We Are the New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World Hardcover – Jan 10 2008
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From the Back Cover
Create NEW meaning in your work--and discover a new kind of success
Every day we hear news stories of the rich and powerful doing good works. What you don't generally hear about are the tens of thousands of ordinary men and women who have successfully reinvented themselves and found success in careers that allow them to make a real and lasting difference in the world. In "We Are the New Radicals," Julia Moulden introduces you to dozens who have become warriors for progress and healing and shows you how to forge your own path of positive service. You will discover how to Take stock of your abilities and skills Discern how you can best help others Make the time you need to develop a plan Create a support network for yourself and your program
About the Author
Julia Moulden is an award-winning journalist and the founder of The Bee's Knees Communications Inc. For more information visit wearethenewradicals.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The bulk of the book is largely inspirational stories, interviews etc., drawing on examples of people from all walks of life who transformed their lives from a career to something they felt passionate about. Its more "Hero With A Thousand Faces" than "What Color Is Your Parachute". I like that about this book because this path is intuitive rather than cognitive and stories are more relevant to the process than facts and figures.
The final 25 pages of the book however do provide you with a workbook to help with the process of self-reflection if you are ready to make this kind of change in your life. Again I appreciate that because without it many readers would be left encouraged but with little direction as to where to look to find the path.
The book is written in a light, almost conversational style, including the workbook section which makes it accessible and in my opinion makes the idea seem less difficult and unusual than we might currently feel it to be.
I can speak with some authority regarding the process the book advocates as I went through my own radical transformation prior to reading it. My process was remarkably similar to the one proposed in the book and I consulted many of the same resources. I bought it to help me work with friends of mine who are feeling the urge to find more meaningful work but are not clear as to exactly what they should do. Some structure around this process really does help.
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The author suggests that private entrepreneurship is a healthy followup on the social radicalism of the 60s a 70s. It can also be seen as a sellout by those who are burned out by the immensity of the challenge of political reform, say campaign-finance control.
As a result, the projects and activities of the well motivated people she writes about seem to be treating more of the symptoms than the causes of the problems that engulf us, poverty, unemployment, inequalities in school funding, and the still increasing gap between the rich and the poor.
The author seems to be oblivious of the privileged position from which many of her entrepreneurs came from. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, for instance both came from upper-middle-class families and neighborhoods that were the creation of big government programs coming from FDR's New Deal and the Second World War. The recent decline in the middle class resulting from neo-liberal politics does not bode well for healthy entrepreneurship in this country.
It is to the advantage of the corporate ruling class in our country to propagate the myth that private entrepreneurs will save our economy and save the environment. Of course, they will make a substantial contribution. But that contribution will not be anywhere sufficient to overcome the problems we face.
That will require the people of the nation acting together in campaign finance reform, raising the minimum wage, education equality for all children, and a more equitable tax system. It is a big load, but we must all shoulder it, including the entrepreneurs among us.
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