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dare to lead

Dare to Lead

Bold Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
$37.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9780399592522
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In her previous bestsellers, Brené Brown explored what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Leadership is not about titles, status, and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference, and lead.


When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that’s necessary to do good work.


But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that were choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time were scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage to start.

Brené Brown spent decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. In recent years, she found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and big companies, are asking the same questions: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program.

Brene writes,

One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed, and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviors. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.

Among Brené Brown’s other books are Daring Greatly and Braving the Wilderness.



A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place
$38.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781571313799
In stock now: 1

This multicultural anthology is about the enduring importance and shifting associations of the hearth in our world.

A hearth is many things: a place for solitude; a source of identity; something we make and share with others; a history of ourselves and our homes. It is the fixed center we return to. It is just as intrinsically portable. It is, in short, the perfect metaphor for what we seek in these complex and contradictory times—set in flux by climate change, mass immigration, the refugee crisis, and the dislocating effects of technology.

The contributions, written expressly for this anthology, explore ideas about what, if anything, takes the place of hearth in the lives of refugees and immigrants, and how ideas of hearth have evolved for a young generation in a globalized world. With passion and care, these authors celebrate natural and spiritual hearths, or mourn hearths that are being destroyed—never to be replaced—in our increasingly endangered, highly populated, but still natural world.

Featuring original contributions from some of our most cherished voices—including Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer, Natasha Trethewey, and Chigozie Obioma—Hearth suggests that empathy and storytelling hold the power to unite us when we have wandered alone for too long. This is an essential anthology that challenges us to redefine home and hearth: as a place to welcome strangers, to be generous, to care for the world beyond one’s own experience.

All around the world, individuals, families, friends, and neighbors gather around a campfire or a computer, a kitchen table or an auditorium stage to share ideas, and warmth, and often food. This book, we hope, may become one such gathering place where questions are asked that have no answers, but where the talk goes on and on, connecting us in peace and trust. Keeping the fire alive.

21 lessons for the 21st century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

$34.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780771048852
In stock now: 7

With Sapiens and Homo Deus, historian Yuval Noah Harari first explored the past, then the future of humankind, selling millions of copies around the world. In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, he devotes himself to the present.

This a kind of instruction manual for the present day to help readers find their way around the 21st century, to understand it, and to focus on the really important questions of life. Once again, Harari presents this in his distinctive, informal, and entertaining style.

Some sections focus on technology, some on politics, some on religion, and some on art. There are chapters that celebrate human wisdom, and others that highlight the crucial role of human stupidity.

The topics Harari examines in this way include major challenges such as international terrorism, fake news, and migration, as well as turning to more personal, individual concerns, such as our time for leisure or how much pressure and stress we can take. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century answers the overarching question: What is happening in the world today, what is the deeper meaning of these events, and how can we individually steer our way through them? Few writers of non-fiction have captured the imagination of millions of people in quite the astonishing way Yuval Noah Harari has managed, and in such a short space of time. His unique ability to look at where we have come from and where we are going has gained him fans from every corner of the globe.

The “21 Lessons” are:

Disillusionment: The End of History Has been Postponed

Work: When You Grow Up, You Might Not Have a Job

Liberty: Big Data s Watching You

Equality: Those Who Own the Data Own the Future

Community: Humans Have Bodies

Civilization: There is Just One Civilization in the World

Nationalism: Global Problems Need Global Answers

Religion: God Now Serves the Nation

Immigration: Some Cultures Might Be Better than Others

Terrorism: Don’t Panic

War: Never Underestimate Human Stupidity

Humility: You Are Not the Center of the World

God: Don’t Take the Name of God in Vain

Secularism: Acknowledge Your Shadow

Ignorance: You Know Less Than You Think

Justice: Our Sense of Justice Might Be Out of Date

Post-Truth: Some Fake News Lasts Forever

Science Fiction: The Future is Not What You See in the Movies

Education: Change is the Only Constant

Meaning: Life Is Not a Story

Meditation: Just Observe

There is an immediacy to this new book which makes it essential reading for anyone interested in the world today and how to navigate its turbulent waters.

