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Asset Mapping

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding & Mobilizing a Community's Assets by John L. McKnight & John P. Kretzmann. http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/abcd.html


All Marketers are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World by Seth Godin. For more information see www.allmarketersareliars.com.

Beyond Capitalism by David Korten

Flight of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

Paradigms In Progress: Life Beyond Economics by Hazel Henderson

Post Corporate World by David Korten

Conflict Management

The Third Side: Why We Fight and How Can We Stop by William Ury


Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World b7 Paul H. Ray


Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond


Brothers of the Grape by Arnold Michael

International Cooperation

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community by David C. Korten

Justice & Peacebuilding

The following books are part of the series: The Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding, published by Good Books (www.goodbks.com; 800-762-7171), in cooperation with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding of Eastern Mennonite University. The books cost $4.95 and less if ordered in bulk. Contact Good Books to order.

The Little Book of Family Group Conferences: New Zealand Style, by Allan MacRae & Howard Zehr.

The Little Book of Trauma Healing, by Carolyn Yoder.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools, by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy H. Mullet.

The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding, by Lisa Schirch.


Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through The Dangers of Leading by Ronald A.


What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World by Wm. H. Thomas, M.D.

Personal Peace

Age-ing To Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories for a Better World by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, et al

Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life by Cecile Andrews

Eat by Choice, Not by Habit by Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD

Holodynamics by Vernon Woolf, Ph.D.

The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Create a More Peaceful World by Louise Diamond

The PeaceFinder: Riley McFee's Quest for World Peace by Joan McWilliams. 

Politics of Peace

Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff

Peace in Our Lifetime: Insights from the World's Peacemakers by Susan Skog

Politics of Hope: Reviving the Dream of Democracy by Donna Zajonc

Social History

The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler

Social Justice

Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions by Ellis Jones, et al


Journey for Peace: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; photos by Manuel Bauer; text by Matthieu Ricard & Christian Schmidt


Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands by Brad Lancaster ( http://www.harvestingrainwater.com)

Violence Healing & Preventing

Common Shock, Witnessing Violence Every Day: how we are harmed and how we heal

by Kaethe Weingarten

Making Peace: Healing a Violent World by Carolyn McConnell & Sarah Ruth Van


Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic by James Gilligan



Mother Earth News (www.motherearthnews.com)

Mother Jones (www.motherjones.com)

Ode Magazine (www.odemagazine.com)

Permaculture Activist ( http://www.permacultureactivist.net/subscribe/subscrip.htm)

Yes Magazine (www.yesmagazine.org)

Sierra Club Magazine (www.sierraclub.org)




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