How to Achieve a Heaven on Earthby John Wade II, King Duncan, Poppy Tooker, David Crosby
Contributions from 101 of the most prestigious thinkers, writers, public figures, and other luminaries on a wide range of topics fill the pages of this meditation on how to make the world a better place. Focusing on the large problems of the world as well as the little challenges people face, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth tackles the momentous question of what
Contributions from 101 of the most prestigious thinkers, writers, public figures, and other luminaries on a wide range of topics fill the pages of this meditation on how to make the world a better place. Focusing on the large problems of the world as well as the little challenges people face, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth tackles the momentous question of what each of us can do to improve our community, our country, and our world, one step at a time.
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Meet the Author
John E. Wade II is an investor, philanthropist, television producer, and former CPA. Though retired, he is busier than ever attending to his calling to engage the world and spread a message of hope for a true heaven on earth. He is the founder of Soldiers of Love, a nonprofit dedicated to making a long-term impact on all ten elements of his tenets. He lives in New Orleans.
Peter J. Tanous has served on several corporate boards and has written numerous books on money management and investing.
Christine Barnes is an organization development consultant and certified coach with a global high tech company.
Kenneth Einar Himma teaches philosophy at Seattle Pacific University and has published scholarly articles in the areas of philosophy of religion, philosophy of law, and information and computer ethics.
Jane Roper is senior copywriter at the Boston marketing communications agency PARTNERS+simons, where she does her best to practice truth in advertising.
Since 1980, Patty Gay has been executive director of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, a citywide not-for-profit organization.
Born in Leipzig, Germany, Thomas Höhenleitner's career has included research and design, project management, hardware development, software systems testing and market analysis.
The work of New Orleans-based interior designer Emily Adams has been featured in House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, New Orleans Magazine, Southern Women and The Majesty of the French Quarter.
Sister Mary Lou Specha, a member of Sisters of the Presentation, has been the executive director of Reconcile New Orleans since June 2008. Cuccia remains responsible for the completion of the holistic training center, and also plans to develop a social entrepreneurship institute, with the Office of Social Entrepreneurship of the Louisiana lieutenant governor's office.,
Chris Beneke is an associate professor of history and director of the Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Mike Farrell grew up in eastern Los Angeles. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he embarked on a career as an actor, eventually securing roles as the affable and eminently moral B. J. Hunnicut in the popular television series M*A*S*H and later Providence, as well as working as a writer, director and producer.
Rúna Bouius is an Icelandic entrepreneur, leadership mentor and trainer, speaker and writer. She runs her company, Rúnora LLC, from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Joshua Kucera is a freelance journalist who has reported from the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet Union. His work has been published in Time, Slate, The New Republic, The Nation, Jane's Defence Weekly and many other publications.
Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a BA in sociology at Morehouse College, and a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary, winning numerous honors and awards. He served as pastor and co-pastor at several churches, and besides his civil rights work also fought against poverty and the war in Vietnam, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 while working to organize sanitation workers.
Robert L. Perez, Jr., is a health and safety consultant in South Louisiana. He enjoys fine wine, fine dining, concerts and collecting small exotic animals.
Charlotte Livingston is a practicing attorney in New Orleans. Her articles have appeared in nolababy, the Junior League of New Orleans’ Lagniappe, and Louisiana Cookin’.
Leonard Pitts, won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. His book Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood became a bestseller.
Mary Rich has served on the Ocala City Council since 1995. As chair of the Ocala Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, she often is called upon to speak to local groups about diversity.
Barbara Rogoski, an ordained minister, is the former coordinator of the St. Egideo meals for the homeless project in The Hague.
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., served as the forty-fifth vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Michael John Gerson served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter for five years, was a senior policy advisor from 2000 until 2006, and was known as "the conscience of the White House."
A. Robert Smith, who lives in Virginia Beach, is the author of No Soul Left Behind and a historical novel Ben Franklin's Secret Love.
Renee Peck was a feature writer and editor at The Times-Picayune from 1977 to 2009. When the levee beaches from Hurricane Katrina inundated 80 percent of the city's housing stock in 2005, "I lost my beat," she says wryly.
Levi Ben-Shmuel is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. He has devoted his life to fulfilling a spiritual vision of people coming together through his music, writing and speaking.
William E. Barrick was executive vice president and director of gardens at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, for almost twenty years before becoming executive director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November 1999. Barrick currently serves on the board of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, Advisory Committee Spring Hill College, Visiting Committee of the University of Mobile, Providence Hospital Foundation, and Infirmary West Advisory Board and trustee of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church.
Annette Aungier, a native and resident of Dublin, Ireland, is a money market dealer for an agency that serves the national government. Single, she counts her cat as a valued family member.
Jana Carvalha is a Carioca, one who is a native of Rio de Janeiro, where she is a professional tour guide and self-trained ecologist. Besides the Amazon rainforest, her particular interest is in the flora and fauna of her home city.
