Published on 1st June 2023, you can now order copies from:
Silverwood Books Paperback
Amazon Paperback or E-book
About Journey to Hopeful Futures
Journey to Hopeful Futures proposes that each of us individually needs to go on a journey of discovery and learning within self, community, planet and cosmos to understand what is happening to the planet and to own the undoubted pain in our hearts with love – the same love that we hold for our families and those dear to us. From such understanding and love we can start to take action both individually and with others. We can help to change the predominant exploitative paradigm which is damaging the earth and much of society to one which respects the natural systems on which life depends, starts to restore the earth and totally changes our society so that it becomes, in Thomas Berry’s words, a ‘mutually enhancing society within planet earth’ (1999). This is the ‘hopeful future’towards which this travelogue is aimed. I encourage readers to go on their own ‘hopeful journey’
In exploring an emerging participatory view of the world, the book argues that every single person is needed to create hopeful futures and that all our different skills are valuable for the tasks ahead. The book uses story from family and daily life to suggest faithfulness over years, outlining that taking action year by year is needed and necessary to create futures which are hopeful and not full of doom and despair and as such good for our mental health and well being.
My hope is that the book will inspire the reader to experiment and create their own journey of transformation into the wider planet and cosmos as well as still continuing to foster their own individual well-being and that of the business, organisation or community they participate within, finding within first, second and third person action research methods for the journey.
Publication Date 1 June 2023
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Extent 486 pages
Thema RN Rights Worldwid
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