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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Hawken Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188130
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The New York Times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change

Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location but that is in every city, town, and culture. Though this movement has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media, it is organizing from the bottom up and is emerging as an extraordinary and creative expression of people’s unstoppable need to re-imagine their relationship to the environment and to one another.

Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries of hidden history. A culmination of Hawken’s many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire all who despair of the world’s fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Blessed Unrest is a beautiful, soulful, crucial book. It is a manifesto of hope for the 21st century grounded squarely in the hearts of engaged people around the planet.”

    Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy

  • “Writing with zest, clarity, and a touch of wonder…Hawken offers a fascinating history of our perception of nature and human rights…Fresh and informative, Hawken’s inspired overview charts much that is right in the world.”

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  • “If you have the least bit of concern for the environment, and if for some reason you listen to only one audiobook this year, let it be Blessed Unrest…Paul Garcia captures the passion and purposefulness of Hawken’s writing…[he] knows when to dramatize the statements that form the heart of this treatise.”

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  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 2/16/2014

    " an inspiring book about the growing unrest of people taking action against the violation of their rights by multinational government and business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 2/2/2014

    " A very informative read on the history and current state of environmental and social movements/organizations. I read with a laptop, typing up quotes and quotes of quotes (one of my fav.s: "One of the beauties of biology is that its facts become our metaphors." -Kenny Ausubel) and writing down vocab. I studied this book because some of the facts and stories felt too important not to. For example, the fact that the World Bank only gives loans to developing countries IF they agree to privatize their water. This is shocking, appalling, and important to know. Though I enjoyed this book, it did take me quite awhile to read and process and type up. But it's worth the effort. Also, the overall positivity of this book helps goad you through the more terrible facts and stories. Bad, unbelievable shit is happening all the time, but there are MANY people, more than you'd think, doing something about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/24/2014

    " Very dry read, almost like a textbook, but not very informative. Not at all what I expected from such an inspiring public speaker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kohl Gill | 1/16/2014

    " I was surprised and impressed with BU. Since reading this, I've definitely approached social and environmental justice with a new outlook. NB: a large chunk of this text is a list of relevant organizations that works better on the web. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Witte | 1/11/2014

    " Good overview of different organizations and their efforts around the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carinabarnettloro | 1/8/2014

    " Great message, great inspirational quotations, but loses a little steam toward the end. The first 100 pages are definitely worth reading for anyone in the environmental/social change movement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Carlson | 1/7/2014

    " Very important book for anyone working for environmental/human betterment and development progress. Amazing insights to the connections between the necessities for preserving diversity in all facets of life and culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/5/2014

    " i really like this book so far, even though paul talks about whats going wrong in the world, he also gives a message of hope about whats going right in the world, a breath of fresh air from all the doom and gloom out there right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/5/2014

    " This is the best book on the developing world and a growing number of people creating small projects to end injustice and inequality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/2/2014

    " It was inspiring and informative, but depressing sometimes. Almost half of the book is appendices with information about non-profits and NGOs working for good in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Kouba | 12/21/2013

    " Anyone with concerns for our planet and concerns about the adaptation and response from humans should read this book. One third frightening and depressing, two thirds inspiring, this book will motivate you to join the greatest movement in human history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stinaz | 12/21/2013

    " Poetic account of the environmental movement from it's history to the current networked tide. Optimistic but real and with a lot of good information about what has been achieved and what work is being done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/29/2013

    " A moving, inspiring book. There's just one flaw in his reasoning. He defines all these social justice movements as part of a greater whole. But is the Tea Party included in his criteria? What ARE the criteria? Another book preaching to the choir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer Moffatt | 10/10/2013

    " The importance of not only social justice but economic justice as well. Realizing that this earth is created by God with which we need to be conscious of. Our sustainability is within the make up of this planet and i'm realizing that it is the heart of God to take care of that which is His. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/22/2013

    " Uplifting! read it and get self actualized! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Absurdnerd | 9/12/2013

    " Brilliant work! Hawken's writing is refreshingly beautiful and intelligent. This book has inspired me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 10/24/2012

    " Perhaps the thing I liked best about this book was the sense of hope it imparts to those of us who are overwhelmed by all that "needs to be done" in this world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 8/24/2012

    " So far, so good! Paul Hawken reminds readers of why we should have hope for our future, and what organizations are out there doing good things. It's nice to feel inspired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amelia | 5/23/2012

    " Disappointing overall. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't different or inspiring as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/21/2012

    " Uplifting and inspiring and helped me to understand that just by being a piece of the movement for positive change is powerful. Was reading this as we fought hard for the battle against T-Mobile's antenna farm 40 feet from our home. It was is a balm for the bad days "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greggo | 12/5/2011

    " How the environmental came to be and where it might take us. Interesting, but I learned a lot more for Natural Capitalism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh Stearns | 12/4/2011

    " I'm not sure that I buy all of Hawken's assessment of "a new movement" But, as one expects of Hawken, the information is great and the analysis is compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Bartel | 11/11/2011

    " Though enlightening, the book is about as vague as its title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/7/2011

    " Very hopeful and promising book about people and organizations that are working to promote change and not waiting for governments to get around to leading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tara | 10/29/2011

    " This book is so inspiring - a life changing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 8/29/2011

    " Comes across as one big sound bite, but it's good to hear some optimism and passion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohan | 8/9/2011

    " I think this wasn't as good as The Ecology of Commerce in terms of vision or originality, but it's a handy reference guide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Mann | 4/22/2011

    " Strengthens hope for the future "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/2/2011

    " A convincing overview of environmental and social justice groups acting as a planetary immune system. Similar to Joshua Cooper Ramo, but less certain in this immune system being able to heal the extensive damage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh | 12/21/2010

    " I'm not sure that I buy all of Hawken's assessment of "a new movement" But, as one expects of Hawken, the information is great and the analysis is compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/11/2010

    " A manifesto about how all the little orgs are fighting the good fight. Really fast read, huge appendix. If you're feeling bad about the apocalypse, it will make you feel better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 8/25/2010

    " Anyone with concerns for our planet and concerns about the adaptation and response from humans should read this book. One third frightening and depressing, two thirds inspiring, this book will motivate you to join the greatest movement in human history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeansni | 7/19/2010

    " For people who are trying to make the world a better place, this book give you hope about your efforts and ease those pessimistic phases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 4/23/2010

    " The Movement of Movements - the self-organizing, powerful and natural force of mankind forming a new paradigm of conscious co-creation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/16/2010

    "
    I ranked this a bit on the high side for the hope and optimism it
    inspired in me during the dark days at the end of this winter.
    The pure number and variety of organizations at work around the world was reassuring. Great writing, not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benoît | 4/7/2010

    " Paul Hawken delves into attempting to qualify the "movement of movements" in this uplifting book. Strongly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Floyd | 2/15/2010

    " This should be required reading. "

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About the Author

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and bestselling author of several books. He is the architect and leading proponent of reform with respect to ecological practices. He currently operates a nonprofit organization.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.