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
“Joanna Macy is one of the great teachers of this age. What a delight,
then, to read her latest work, written with medical doctor and addiction
specialist Chris Johnstone. Active Hope helps us to gaze
unflinchingly at the horrors that confront us, to honor the pain we feel
for our world, and to allow the truth to strengthen rather than
paralyze us. It’s hard to think of a more important task than to empower
us ordinary folk with tools that allow us to engage with the monumental
challenges that confront us — tools that nourish our creativity and
bolster our confidence and resilience. If you want to serve the living
Earth but don’t know how, if you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of
the task ahead, if you want to find the part that only you can play in
the ‘great work,’ please read this book.”
— John Seed, OAM, founder of the Rainforest Information
- Sales of the original edition, published in 2012, are over 45,000 copies.
- Newly revised to reflect the authors’ evolving thoughts as ecological crises deepen.
Size. 5½" x 8½". Paperback Book.