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Clean Money Revolution

Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718920
In stock now: 5

By 2050, $50 trillion will pass from elders to youngers in North America alone. From Boomers to Millennials, the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history is underway and the ramifications will remake the world.

The dirty money of “business as usual” is on the brink, wedged between catastrophic climate change and the demographic tidal wave of Millennials pounding the consumer table for real change. These forces are transforming the very nature of capitalism into something different and powerful, towards a clean money revolution.

Clean money is money aligned with a purpose beyond self- interest. Money for the commons. Money that makes the world better. Money regenerating ecosystems and engendering a healthy balance between people and planet. Money that builds true security: long- term, safe, fair resilience.

Joel Solomon, pioneering clean money investor and change agent (one of the gardener-visionaries behind Hollyhock), lays it on the line. The revolution is underway, the opportunities are everywhere, and the challenges and rewards are immense.

There is enough money to solve global challenges. It must be activated…

Your name is on your money. Know what it is doing, right now, to people and place. Ask questions. Demand good options… We own slaves, kill other people’s babies, and start wars. We must align our money with our values.

Part memoir of an inspiring thought leader’s journey from presidential campaigner to budding oceanographer to multi-millionaire investor, part insider's guide to the businesses remaking the world, and part manifesto for a bright new future. The Clean Money Revolution explores this massive economic shift, and how you can ride the $50 trillion wave to create the new, ethical, and sustainable businesses that power local economies, restore ecosystems, and build social and financial equity. Joel urges “a $100 trillion vision to save civilization by 2050: Let’s be billionaires of good deeds and good ancestors who did everything we could.”

Our entire society is built around [money]. It is seductive. It is perhaps the dominant religion in the world today. But money has no values of its own. Money doesn’t account for fairness, justice, beauty, consciousness, or love. That’s our role, and it’s ever more crucial that we assume it. We need to start to talk about money in ways that dethrone it and make it subject to human ethics and standards of love and decency…

This book is a small attempt, part of an emerging movement, to start making vital distinctions about how wealth is made and used in the world.

The Clean Money Revolution is a must-read for investors, aspiring business leaders, wealth managers, and entrepreneurs looking to align values with assets and chart a unique and profitable life course. It could also be a GPS for the 1%, for those entrusted with wealth for humanity.

Joel Solomon is chairman of Renewal Funds, a $98 million mission venture capital firm. He has invested in over 100 early growth-stage companies in North America, delivering above-market returns while catalyzing positive social and environmental change.

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World of Three Zeros

The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781541742390
In stock now: 3

Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today's most trenchant social critics. Now he declares it’s time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken—that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest.

Is this a pipe dream? Not at all. In the last decade, thousands of people and organizations have already embraced Yunus's vision of a new form of capitalism, launching innovative social businesses designed to serve human needs rather than accumulate wealth. They are bringing solar energy to millions of homes in Bangladesh; turning thousands of unemployed young people into entrepreneurs through equity investments; financing female-owned businesses in cities across the United States; bringing mobility, shelter, and other services to the rural poor in France; and creating a global support network to help young entrepreneurs launch their start-ups.

In A World of Three Zeros, Yunus describes the new civilization emerging from the economic experiments his work has helped to inspire. He explains how global companies like McCain, Renault, Essilor, and Danone got involved with this new economic model through their own social action groups, describes the ingenious new financial tools now funding social businesses, and sketches the legal and regulatory changes needed to jumpstart the next wave of socially driven innovations. And he invites young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens to join the movement and help create the better world we all dream of.

Also by Yunus are Banker to the Poor and Creating a World without Poverty.

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Leading from Within

Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Mit Press
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9780262536189
In stock now: 2

Gretchen Steidle knows first-hand the transformation that mindfulness practice can bring. But she doesn’t believe that transformation stops at personal wellbeing. In Leading from Within, Steidle describes the ways that personal investment in self-awareness shapes leaders who are able to inspire change in others, build stronger relationships, and design innovative and more sustainable solutions.

