Getting in the Gap

The practice of meditation takes us on a fabulous journey into the gap between our thoughts, where all the advantages of a more peaceful, stress-free, healthy, and fatigue-free life are available, but which are simply side benefits. The paramount reason for daily meditation is to get into the gap between our thoughts, and make conscious contact with the creative energy of life itself. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explains the soul-nourishing meditation technique for making conscious contact with God, which the ancient masters have told us about.

You have the potential to be an instrument of the highest good for all concerned and to be a literal miracle worker in your own life. No person, government, or religion can legitimately claim to do this for you. "In fact," says Dr. Dyer, "I agree with Carl Jung who said, 'One of the main functions of formalized religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God.'" When you master getting into the gap and staying there for prolonged segments of meditation, and experience what you bring back to the material world, you will know your answer to the question: "Why meditate?"


The Car and the City

Here's some provocative bus reading! Many people recognize that the increasing number of automobiles is choking our cities-polluting our air, endangering our streets, and isolating us from our communities. This book shows how resurgent cities could make cars work again, and even solve problems ranging from oil wars to urban decay, rising seas to violent crime. Not just an analytic approach to economic and environmental urban concerns, The Car and the City is an offbeat journey through three great metropolises. Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver-by car, train, bus, bicycle, and foot. It's a fascinating conversation with people who are quietly, but radically, rearranging the furniture of the modern city.


Alternative Budgets

Alternative budgets are becoming an increasingly popular form of political action both in Canada and internationally. They are a means of advancing an alternative social and economic perspective to the neo-conservative agenda of slashing social services, reducing the role of the government and cutting taxes for the rich, all in the name of "necessity." Alternative budgets demonstrate that there really are more enlightened alternatives which are, at the same time, fiscally responsible. They show that budgets can be pro-poor, pro-women and pro-environment. They can also represent an important form of democratic activity as ordinary people are encouraged to participate and contribute. This book outlines the basics of budgeting, examines both the technical and the political content of budgets, and how balanced budget legislation imposes fiscal constraints on governments.It explores the origins of alternative budgets in Canada and examines the experience at federal, provincial and civic levels. It analyzes the objectives, organization and content of alternative budgets in Canada, and how they are circulated. It also draws on international experience on women’s budgets and the Porto Alegre democratic budgeting.


Visionaries: People & Ideas to Change Your Life

Visionaries presents some of the most catalytic visions of the future from some of the most original minds of our times. A diverse group-scientists and mystics, activists and business leaders, physicians and poets-offers ideas that can change the way you think about the future in exhilarating new ways. Culled from the authors' sixteen years of monitoring fresh ideas and new wisdoms at Utne Reader, these inspiring stories offer hope that humans can cooperatively shape their future.


The Chalice and the Blade

The phenomenal bestseller, with more than 500,000 copies sold worldwide, now with a new epilogue from the author--The Chalice and the Blade has inspired a generation of women and men to envision a truly egalitarian society by exploring the legacy of the peaceful, goddess-worshipping cultures from our prehistoric past.


This Place on Earth

Simplify, downshift, sustainability. What does it all mean? Alan Durning returns to his home ground to consciously carve out a new life away from the mainstream of politics and power. This Place on Earth is both a personal journey and a working blueprint for anyone interested in a better life.


The Tao of Negotiation

This groundbreaking book views conflict as a mirror of our own lives and attitudes. Bringing East and West together in a "spiritually practical" approach to negotiation and conflict prevention, The Tao of Negotiation teaches us how to regain and maintain our sense of personal power in all forms of negotiation and how to use that power wisely and compassionately--with the aim of maximizing harmony and understanding in our business and personal lives. Readers can immediately use the techniques in The Tao Negotiation to improve communication skills, defuse potential conflicts, and pave the way for peaceful and rewarding interactions in their business and personal lives.


Banishing Bureaucracy

David Osborne's 1992 bestseller, Reinventing Government, was a landmark book that identified ten principles for creating a more efficient government. This essential sequel goes one step further, focusing on strategic levers for changing public systems and organizations on a permanent basis to achieve dynamic increases in effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, and capacity to innovate. In an age of disillusionment with public service, Banishing Bureaucracy offers inspiring stories of organizations that really work and provides specific recipes for effective change. Here is a road map by which reinventors can actually make "reinvention" work.


In Praise of Public Life

In a vigorous defense of public life, Senator Joseph Lieberman, one of the most articulate and respected of our politicians, defines the duty, the honor and the privilege of public life in the face of Americans' perennial cynicism about it. Americans have always been suspicious of government and have misunderstood and mistrusted those in public life. This attitude is even more prevalent as the boundaries that once separated public and private have fallen. Lieberman argues that some of the public's mistrust is based on a misconception of what public life is and why we need it. He then describes that life as he has lived it over the last three decades -- with all its purpose, privileges, pressures and pleasures.

