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Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society

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"Gardner's is not a 'how-to-do-it' book for the conduct of modern society. It is something rarer these days and more basic: a 'why-to-do-it' book. Its impact on many readers is bound to be challenging and stimulating and even inspirational."—Clark Kerr, Science
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1964)
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NOT SELF-HELP DUMB-ASS POP PSYCHOLOGY. This is timeless, eloquent, IMPORTANT writing about how a society can innovate in a way that doesn't destroy its own framework for meaningful interactions.
Please look at the Table of Contents for a sense of the scope (and depth) of what he covers. This book has been more helpful for thinking about the BIG picture of self-renewal of healthcare and education.
John Gardner was Secretary of Health Education and Welfare (now Health & Human Services) in the 6
David Barrie
"Today the skeptic is the status quo. The one who must make the effort is the one who seeks to create a new moral order." Worth reading this book for a taste of the urge to moral seriousness - and without embarrassment - at a key moment in the 1960s. It serves as a massive reminder to societies that wish to renew themselves that they must rid themselves of what Gardner calls "corrosive melancholy". And that new things that drive out the old lack style, sophistication and rich layering - but to w ...more
This book changed my view of the world, it is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the drive of the American heart.
Calvin Liu
Nice fairly quick exposition on how to be and what to do in the world to continually renew oneself and one's society. A bit dogmatic but I dig that stuff. Gardner seems like a helluva man. Really gets you thinking.
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
This is a long essay on society and individuals, not particularly entertaining, but interesting.
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John William Gardner, President of the Carnegie Corporation, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, was subsequently the founder of two influential national U.S. organizations, Common Cause and Independent Sector, as well as the author of numerous books on improving leadership in American society and other subjects. He was also the founder of two prestigious fe ...more
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