READING

The following are resources recommended by the OLLI class participants and viewers of this blog.  A short description is supplied where available.

Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution, by Barbara Marx Hubbard.  This is the class textbook for the fall semester.  In it Barbara reveals her vision for what the future can look like and how we can be part of making it happen.  It includes many resources for the transition already taking place, plus inspirational messages from over a dozen other visionaries who are helping to bring this change about in many different fields of endeavor.

2013 Catalyst – Issue #2 – 1/26/2013

2013 Catalyst – Issue #1 – 1/13/2013 – news from the global Birth 2012 group

Sacred Economics, by Charles Eisenstein -traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. [suggested by Fred Jakolat]

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell.  The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. [suggested by Ginger W.]

 Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.  In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within.  Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? [suggested by Ginger W.]

One response

15 09 2012
ayucht

Consider broadening this to include other resources beyond books – for instance, this article/interview: http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/09/how-culture-drove-human-evolution/

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