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Active Hope
How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.


“Books about social and ecological change too often leave out a vital component: how do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to fully contribute to this great shift?  Active Hope  fills this gap beautifully, guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection, and, ultimately, transformation.”
—  Naomi Klein , author of  The Shock Doctrine

“To the future beings of the twenty-second century,  Active Hope  might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first.”
—  Bill Plotkin , author of  Soulcraft  and  Nature and the Human Soul

“More than any book I’ve read,  Active Hope  shows us the true dimensions of this crisis, and the way our heart and actions can be part of the great turning toward healing. Please read this book and share it with others — for your own awakening, for our children, and for our future.”
—  Tara Brach, PhD , author of  Radical Acceptance

Active Hope  is a brilliant guide to sanity and love.”
—  Roshi Joan Halifax , abbot of the Upaya Zen Center

“If you have despaired for our world, and if you love life,  Active Hope  will be for you an extraordinary blessing.”
—  John Robbins , author of  Diet for a New America  and  The Food Revolution

Active Hope  is not just a book but a gateway to transformation.”
—  Jim Douglass , author of  JFK and the Unspeakable

About the Author

Ecophilosopher  Joanna Macy, PhD , is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and the environment, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. Physician and coach  Dr. Chris Johnstone  is a specialist in the psychology of resilience, happiness, and positive change.

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