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A Compassionate Civilization: The Urgency of Sustainable Development and Mindful Activism

by Robertson Work

 

A Compassionate Civilization: The Urgency of Sustainable Development and Mindful Activism – Reflections and Recommendations was published in August 2017. The author, Robertson Work, is a professor at New York University (NYU), consultant with the United Nations, and activist, and has worked in over 50 countries. He is also the former principal policy adviser on local governance of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), as well as former national director of the nonprofit Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) working in community, organizational, and leadership development.

This thought provoking book aims to inspire and equip mindful activists to promote sustainable development in these critical times. The first half of the book identifies key societal challenges, including climate chaos, oligarchy, and gender inequality, and offers a vision of a positive future. It goes on to analyze obstacles to that future and suggests strategies and actions in six areas of transformation: environmental sustainability, gender equality, socio-economic justice, participatory governance, cultural tolerance and peace and nonviolence.

In its second half, the book identifies the “movement of movements” that will catalyze a compassionate civilization, describes several innovative leadership, including integral, facilitative, and creative approaches that can be utilized, outlines the qualities of global-local citizenship that are needed. The book concludes with a set of tested practices that the mindful activist can use to care for self and others to realize understanding, compassion, peace, and happiness.

The book can be purchased at: www.Amazon.com/dp/1546972617 or ordered from any bookstore. For more information about the author, go to: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertsonwork/. The author can be reached at: .