Steidle offers a roadmap for integrating mindfulness into every aspect of social change, which calls for leading with a deeper human understanding of change and compassion for the needs and perspectives of all stakeholders.

Offering mindfulness practices for individuals and groups, she presents the neuroscientific evidence for its benefits, and argues for its relevance to social change. She describes five capacities of conscious social change, devoting a chapter to each. She writes about her own experiences, including her work helping women to found their own grassroots social ventures in post-conflict Africa. She describes the success of a group of rural, uneducated women in Rwanda, for example, who now provide 9,000 villagers with clean water, ending the sexual exploitation of disabled women unable to collect water on their own.

Steidle also draws from the work of change agents in the U.S. to showcase applications of conscious social change to timely issues like immigration, racism, policing, and urban violence. Through personal stories and practical guidance, Steidle delivers both the inspiration and tools of this innovative approach to social transformation.

Drawing from and integrating my life’s work to date, I explain the what, why, and how of conscious social change… I provide practices that you can conduct, alone or with your community, to foster mindfulness and enact conscious social change… I share how-to practices, theoretical frameworks, and practical tools.

“Many are uncertain about the relationship between mindfulness practice and social change—they seem so different, in intent and application—can they possibly enhance one another? If you would like to see how powerfully they can come together, this book is for you. Through her experience and understanding of each, Gretchen Steidle illuminates the vast potential held in pursuing both.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love

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More Together Than Alone

Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World
By: Mark Nepo
$36.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781501167836
In stock now: 5

Mark Nepo spent 12 years working on this poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community. At once a moving reflection and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone is an compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Mark Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. This book could inspire us to come together.

Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.

It is my hope that, by understanding authentic moments of community, we can affirm that community is real and possible—beyond any illusion or deception… The lessons gathered here are meant to be neither cynical nor idealistic, but resilient and useful.

While some moments of community were long-standing and multi-generational, others may have lasted a week or an hour. I seek to learn how they work. To uncover the pathways that bring us together… To understand that our exchange of love is akin to how photosynthesis enlivens a field of ferns.

Clearly a labour of love weaving thought-provoking analysis and practical takeaways, More Together Than Alone will “reveal the power of community and how the life of connection can add more meaning to our lives… And that the conversation of the book will help you develop your own care-based communities. For the work of community is the practice of care stitching the world together.”

“A powerful cry that we are one, interconnected living community, stretching through time and space. Weaving together stories with profound reflections, this book strikes at the deepest need of our time… So many stories across millennia, so much on which to meditate deeply.” —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, editor of Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth



The Structure of Belonging
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781523095568
In stock now: 1

In Community, Peter Block explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen. A wonderful book—now expanded to tackle the hysteric rise of isolation and fear in a digitally interconnected world.

Communities are human systems given form by conversations that build relatedness.

This second edition of Community offers practical advice and uplifting stories  exploring the benefits of community and belonging to foster social change and reconciliation. As we continue to find new ways of being in constant connection with each other through technology, our workplaces are depopulated and we face growing trends of fundamentalism and nationalism, our fear of the stranger deepens. Block challenges this mindset and proves that community and the structure of belonging has the power to bring about positive social change when supported by the frameworks of compassion, equity and respect for the other. Backed by extensive research, this updated and expanded edition illuminates successful stories of community building as a form of healing.

This book is written to support those who care for the well-being of their community. It is for anyone who wants to be part of creating an organization, neighborhood, city, or country that works for all, and who has the faith and the energy to create such a place.

Block provides an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation. How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? What can individuals and formal leaders do to create a place they want to inhabit? We know what healthy communities look like—there are many success stories out there. The challenge is how to create one in our own place.

Questions are more important than answers in this effort, which means leadership is not a matter of style or vision but is about getting the right people together in the right way: convening is a more critical skill than commanding. As he explores the nature of community and the dynamics of transformation, Block outlines “five kinds of conversations for structuring belonging” (possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment, and gifts) that will create communal accountability and commitment and then goes on to describe how we can design physical spaces and structures that will themselves foster a sense of belonging.

