Blessed Unrest, tells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media. It is about many non-profit groups and community organizations, dedicated to different causes, which Hawken calls the “environmental and social justice movement”.
After more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice, Paul Hawken traces the origins of the Movement which follows no unifying ideology or unifying leader. But, Hawken argues, it has the potential to benefit the planet.
Fundamentally, it is an incredibly hopeful book that highlights the importance of working together for a better world. Blessed Unrest shows that being a small piece of the puzzle is important even though we all have different goals. And that being committed to social and environmental justice is what makes the whole puzzle come together in the end.
Our favorite quote from the book: “Ideologies exclude openness, diversity, resiliency, and multiplicity, the very qualities that nourish life in any system, be it ecosystem, immune system, or social system. Hundreds of thousands of small groups are trying to ignite an array of ideas in the world, fanning them like embers. Ideas are living things; they can be changed and adapted, and can grow. Ideas do not belong to anyone, and require no approval. This may sound ethereal but it is in fact the essence of praxis, the application of grassroots democracy in a violent and exploitative age.”