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Better World Handbook : From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions

Better World Handbook : From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0865714427

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ISBN10: 0865714428
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Publisher: New Society Publishers
Published: 2001
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Better World Handbook : From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0865714427

Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, Brian Klocke and Brett Johnson

ISBN13: 978-0865714427
ISBN10: 0865714428
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: New Society Publishers

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

It would be a perfect world if everyone could quit their jobs and devote themselves fully to the causes they believed in. Instead, The Better World Handbook shows caring, but busy people how to live out their progressive values and have a life! The principle behind this engaging guide is to incorporate everyday activism into even the most mundane areas of our lives - like grocery shopping, banking, eating, reading the newspaper, and working.

The book begins with a concise summary of our society's most pressing problems that lead directly to seven foundations necessary for building a better world: economic fairness, comprehensive peace, ecological sustainability, deep democracy, social justice, a culture of simplicity, and revitalized community. Subsequent chapters are organized around intuitive topics such as Food, Money, Transportation, Work, and Media, focusing on activities that support the seven foundations for a better world. A purchase can allow a locally owned business to thrive; money invested in the right bank can create opportunities for poor communities; a vacation can contribute to preserving wilderness areas; tuning-in to public and alternative media can put readers back in control of their thoughts, feelings and values that mainstream media marginalize.

Practical and extremely well researched by four university instructors who have synthesized knowledge from a wide variety of sources, The Better World Handbook provides readers with the essential information they need to take effective actions that will make a difference across the entire spectrum of the world's problems.

All four authors live in Boulder, Colorado where they are instructors at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Each author is deeply committed to activism. The authors teach classes in Social Movements, Race Relations, Gender Issues, and Nonviolence.

Table of Contents

I. Building A Better World

The Cycle Of Cynicism
The Cycle Of Hope
The 9 Traps That Stop Us

II. 7 Foundations Of A Better World

1. Economic Fairness
2. Comprehensive Peace
3. Ecological Sustainability
4. Deep Democracy
5. Social Justice
6. Culture Of Simplicity
7. Revitalized Community

III. Actions For A Better World

Chapter 1 -- Money
Chapter 2 -- Shopping
Chapter 3 -- Food
Chapter 4 -- Personal
Chapter 5 -- Friends & Family
Chapter 6 -- Community
Chapter 7 -- Home
Chapter 8 -- Work
Chapter 9 -- Media
Chapter 10 - Politics
Chapter 11 - Transportation
Chapter 12 - Travel
Chapter 13 - Organizations

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