At a time when most communities' resources are stretched past the breaking point, how is it possible to deal with the enormous challenges that families, neighborhoods, cities, regions, and nations face today? This inspiring book takes readers to seven communities around the world where the people have walked out of limiting beliefs and practices that precluded solutions to major social problems, and walked on to discover bold new ways to meet their needs. This book is a true learning journey, filled with intimate stories and portraits of the people and places the authors came to know through years of working together to transform their communities. The journey begins in Mexico, then moves to Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Greece and the U.S. The authors' lives and ways of thinking have been transformed by these experiences and relationships - an experience they hope to recreate for the reader through vivid prose and photos. The reader will experience first hand how a change of beliefs about people results in new capacities and the possibility of a more healthy future.
Margaret J. Wheatley is President Emerita and founder of The Berkana Institute, Meg has been working with people for many years to develop new practices and ideas for organizing people and communities. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author of several bestselling titles: Leadership and the New Science, A Simpler Way, Turning to One Another, and most recently, Finding Our Way. Deborah Frieze is Brand Steward and former co-president of Berkana and co-founder of the Berkana Exchange. An entrepreneur, business strategist and social activist, Debbie joined Berkana in 2002 to help bring Berkana's vision into the world and grow the Institute. She is currently involved with several Berkana initiatives, include Feeding Ourselves Sustainably, Swaraj University and multiple Illumination and Thought Leadership projects. Debbie is also a member of The Tipping Point Network, a group seeking to catalyze a globally sustainable economy by focusing philanthropic donations on sustainable markets. Debbie has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.