The 21st century is experiencing a rare global revolution. Are you prepared to ride the new cultural wave? Thriving in the Crosscurrent says that despite the overwhelming doomsday speak, it’s not the end of the world, but the birthing pains of a new one! Like two massive ocean waves colliding, one on the ascent and the other falling, societal paradigms are on the brink of a world-wide transformation! With the use of this two-wave sea change model, a tool for evaluating human cultural evolution, Thriving in the Crosscurrent demonstrates the causes of our impending revolution and shares an optimistic forecast through the turbulence.
With in-depth scholarly research, cultural expert Jim Kenney offers detailed descriptions of the groups that make up our current global consciousness. From "yeasayers" such as Catalysts, Actives, and Creatives to "naysayers", including Militants, Buccaneers and Unexamined Lifers, this book explores the current and emerging beliefs of society. Kenney makes known what is required for the yeasayers to be effective. "The good news" Kenney states, "it’s a smaller percentage than you might think."
Thriving in the Crosscurrent goes beyond revealing our forthcoming evolution. A unique compendium of twelve insights inspired by the Buddhist Eightfold Path offers resolution and guiding suggestions for action. Key principles such as Become a Global Citizen and Celebrate Interspirituality equip readers with necessary skills for finding the calm at the center of current uncertainty and to actively move beyond as a revolutionary participant.
It is a welcome surprise to read a book that proclaims 'things are getting better.' Most people only see and bewail the decay of traditional values. It takes a person with Jim Kenney's wide historical perspective, awareness of contemporary innovative thinking, and prophetic vision, to discern the emerging new values, which are global rather than parochial, and which will, I pray, provide the moral and spiritual basis for a more peaceful and caring civilization, which treasures the sacredness of all life.
—Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths; author of A Heart for the World and Beacons of Light
Out of Jim Kenney's own lifetime work with grassroots communities and interfaith/intercultural movements has come this inspirational book, which will excite and energize its readers. His articulation and affirmation of humanity's growing new consciousness of our interdependence, and our cultural evolution from old ways into new values— based on justice, nonkilling, nonviolence, and peace —will give hope to the human family.
—Mairead Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate; author of The Vision of Peace
Here's hoping we're in for a sea change of the kind Jim Kenney describes – it will take real shifts if we're to deal with the problems bearing down on us, climate change most of all. And those shifts will, as he says, have their roots in our understanding of who we are.
— Bill McKibben, educator, environmentalist, founder of the international climate campaign 350.org; author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Jim Kenney believes that we are living in an exciting time of cultural evolutionary sea change. He draws on his broad experience at the cutting-edge of work for peace and justice and offers a compelling vision of human possibility.
—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations
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