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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Progressive Leadership

Introduction to Making Shift Happen

Hempcrete, or hemp-line as it is referred to in Europe, is a promising sustainable building material. It is a green alternative to composites such as concrete, mortar and plaster. Today, we take an excerpt from Essential Hempcrete Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide, where Chris Magwood outlines some of the benefits of using hempcrete in construction.

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Thinking in Systems and Channeling Systemic Change

All across North America, severe weather events have become a common occurrence. Extreme heat, drought, flash floods, cold snaps, hurricane bombs, and many more are becoming regular seasonal changes. If you’re struggling to explain these events to your kids or feeling angst amidst climate change, Harriet Shugarman might be able to help. In her book, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, she provides tools and strategies for parents to explain the climate emergency to their children and galvanize positive action. Today we look at how thinking in systems and channelling systemic change can be a catalyst for a better future.

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Focusing On Regeneration and Collective Good

Much of the last few years has been talking about getting back to normal. But what if we strived to get back to something better than what we had? In The Edible Ecosystem Solution, Zach Loeks provides a practical guidebook that looks at underutilized spaces to reveal the many opportunities for landscape transformation that are both far-reaching and immediately beneficial and enjoyable.

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The World Unmasked

For many people the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down and unrecognizable in a matter of weeks. For John Restakis, it only accelerated the existing trends of rising inequality, deep political polarization, and the pervasive power of corporations. In his book, Civilizing the State, Restakis explains the contemporary and historical contexts of the liberal state. He reimagines it, not as a handmaid to predatory elites but as a partner state that promotes equity, economic democracy, co-operation, and human thriving, driven by deep democracy and a fully sovereign civil society.

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Transformative Learning: The Economics of Happiness

In Transformative Learning: Reflections on 30 Years of Head, Heart, and Hands at Schumacher College, Satish Kumar reflects on the legacy of Schumacher College, a beacon of innovation that fosters an ecological-based, holistic model of higher education built around the college's unique "learn by doing," head, heart, and hands pedagogy. Today on the blog, we take an excerpt from Transformative Learning on the economics of happiness.

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How to Communicate Your Non-Defensive Positioning Statement

In Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide, Erica Etelson introduces and explains techniques of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (PNDC) to help navigate conversations in a way that fosters understanding. In the following paragraphs, Etelson describes how to use a positioning statement to open up a conversation where each party knows where the other one stands.

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The Tongue Twister Game

In The Power Manual: How to Master Complex Power Dynamics, Cyndi Suarez includes a section on games. She says, “Play catalyzes creativity and innovation. Play allows experimentation with different potential realities. Trying things out first in play space increases the chances of successful innovation in the structured space of everyday life"

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New Society Publishers Spring 2020

Our Acquisitions Editor Rob West offers an introduction to our Spring 2020 season in today's blog. All of these books are now available for pre-order.

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How liberals can talk and listen to Trump supporters, without blowing a fuse

Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide by Erica Etelson shows progressives how to communicate respectfully and effectively across the great political divide, defusing hostility, building trust, and, just maybe, discovering common ground.

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How to Make Happiness and Well-being the Purpose of Your Government

Today's post is an excerpt from The Happiness Policy Handbook  by Laura Musikanski, Rhonda Phillips & Jean Crowder.  The Happiness Policy Handbook provides a concise background on happiness studies and science, coupled with practical tools for formulating and integrating happiness policy at all levels of government.

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Citizen Led Economies - Creating the Commons

In this excerpt from Free, Fair, and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich we learn how citizen collaborations are changing the economy.

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Interview with James Hoggan, author of I'm Right,and You're an Idiot

Today's interview is with James Hoggan, author off I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up, 2nd Edition. James is the president of the Vancouver PR Firm Hoggan and Associates, past chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board, and founder of the influential website, DeSmogBlog.

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Choosing Hope in these Troubled Times

Today's blog is from Kate Davies, author of Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Trouble Times, and winner of the Grand Prize Nautilus Award.

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Pushing for 100% Recycled Paper

New Society Publishers was the first publisher, working with our printer Friesens, to bring 100% post-consumer paper into the North American printing scene in 2002 – nearly two decades ago. We have recently discovered that a small selection of our books printed at Lightning Source by Ingram Content Group, in the print on demand program, are not printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

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Week for the Future and the Global Climate Strike

New Society Publishers has pledged to join the global climate strikes in our community on September 20th. Global heating and climate change is the most pressing crisis facing humanity and the biosphere.

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