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Ecovillages around the World

20 Regenerative Designs for Sustainable Communities
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Findhorn Press
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781844097432
In stock now: 3

In 2015, the United Nations introduced 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Aligning perfectly with the practices of ecovillages around the world, these initiatives show that ecovillages and sustainable communities are leading by example as we move into a future focused on partnership, environmental protection, prosperity, and peace for all life and the planet we live in.

Offering a visual tribute to the work ecovillages do to alleviate climate change, social conflict, and environmental damage, including more than 300 full-color photographs, maps, and diagrams, this beautiful book highlights 20 best practice designs from ecovillages around the world to show how we can live lightly on the planet no matter where on earth we live, in all climate zones and cultures.

It demonstrates how ecovillages have already achieved the climate goals all of us are now striving toward through practical lifestyle changes that promote peaceful and joyful coexistence both among people and between people and nature. Far from being only aesthetic choices, these changes give an increased quality of life, healthy homes, delicious organic food, playful interdependence, a new spiritual connection to our living planet, and much more. Through their regenerative, sustainable, and peace-promoting practices, ecovillages continue the culture of traditional village living in a modern way that addresses the critical challenges of our time.

The book features the following 20 ecovillage projects: Hurdal Ecovillage and Hurdal Sustainable Valley, Norway; Svanholm, Denmark; Permatopia, Denmark; Solheimar, Iceland; Lilleoru, Tallin, Estonia; Findhorn, Scotland; Sieben Linden, Germany; Tamera, Portugal; Damanhur, Italy; Torri Superiore, Italy; Kibbutz Lotan, Israel; Sekem, Egypt; Chololo, Tanzania; Tasman Ecovillage, Australia; Narara, Australia; Hua Tao Ecovillage, China; Auroville, India; Ecovillage at Ithaca, New York, USA; Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; Ceo do Mapia, Brazil.

There is only one criterion for “the best” ecovillage and that is whether you actually answer the challenges you face where you are. In this sense, these ecovillages are only a small number of examples, which represent the many thousands of wonderful initiatives constantly popping up all over the world. In a modern day context, all these initiatives represent the BEST of what we humans can do! Thank you. May diversity reign and the seeds of this book multiply! —the editor

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How Soon is Now?

A Handbook for Global Change
$18.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781786780867
In stock now: 4

Here’s a bracing “big-vision” book from Daniel Pinchbeck, who wrote Breaking Open the Head and co-edited What Comes After Money? and Exploring the Edge-Realms of Consciousness.

Beyond denial, cynicism, despair, and grief, we have the option to embrace our role as agents of planetary regeneration, helping to redeem and restore our world—to find joy in surrendering limited forms of self-interest for planetary communion.

We are on the brink of an ecological mega-crisis, threatening the future of life on earth, and our actions over the next few years may well determine the destiny of our descendants. Between a manifesto and a tactical plan of action, How Soon is Now? by radical futurist and philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck, outlines a vision for a mass social movement that will address this crisis.

Drawing on extensive research, Daniel Pinchbeck presents a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis. The central thesis is that humanity has unconsciously self-willed ecological catastrophe to bring about a transcendence of our current condition. We are facing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale.

We can understand that this initiation is necessary for us to evolve from one state of being our current level of consciousness to the next. Overcoming outmoded ideologies, we will realize ourselves as one unified being, a planetary super-organism in a symbiotic relationship with the Earth's ecology and the entire web of life.

Covering everything from energy and agriculture, to culture, politics, media and ideology, How Soon Is Now? is ultimately about the nature of the human soul and the future of our current world. Pinchbeck calls for an intentional redesign of our current systems, transforming unjust and elitist structures into participatory, democratic, and inclusive ones. His viewpoint integrates indigenous design principles and Eastern metaphysics with social ecology and radical political thought in a new synthesis.

“This provocative and honest book pushes the climate change conversation well beyond its usual edges. It conveys the enormity of the changes before us—in politics, the economy, and technology of course, but also in our psychology and even our metaphysics. I recommend it to anyone who is trying to make sense of climate change within a bigger picture that includes the evolution of civilization and consciousness.” —Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics