lopez and Rebecca Soinit

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