Book Study Group - Next Book Poll
Please rank each book according to your preference for our next book. The poll will close on Sunday, September 8 at 10pm ET. We will announce our next book on Monday, September 9.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries From a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
--288 pages, 36 chapter/short essays + forward, Intro and Afterword
--From the David Suzuki Institute
--The first book in the Mysteries of Nature Trilogy by the author
Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing process of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonder of which we are blissfully unaware. Trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary tress, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. The eco-friendly practices of trees model economically sustainable ways of living and benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.
Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change by Thomas F. Sheridan
--304 pages, 8 chapters + Prologue
--"How to effect positive social change by the top progressive white hat lobbyist in Washington"
'Helping the Good Do Better' pulls back the curtain on the corridors of power in Washington to reveal how social change really happens. This book offers lessons from the trenches on how some of this generation's most defining social issues--AIDS, disabilities, global poverty, cancer, human trafficking, national service, early childhood education, and social entrepreneurship--engendered landmark federal policies. Each chapter tells the story of how a particular issue was shaped by the movements and legislation at the center of public debate. Each case provides powerful lessons about how coalitions are built, strategies crafted, and powerful interests challenged in high-stakes, no-holds-barred, political battles.
A Golden Civilization and The Map of Mindfulness by George Kinder
--355 pages, Many topics/essays (contents is copyrighted)
--Author may be willing to do a Zoom chat or webinar following book discussion
--Many figures, charts, appendices; "not as easy a read as Charles' [book]"
Kinder intriguingly marries Buddhist mindfulness precepts (including the concepts of freedom within the present moment) with an analysis of the structural systems of economics, democracy and the concept of leadership. He is also action oriented and includes many policy proposals, ending every section with Action Steps and Basic Principles for democracy, media, markets, and leaders. Even more important for him than a deep and thoughtful analysis of the structural problems and possible solutions is forming and holding a vision of the "golden civilization" we want. He is on a year-long crusade to gather groups from diverse classes, races, geographical areas to brainstorm the elements of a golden civilization, specific possible ways to achieve them, the potential obstacles to overcome, and specific action commitments from participants, acting individually or collaboratively. Reassuringly, the visions are remarkably similar within and outside this country.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries From a Secret World
Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change
A Golden Civilization and The Map of Mindfulness
This form was created inside of Elders Action Network.
Terms of Service