Drawing widely from his own experience as a politician and his pride in public service, Lieberman makes a passionate, hopeful argument for the value of public life -- its place and necessity in our democracy and our need for more Americans to embrace it if we are to sustain our self-government.

Lieberman asks fundamental questions about what standards of behavior should be expected of politicians in the sharply partisan, big-money, search-and-destroy atmosphere of politics today. Who should set these standards? Is there room for a public figure to "be human," to "make mistakes"? Is there a line beyond which the personal behavior of a public official is nobody's business? Do citizens have an obligation to understand and determine the responsibilities of public life?


The Ecology of Commerce

The Ecology Of Commerce is a critical analysis of the way we conduct our business and our society today, whether we work for Earth First or DuPont. Decidedly non-aligned with either the left or right, Hawken's book demonstrates clearly that only cooperation from all sides will lead us towards a sustainable future.

His suggestions for turning in this direction include:

  • Reduce absolute consumption of energy and natural resources in the North by 80 percent within the next half century
  • Provide secure, stable, and meaningful employment for people everywhere
  • Be self-actuating as opposed to regulated or morally mandated
  • Honor market principles
  • Be more rewarding than our present way of life
  • Exceed sustainability by restoring degraded habitats and ecosystems to their fullest biological capacity
  • Rely on current income
  • Be fun and engaging, and strive for an aesthetic outcome

The Inner Green

By K. Linda Kivi and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes  

This delightful book is about personal discovery and reverence for the Columbia Mountain Region.  If you want to explore one of the loveliest places on Earth, while gaining insights into its special beauty, its ecology and the people who inhabit it, this is a book you should read. -- Joan Snyder, PhD, Wildlife Biologist  

This powerfully felt and deeply thoughtful book is full of stories, adventure and observations.  K. Linda Kivi and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes have explored their connections to place and captured the essence of the ecosystems of the Interior Temperate Rainforest.  The Inner Green is the kind of book I have been searching for - it is destined to become a classic of its kind. - Luanne Armstrong, writer and author of The Bone Housep>


Chronicles of Dissent

An Accessible Overview of Noam Chomsky's Political Thought.

Chomsky feels the abuses, cruelty and hypocrisies of power more intensely than anyone I know. It's a state of continual alertness. Often, after I've glanced at a story in the paper and skipped rapidly over the familiar rubble of falsification, a week or two later will drop into my mailbox a photocopy of that same story marked up by Chomsky, with sentences underlined and a phrase or two in the margin etched deep into the paper by an angry pen.

What Chomsky offers is a coherent "big picture," buttressed by the data of a thousand smaller pictures and discrete theaters of conflict, struggle and oppression.... For hundreds of thousands of people--over the years, he must have spoken to more American students than any person alive--Chomsky has offered the assurance, the intellectual and moral authority, that there is another way of looking at things. In this vital function he stands in the same relationship to his audience as did a philosopher he admires greatly, Bertrand Russell.


Acts of Balance

The struggle to save the Earth has become less environmental and more economic as globalization increases corporate power. The alternative is the growing movement for smaller, ecologically-based economies. By examining several cases in the US and Canada, Acts of Balance provides evidence that future economic opportunities exist when local residents steward their resource base not when non-locals have the power to plunder it. Citing the US’ northwest economy which grew after logging was reduced to protect the spotted owl, the book demonstrates why a concerted effort by government, industry, and activists is needed to redirect development.


The Nature of Economies

Jane Jacobs has spent years changing the way we think about economic life in general. Now, in The Nature of Economies, Jacobs proposes a radical notion that has breath-taking common sense: economies are governed by the same rules as nature itself. With the simplicity of an extremely wise and seasoned thinker, Jane Jacobs shows us that by looking to nature, we can develop economies that are both efficient and ecologically friendly.

The Nature of Economies is written in dialogue form: five intelligent friends discussing over coffee how economies work. The result is a wonderfully provocative, truly ground-breaking work by one of the great thinkers of our time.


Toward the Livable City

Toward the Livable City is intended for commuters, suburbanites, and city dwellers who are both curious about making their lives more livable and interested in knowing what that might mean. Combining firsthand accounts of the attractions and distractions of city life, this book also introduces a wide range of perspectives about creating successful, livable cities, with examples from across America and around the world. The book conveys what leading thinkers say about such topics as smart growth, opportunity-based housing, traffic calming, pedestrian rights, regional planning, riverfront redevelopment, urban agriculture, and the pleasures of sauntering with one’s neighbors down tree-lined streets to restaurants, theaters, and shops.


