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|"A compelling and inspirational book..."|
|"...a wonderfully rich collection of insights, analyses, and possibilities..."|
|"...thorough and practical..."|
|"...a powerful message about individual responsibility and community action that can change the world..."|
|"...Ingenious and inspiring new thinking..."|
|"This is a no-nonsense book about vision and action!"|
||We are in deep trouble. We live in a world that works for only a few. It doesn’t work for those it purports to serve. This world was created by a shift in consciousness, a shift to exclusivity. Through the practice of exclusivity, “I am separate”, we have created a soul-starved society. Exclusivity has created societal and personal problems that are fundamental, nightmarish, complex and interlocking: The Mess. The Mess leads to an inner emptiness, a hunger for the Sacred.|
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|However, we can change this. We can create a world that works for all. We can shift our consciousness, our compassion and our actions to inclusivity: “We are One”. Through inclusivity, we can create a world that works for all. The Mess is based on an outmoded and dysfunctional story: we can articulate and practice a new story for a new, inclusive society.|
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|Introductory Essay by Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic|
|"Humankind today is well aware of the spectrum of threats looming over its head. ... And yet, even though we are aware of these dangers, we do almost nothing to avert them."|
|In the midst of unprecedented disharmony, we have an opportunity that may not come again for another millenium: to craft a society that actually reflects our deepest values.|
|Our social and ecological statistics are telling us what we already know in our hearts: we have created a world that works for only a few. ... To change this, we must learn to act toward each other and our environment in profoundly different ways.|
|PART ONE: ENVISIONING AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY|
|Chapter One: The Vision|
|Do you feel the promise in these perilous
times? Despite our many challenges, do these times feel hopeful to
you in some way? Does it seem to you that something is ready to change?
The hard fact is that getting to a world that works for all will take a more rigorous analysis and more sophisticated actions, both internal and external, than our current political, social, and even spiritual leaders are advocating.
|Chapter Two: The Nightmare: A World on the Brink|
|We are in deep trouble. We live
in a world that works for only a few. It does not work for those
it purports to serve.
We have created a world of interlocked and mutually reinforcing problems and crises: The Mess. We each are responsible for destroying the Earth, although none of us wants to destroy the Earth. We are being destroyed by our story.
However, we can change this. We have the ability to create a world that works for all.
|Chapter Three: Inclusivity - Spirit and Practice|
|To change our world, we need:
We can change our society by practicing the 12 steps of inclusivity.
|PART TWO: A NEW ANALYSIS FOR A NEW SOCIETY|
|To create a world for all, the necessary change in consciousness is specific: from “I am separate; there is not enough for all” to “we are one; the Earth is abundant”. We have to move from the values of Breakers [exclusivity] back to the values of Keepers [inclusivity].|
|Chapter Four: Stop Blaming Others -- You Are the Problem!|
|In order to write the script for a new
society, we must empty ourselves of our outmoded beliefs.
In order to understand the magnitude of the change, a new analysis is necessary. The elements of the new analysis includes:
|Chapter Five: The Story -- How Things Got to Be This Way|
|We each are enacting a story, an explanation of how things work. The story of the Breaker society is the story of our ecological, social and spiritual destruction.|
|Chapter Six: How the Breaker Story Maintains Itself|
|A story represents a group's long-term
survival strategy. If a particular story helps the next generation
to make it in the world, the story is repeated, refined and enhanced.
If our story is inappropriate and dysfunctional, does that mean we are stuck with it?
|PART THREE: THE REVOLUTION TO INCLUSIVITY|
|Menders are spiritual activists. Our work is both internal and external.|
|Chapter Seven: The Internal Revolution -- Feeding Your Internal Hunger|
|The transformation to a world that works
for all is is based on our deepest transcendent values; it is spiritual.
Internally, we can develop the practices that will nurture the Mender story. These practices include:
|Chapter Eight: The External Revolution -- Practicing Inclusivity with Others|
|Externally, how we act in the world will
catalyze the shift to the Mender Era. The shifts include:
|Conclusion: Making the Commitment|
|Each of us can make a commitment to a world that works for all.|
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“CREATING A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL”
|“A compelling and inspirational book that
ignites creativity and a renewed commitment to re-dream and mend a world
that works for all. No other book addresses our current situation
in a thorough and practical way.”
Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.
|“This is a wonderfully rich collection
of insights, analyses, and possibilities. It provides stimulating
guidance for those of us who want to live in a world that works for all.”
|“Creating is a powerful message about
individual responsibility and community action that can change the world.
Thoughtful, provocative and compassionate, Creating should be on the bookshelf
of every caring person involved in social change.”
Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey
|“Ingenious and inspiring new thinking
about the personal realizations we need in order to do whatever we do,
whoever we are, to make this a better world.”
|“This is a no-nonsense book about vision
and action! I believe that both the great adventure, and the great
challenge of our time, is to strengthen the link between the inner, personal
transformation that many of us are engaged with our action and service
in the world. Sharif Abdullah gives us insights and clear, practical
suggestions for both our inner and outer work, and beautifully illustrates
their all important connection. I consider it a must read for those concerned
with inquiry, vision and action.”
|“Sharif Abdullah brings us the prophetic
message that to change the world we must first change the way we see the
world. The path to inclusivity begins with our personal spiritual awakening
to the reality that all life flows from a single spiritual unity.”
David C. Korten
"CREATING A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL"
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