After receiving her Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Notre Dame, Adrienne Froelich Sponberg moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her goal of making science accessible to policymakers.
Whitney Parker Scully, is the editor of Delta Gamma's award-winning quarterly publication, the Anchora,
Brian Skeele, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a general contractor, pragmatic visionary and co-facilitator of Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods Workshops.
Daniel Goleman is the author of Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, Emotional Intelligence, Primal Leadership and Ecological Intelligence.
John Hanc is a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine. Hanc, also teaches writing and journalism at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York.
Stella Resnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and the author of The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How to Let Go and Be Happy.
Laurie Norris is a staff attorney with the Public Justice Center in Baltimore.
Todd Crandell, is the founder and executive director of Racing for Recovery, a nonprofit foundation with the mission of preventing all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health.
Craig L. Katz, M.D., is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He co-founded Disaster Psychiatry Outreach in 1998 as a charitable organization devoted to the provision of voluntary psychiatric care to people affected by disasters and serves as its president.
Mark Maccora works on independent and major films as a producer, production manager, cinematographer, and digital composer and provides visual effects.
Eric Newhouse, projects editor for the Great Falls Tribune (Montana), won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2000, for a yearlong series of stories on alcoholism. T
Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. She hosts the popular weekly radio show Louisiana Eats! Her classical training and love of New Orleans cuisine has been recognized globally through her participation in various documentary projects, and she competed on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where her seafood gumbo was deemed better than his. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Tooker with their first Community Service Award, and Southern Living magazine named her a Hero of the New South. A writer for many publications, Tooker informs readers on the importance of reviving foods that are pivotal to the Louisiana and New Orleans culture. Her previous book Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories, a companion to her radio show, received the Literary Award of the Year in 2014 from the Louisiana Library Association. Tooker lives and cooks in New Orleans.
Chris Bynum has worked as a journalist , a food editor, a fashion editor, a feature writer, a social columnist, health and fitness writer and an entertainment magazine editor.
Mark Lundholm is a former criminal, mental patient, homeless wino and halfway house resident. After very humble beginnings, he has taken his successful standup comedy career through all fifty states and ten foreign countries.
Danny Wuerffel is perhaps best known for his football career, which includes four Southeastern Conference championships and the national title at the University of Florida, culminating in his winning the Heisman Trophy in 1996. After retiring from pro ball, Danny became the executive director of the Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans.
Lolis Eric Elie is a staff writer at The Times-Picayune, and produced two documentaries.
William Griffin is a writer and translator who has done major biographical work on Billy Graham.
Darlene MacInnis is a child and youth care worker and a family service worker with Child and Family Services.
Dan Amos is chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated. Mr. Amos has received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award. He was named America's Best CEO for the insurance/life category in 2009 by Institutional Investor magazine.
Nicholas Maxwell has for years argued for revolutionary changes in universities so that they promote wisdom, not merely the acquisition of knowledge. For nearly thirty years he taught philosophy of science at University College in London, where he is now Emeritus Reader.
Emilie Griffin, known to college friends as Russell Dietrich, won awards as an advertising executive in major firms in New York City and New Orleans. She is also an award-winning playwright and the author of sixteen books on Christian spiritual life.
N. H. Atthreya, PhD, is the author of Spiritual Culture in the Corporate Drama, Practice of Excellence, and Towards Heaven on Earth. He lives in Mumbai.
Chris Rose won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his contributions to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Public Service Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Distinguished Commentary that same year.
The Right Honorable Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister.
Welsh economist Sir Clive W. J. Granger, who died in May 2009, was Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, where he taught from 1974 to 2003. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Nottingham, 1956 to 1973, where he earned his doctorate and where the Geography and Economics building is named after him. He wrote numerous books on economics and shared the 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences.
Dan Reiter, PhD, is a professor in and chairman of Emory University's department of political science.
The name of his essay is Democracy and Peace.
Thomas R. McFaul is professor emeritus in ethics and religious studies at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His most recent book is The Future of Peace and Justice in the Global Village: The Role of the World Religions in the Twenty-first Century.
Michael Nagler is professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and developed its courses in nonviolence and meditation.
Rodolphe Adada, a former foreign minister of the Republic of Congo, is now the Joint Special Representative of Unamid.
Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is a media proprietor and philanthropist.
Paul Marek has been a teacher, freelance writer and owner of a wilderness lodge.
Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition.
James K. Glassman is a syndicated columnist, and editor-in-chief and executive publisher of The American. He was sworn in on June 10, 2008, as United States under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.
Dr. Walter Wink is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize, awarded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation for 2006.
New Yorker Alexandra Mack's work has appeared in Vogue, Fashion Rocks and Skirt! magazines, and she is the assistant managing editor of Domino magazine.
