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Moltitudine inarrestabile

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,369 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 2009 by Edizioni Ambiente (first published January 1st 2007)
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Robert McDonald
Dec 10, 2007 Robert McDonald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people into the World Social Forum process
Paul Hawken’s new book, entitled Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming, makes a simple argument in a straightforward fashion. This makes the book infinitely more readable than another book that makes a similar argument in incomprehensible poetic prose, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt . The only problem with the clarity of Hawken’s argument is that it brings into full relief its defic ...more
Jan 29, 2008 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gen-nonfiction
as a friend pointed out, the blurbs alone deem this a must-read (jane goodall, bill mckibben, barry lopez, terry tempest williams, david james duncan, & david suzuki). at the beginning of blessed unrest, hawken succinctly remarks, "in total, the book is inadvertently optimistic, an odd thing in these bleak times." indeed. refreshingly propitious, hawken counters prevailing disillusionment and listlessness with numerous examples of innumerable organizations acting to effect beneficial, lastin ...more
Allison Myers
I forced my way through this book because its written by Paul Hawken, one of the authors of Natural Capitalism (one of my very favorites). But man, it was hard to get through. Overly emotional and too historical. The bits about the civil rights movement were interesting though. Anway, I was about half way through when I realized I couldn't sludge on any further. So I peeked ahead to see if there was anything else I wanted to read- and realized that I wasn't half way through, but nearly done! The ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My copy of this book has a different subtitle than the one listed above. Mine is "How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World." The change is for the better since I am hard-pressed to imagine a world where grace has been restored; is there even a dance floor that can handle such smooth gesticulations? I am on-board with the use of justice, though beauty kills it for me. Subtitles should be an art form, but, ultimately, have to be the boring hal ...more
I think the main idea of the book is summed up on page 162:
"Ideologies exclude openness, diversity, resiliancy, and multiplicity, the very qualities that noursih 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
Dec 27, 2014 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I don't think this is what I expected, but I'm also not sure what I expected. I appreciate Hawken's position that "the movement" is more than just environmentalism, more than just social justice, more than just the rights of indigenous people to live and thrive -- but all of these, together. I also appreciate that he chronicles the histories of many aspects of "the movment", and is often able to look critically upon them (especially the sections on Thoreau, Ghandi, King, Carson).

I'm not rea
Glen Grunau
May 18, 2014 Glen Grunau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really needed to read this book! If for no other reason than because I was raised under the influence of a fundamentalist ideology fueled by the political right, which so often promotes the unrestrained growth of capitalism while disregarding the environment as anything more than a means to this end. After all, the earth is going to be burned up anyways when all the good people disappear! Hawken quotes C.S. Lewis: "What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some ...more
In language as fecund, gorgeous and vital as any living thing, Paul Hawken traces the origins of what he calls the Movement: an increasingly global convergence of thousands upon thousands of local groups that each in their own way are working to preserve and strengthen indigenous rights, establish social justice, and/or rescue the environment. Hawken explores the roots of American environmentalism and social justice movements as well as the rise of the peculiarly resource-hungry entity known as ...more
Erika RS
May 13, 2013 Erika RS rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about... well, I am not completely sure what. Nominally, it is about "the movement" which is the joint effect of the various diverse and dispersed environmental and social justice groups throughout the world. However, the book tends to ramble all over, so it is hard to get a point from the book beyond these groups exist, they encompass lots of people, and they are a source of hope, even as things seem grim.

So the book gets only an "okay" from me for being rambly, but it does have lo
Even though this book was only 190 pages it took me quite a while to get through - the book starts out quite dry, but it starts to show potential in the second chapter when the author talks about the emergence of the environmental movement and how it becomes related to health thanks to the influence of Rachel Carlson.

His book goes into ups and downs in grabbing the reader's attention. The moments that were exciting was when he was talking about the movements and the different work of NGOs, but
Dakota Lucht
This book provides an interesting perspective on the changes witnessed throughout human society and the natural world in recent years, focusing most on the interplay between these two and, most uniquely, how solutions to societal and environmental issues can and must be addressed simultaneously. Hawkens argues that social justice is inseparable from ecological sustainability, weaving in various examples throughout the narrative. These circumstances range from the interplay of poverty and defores ...more
Feb 18, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
: I always felt a lot of these concepts were inner connected, but I would have never been able to articulate how some of these items were related, let alone describe the movement from beginning to end so fluidly and seamlessly. I felt like the first residency was a bit of a preview. I had a sneak peak at a lot of what I found surprising and inspiring especially in regards to tracing the path through Emerson and then Thoreau.

There was a quote “life tends to optimize rather than maximize.” Thinki
Cherice Bock
This is a well-done book, but since it's written in 2007, it's unfortunately a bit dated. The point of the book is that there is a large movement going on, under the surface, of small, local, or species- or interest-specific groups who are working to eliminate environmental problems. Although there are many people all over the world working on this, it's not very visible, since the groups are relatively small and there's no one leader of the movement. Even though it shows the connections between ...more
Jul 02, 2007 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last! A hopeful book! Seeing the emergence of grass-roots organizations committed to social and environmental justice, and knitting together these observations with commentary of the trends, the author has a compellingly positive message - we ARE pulling together to save the world. Now, we "just" have to make it happen and it truly WILL be a hopeful time again.
Jun 29, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, and hoped it would reassure me that what the author asserts in his subtitle is really true: that the efforts of thousands of people around the world, working locally, really are beginning to turn the tide and move us toward a better world. Unfortunately, by trying to do too much, the author achieves too little. I couldn't quite finish, especially after I'd realized that this is the Paul Hawken of Smith & Hawken, and that he not only doesn't allude to that in the b ...more
Kathy Truman
Jul 12, 2008 Kathy Truman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book for all the people in the trenches of justice work, feeling discouraged about changing the world, feeling alone, powerless. It provides a picture of hope and optimism to keep on moving mountains, one shovelful at a time. It is full of web links to assist in connecting the global network of change agents.
Sep 11, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very dry read, almost like a textbook, but not very informative. Not at all what I expected from such an inspiring public speaker.
Oct 19, 2014 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pursued this after my good friend and excellent environmental activist, Frank Ryan, mentioned the phrase in one of our far-ranging Melbourne conversations. "Blessed Unrest" turns out to be a term that Martha Graham used to describe dance and the human spirit. Hawken's book does the important work of shining a light on the disparate "movement" that unites environmental, indigenous rights, and social justice: "This movement's key contribution is the rejection of one big idea in order to offer in ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars

