Visionaries

Visionaries

by Jay Walljasper, Jon Spayde, Utne Reader Staff
     
 

Praised by The New York Times as "one of the most distinctive voices in magazine journalism, " the Utne Reader's mission has been to uncover the important and inspiring news that the major media overlooks. Now, with that same dedication, the editors of Utne have profiled more than sixty of the world's most original thinkers who are often right

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Praised by The New York Times as "one of the most distinctive voices in magazine journalism, " the Utne Reader's mission has been to uncover the important and inspiring news that the major media overlooks. Now, with that same dedication, the editors of Utne have profiled more than sixty of the world's most original thinkers who are often right at the center of that news, focusing on their ideas, their inspiration, and their visions of the future.

These are not the usual "visionaries." Coming from monasteries and urban ghettos, working at architecture firms and restaurants, living in Berkeley and Bangladesh, being under 35 and over 80, the visionaries in this book share one crucial asset: hope for the future. Hope for finding broader meaning and greater joy in our lives. Hope for the restoration of the planet. Hope for a social and economic order that uses the welfare of the weakest, not the strongest, as its gauge of success.

Well-illustrated with photographs of the subjects who are grouped into six categories-spirit, design, environment, social action, health, and culture-Visionaries is an inspiring and invaluable resource that will have profound appeal for activists, concerned citizens and all those "cultural creatives" who make up Utne's 600,000 loyal readers.

Featuring:
Folk-rock musician, Ani DiFranco
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Thich Nhat Hahn
Pagan witch, Starhawk
Catholic priest, Thomas Berry
Eco-architect, William McDonough
Feminist scholar, bell hooks
Sustainable business guru, Paul Hawken

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsz
Foreword by Eric Utne
Introduction

The Spirit Moving Us

Introduction
Thomas Berry
Satish Kumar
Stephen & Ondrea Levine
Thich Nhat Hahn
Zalman Schachter-Shalomiv
Starhawk

The Sense of Community

Introduction
Ernesto Cortes Jr.
Roberta Brandes Gratz
Jane Jacobs

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Holding that humans are infinitely capable of evolving emotionally and spiritually, Utne editorial director Walljasper, contributing editor Jon Spayde, and the editors of the Utne Reader offer inspiring, real-life tales of visionaries around the globe who foster enlightened living in the 21st century. These activists come from all walks of life (from crone to restaurant owner to sustainable business guru) and represent various faiths, races, ages, and income levels. Their efforts, ranging from social action to green advocacy to the healing of spirit, body, and senses, are presented in well-written topical overviews and biographical sketches. A selected resources section at the end of each sketch lists the individual's publications. The book includes some famous faces (e.g., Starhawk, Octavia Butler, Alice Waters), giving it mass appeal as a basic reference on "new-type" thinkers. Be advised, though: inspiring chronicles rarely serve as a catalyst for real inner change; this is not a self-help book, as the authors suggest. It is, however, an easy-to-read and illuminating account of meaningful lives, making it a worthwhile choice for larger public libraries.-Lisa Liquori, MLS, Syracuse, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865714458
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2001
Series:
Utne Reader Bks.
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.65(d)

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