Kokanee

In Kokanee: The Redfish and the Kootenay Bioregion, writer and ecologist Don Gayton tells the kokanee’s story, from the cataclysmic Ice Age events that gave birth to the species through its heyday as a sporting fish, to current threats to its existence. The story of the kokanee is the story of the delicate balance between land and water, and between people and nature.


Writings on an Ethical Life

Love him or hate him, you certainly can't ignore him. For the past twenty years, Australian philosopher and professor of bioethics Peter Singer has pushed the hot buttons of our collective conscience. In addition to writing the book that sparked the modern animal rights movement, Singer has challenged our most closely held beliefs on the sanctity of human life, the moral obligation's of citizens of affluent nations toward those living in the poorest countries of the world, and much more, with arguments that intrigue as often and as powerfully as they incite.

Writings On An Ethical Life offers a comprehensive collection of Singer's best and most provocative writing, as chosen by Singer himself. Among the controversial subjects addressed are the moral status of animals, environmental account-ablility, abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and the ultimate choice of living an ethical life. This book provides an unsurpassed one-volume view of both the underpinnings and the applications of Singer's governing philosophy.


First Democracy

Americans have an unwavering faith in democracy and are ever eager to import it to nations around the world. But how democratic is our own "democracy"? If you can vote, if the majority rules, if you have elected representatives--does this automatically mean that you have a democracy? In this eye-opening look at an ideal that we all take for granted, classical scholar Paul Woodruff offers some surprising answers to these questions. Drawing on classical literature, philosophy, and history--with many intriguing passages from Sophocles, Aesop, and Plato, among others--Woodruff immerses us in the world of ancient Athens to uncover how the democratic impulse first came to life. The heart of the book isolates seven conditions that are the sine qua non of democracy: freedom from tyranny (including the tyranny of majority rule), harmony (the blending of different views), the rule of law, natural equality, citizen wisdom, reasoning without knowledge, and general education. He concludes that a true democracy must be willing to invite everyone to join in government. It must respect the rule of law so strongly that even the government is not above the law. True democracy must be mature enough to accept changes that come from the people. And it must be willing to pay the price of education for thoughtful citizenship. Ancient Athens didn't always live up to these ideals. Nor does modern America. If we learn anything from the story of Athens, Woodruff concludes, it should be this--never lose sight of the ideals of democracy. This compact, eloquent book illuminates these ideals and lights the way as we struggle to keep democracy alive at home and around the world.


Citizen's Hall

Based on years of practical experience in small towns, Carrel argues for municipal autonomy--for turning what are now "colonies" of the federal and provincial orders of government into independent, mature, and fully democratic entities. For Carrel, the citizen is the sole legitimate source of political power, and the best tool for citizen empowerment is the controversial tool of the referendum.

This is the story of how a small municipality broke the rules of local government. It also recounts the author's irreverence for the status quo and his ideas on the rebuilding of citizenship at the community level.


From the Ground up

Integrating some of the best of New Left thought with more contemporary populist and Green perspectives, Benello’s essays—and the commentaries of Harry Boyte, Steve Chase, Walda Katz-Fishman, Jane Mansbridge, Dmitri Roussopoulos and Chuck Turner—offer important insights for today’s new generation of practical utopians.


The Power of Partnership

This powerful book urges readers to examine their relationships - with themselves, their families, their work and communities, their spirituality, and the environment - to determine which of two models dictates their behavior, and then shows how they can improve. The dominator model is based on fear; the partnership model on respect. With practical suggestions for breaking free of the dominator model and moving into partnership, this book shows how respect in relationships can create a better life and a better world. Charts and tables are included.


Seeing the Forest

Seeing the Forest Among the Treesis a personal statement, reflecting Herb Hammond’s love and knowledge of the forest and his disillusionment with current forestry practices. It presents a wide ranging discussion of many aspects of forests—such as ecology, economics, politics, and spiritual values—and examines these issues in a format readily understandable to the lay reader. Essentially a forest ecology text, it contains basic information about forests, not just as groups of trees, but as a living whole...as a complex web of interacting organisms.


Better, Not Bigger

In Better NOT Bigger....Fodor explodes the fundamental myth that growth is good for us and that more development will bring in more tax money, add jobs, lower housing costs, and reduce property taxes. Lively and well-illustrated, Better NOT Bigger provides insights, ideas, and tools to empower citizens to switch off their local "growth machine" by debunking the pro-growth rhetoric. Highly accessible to ordinary citizens as well as professional planners.