This is a more difficult book to review that I would have initially expected because when I was about half way through the book I discovered I was indeed finished the book! The rest was comprised of the appendix, acknowledgements, notes, bibliography and index - although very thorough, I didn't expect so much data after the actual content.

I read Naomi Klein's, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate" earlier this year and as I continued to read Blessed Unrest, I not
Blessed Unrest purports to be about the “movement of movements” that is currently upwelling on a local, case-by-case basis against the symptoms of civilization's depredations. The book went far beyond that, however, and fulfilled promises I didn't realize it had made. Hawken doesn't spend much time giving history or anatomy of the “movement” in question, and the only specific examples he gives occur in the context of larger points.

Instead, the thesis is of the book is an effective, elegant, and
Virginia Bryant
Jul 31, 2012 Virginia Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great delineation of new paradigm thought and observation.

Before anything else, it should be noted that this is a great source book for a wide variety of organizations working to be helpful to the birth of the new world we must inhabit if we are to go on........

"“It has been said that we cannot save our planet from escalating and wide spread misery and torment unless humankind undergoes a widespread spiritual...awakening In other words, fixes won;t fix unless we fix our souls as well..
Mohamed Hassan
May 12, 2010 Mohamed Hassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mohamed by: student
The book “ Blessed Unrest” by Paul Hawken is about green movements that deals with issues like the destruction of the environment, social justice, the abuses of free market fundamentalism and the loss of indigenous cultures around the world. The book focuses mainly on global environmental and how developing or developed nations are affecting the environmental as well as the global weather and natural resources. Paul Hawken argues that globalization movement especially in less developed countries ...more
Jan 24, 2008 Solidarity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Green activists, community organizers
Recommended to Solidarity by: Google
You suggest that the politics of the future are really about fostering unusual alliances that revolve around ideas. Strange bedfellows—evangelicals aligning with environmentalists, for example. Are you seeing this elsewhere?

Yes. At the same time, we find out that we’re not strange bedfellows. We’re human beings and what estranged us is far less important and almost meaningless compared to what is meaningful now. You’re seeing Wal-Mart, for example, quite authentically—and I don’t care what someo
Beth Melillo
Best of this book: The overview of the (mainly Western) green movement (and he did qualify himself by pointing out he was going to stick to what he knew - the US) and the excellent way he upturns some of the metrics that are traditionally used to measure progress in order to champion more localized economies, deeper community ties, and family.

Worst: His inconsistent treatment of religion (is it terrible? see:chapter 3 or utterly necessary see: concluding chapter). Someone needs to tell the man
May 05, 2010 skye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shasta McBride
Sep 20, 2011 Shasta McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
whew! excerpt:

While so much is going wrong, so much is going right. Over the years the ingenuity of organizations, engineers, designers, social entrepreneurs, and individuals has created a powerful arsenal of alternatives. The financial and technical means are in place to address and restore the needs of the biosphere and society. Poverty, hunger, and preventable childhood diseases can be eliminated in a single generation. Energy use can be reduced 80 percent in developed countries within 30 ye
Edwin B
Nov 09, 2008 Edwin B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am looking for something, but not really hard, because I do not expect to find it. The truest questions are unanswered. But still I wonder. And then this book comes along, and touches upon one of them.

Back in the day, it was all about the one, grand, unifying cause, for which we the inspired enlisted, envisioned a line of march, and endeavored to advance lockstep with each other in the twists and turns toward the common goal, with all rivulets connected into a common stream. We called it revol
Feb 25, 2016 Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Although sometimes overblown in its history-of-time and popular science lessons, Blessed Unrest inevitably delivers many beautiful one-line assertions because of this nature. The movement he describes "is mysterious" and "a coalescence . . . . [that] arises in small discrete ways, like blades of grass after rain." I appreciate Hawken's crediting of poets for the past, present, and future of "a movement with no name," his optimism, his transparent attempt at writing about issues through his bias ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Our board of directors
I was under the impression that this was "required reading" for people in my field... having scanned some other reviews of the book, I wish I had picked up Hawken's Natural Capitalism instead. Blessed Unrest attempts to describe and create a taxonomy for the wide array of NGO's attempting to better the world. In his opinion, they are all working toward a common (though unarticulated) goal, and therefore form the largest movement known to man. It's an interesting theory, and I enjoyed the appendi ...more
The first 8 pages, the section titled "The Beginning" is wonderful, and I will recommend it to anyone. 6 stars. I LOVE, "If you look at the science that describes what is happening on earth today and aren't pessimistic, you don't have the correct data. If you meet the people in this unnamed movement and aren't optimistic, you haven't got a heart." I also love, "Wrong is an addictive, repetitive story; Right is where the movement is."

That said, the rest of the book was only alright, which after
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“If you look at the science that describes what is happening on earth today and aren't pessimistic, you don't have the correct data. If you meet people in this unnamed movement and aren't optimistic, you haven't got a heart.” 4 likes
“Wrong is an addictive, repetitive story; Right is where the movement is.” 4 likes
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