Chef Paul Prudhomme always knew he wanted to work in the food business, and right out of high school he opened his first restaurant-a drive-in hamburger place. For many years he cooked in other restaurants, in New Orleans and all over the country, before opening K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in the French Quarter.
Debra Rosenman is the founder and director Project Sweet Dreams, a nonprofit organization that teaches children humane ethics and animal compassion through the study of great apes, focusing on education, fundraising and community relations.
Sharon L. Davie is the editor of University and College Women Centers: A Journey toward Equity. Director of the University of Virginia Women's Center, she is the co-creator of the traveling exhibit "We Have to Dream While Awake: Courage and Change in El Salvador".
Jacob Hornberger practiced law in Texas for thirteen years and serving as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Dallas, he then became director of The Foundation for Economic Education. In 1989 he founded The Future of Freedom Foundation, a libertarian education foundation in Fairfax, Virginia.
James Waller was wrongfully convicted in 1982 and spent ten years in prison and fourteen years on parole before his exoneration in 2007. He currently lives in the Dallas area, where he speaks publicly about his wrongful conviction, works with the homeless, and supports people who have recently been exonerated.
DANIEL P. AGATINO is a writer, professor of communication law, and defense attorney practicing in New Jersey.
Barack Obama was inaugurated as the forty-fourth president of the United States on January 20, 2009.
George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States.
Raya Tahan, has been a staff writer for the Associated Press, taught English as a second language in Budapest, and now heads a law firm in Phoenix, where she volunteers for several nonprofits and enjoys running marathons.
Nigerian native Tunji Lardner is a journalist, social entrepreneur and development communications consultant with experience in Africa and elsewhere.
Marianne Williamson is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace.
Alice Schroeder first met Warren Buffett in 1998. Her book The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2008.
Thomas L. Friedman has written a column for The New York Times since 1981, covering financial news and international relations.
Julie Burtinshaw is the author of five novels and is also a web editor. She is an avid cyclist and does her best to minimize her carbon footprint by walking, cycling or using public transit whenever possible.
Chance events can create life's path. Few individuals have dedicated their lives to studying this phenomenon. Longtime professional speaker King Duncan is one of those few, using his distinctive humor to spread his message about influence and fate.
David Brooks has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He is currently a commentator on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
Don Frampton, senior pastor at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the son of a Presbyterian minister. His church and civic leadership during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been inspiring to many in and beyond St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Lisa Szarkowski, the vice president of public relations for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, manages its Emergency Response, Celebrity Ambassador and Media Relations programs. For the past ten years, she has been part of a team that has increased organizational revenue by more than six hundred percent and helped to develop and launch brand and positioning campaigns. She has traveled extensively within the United States and internationally, in pursuit of zero.
Sage Cohen is author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World.
Perhaps best known as co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Martin Rutte is the president of Livelihood, a management consulting firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that explores the deeper meaning of work and its contribution to society.
George Rodrigue is a Cajun artist originally from New Iberia, Louisiana, best known for his paintings of Cajun folk life until his Blue Dog paintings catapulted him to worldwide fame in the 1990s. He was named Louisiana Artist Laureate in October, 2008.
Dale Brown is a former college basketball coach who spent twenty-five years coaching for Louisiana State University. Twice chosen as the National Coach of the Year, Brown is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Since his retirement from LSU, he has become a successful author, speaker, and commentator.
Nicholas D. Kristof has traveled extensively and writes bi-weekly op-ed columns for the New York Times. With his wife, also a Times journalist, he won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the events at Tiananmen Square, and he won a second in 2006 for his columns on the genocide in Darfur.
Anne Teachworth is the founder and director of the Gestalt Institute of New Orleans/New York, and a Certified Gestalt Counselor, Certified Psychogenetic Trainer, Certified Matchmaker and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and teaches at conferences all over the world.
Chris Wood has taught and coached grades seven through twelve in public and private schools in Anniston, Alabama.
Copthorne Macdonald is a writer and independent scholar. Since 1995 he has tended a website that provides internet access to wisdom-related resources.
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Whether we are religious or not, the heaven-on-earth idea resonates. It is positive in the extreme, and universally understood. It is an idea that stirs the imagination and can motivate us to do something personal to help bring it about. While the 101 essays in this book take 101 different slants on the issue, all are upbeat. And although many of them point out problems and roadblocks, they also highlight solutions and ways around those roadblocks. Most of the essays suggest a particular way of making a contribution to the world around us. None of these contributions, by themselves, will bring about a heaven on earth. But taken together they give us a sense of the power inherent in a multitude of small individual actions. And while none of the suggested ways may be exactly your way or my way, I don't think any of us could read this book without getting our own thoughts deeply stirred. The result: we are very likely to get insight into how we ourselves could nudge the process in the direction of that heaven-on-earth ideal.