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A Transition Town group involved in preparations for peak oil and climate change; an intentional community, founded with the highest ideals; a nonprofit dedicated to social change-millions of such voluntary groups exist around the world. These collaborative organizations have the unique potential to harness their members' ideals, passions, skills, and knowledge-if they can succeed in getting along together. The Empowerment Manual is a comprehensive manual for groups seeking to organize with shared power and bottom-up leadership to foster vision, trust, accountability, and responsibility. This desperately needed toolkit provides keys to: Understanding group dynamics Facilitating communication and collective decision-making Dealing effectively with difficult people. Drawing on four decades of experience, Starhawk shows how collaborative groups can generate the cooperation, efficacy, and commitment critical to success. Her extensive exploration of group process is woven together with the story of RootBound-a fictional ecovillage mired in conflict-and rounded out with a series of real-life case studies. The included exercises and facilitator toolbox show how to establish the necessary structures, ground rules, and healthy norms. The Empowerment Manual is required reading for anyone who wants to help their group avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation. Starhawk is the author of eleven previous books including the award-winning Webs of Power. A highly influential voice for global justice and the environment, she is deeply committed to bringing the creative power of spirituality to political activism.
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Table of Contents

A New Era of empowerment; RootBound Ecovillage & the Talisman of Healthy Community; The Circle of Vision; The Axis of Action -- Power & Responsibility; The Axis of Learning -- Communication & Trust; Leadership Roles for Leaderless Groups; Group Conflict; Dealing with Difficult People; Groups That Work; Endnotes; Index.

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$10 000 marketing and publicity budget Promoted by the author in On Faith blog put up by Washington Post and Newsweek Excerpts will be offered to Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, Utne Reader, Yes Magazine, Friends Magazine and Communities Magazine Advertising in Utne, Permaculture Magazine, Communities Promotion on the author's website www.starhawk.org and blog Dirt Worship www.starhawkblog.org Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements including Bioneers Conference Oct 2011 and Green Festivals in Seattle, San Francisco and New York A partnership will be pursued with Transition Towns USA This book will be promoted with an academic e-mail to colleges and universities There will be an e-mail promotion targeted to facilitation training groups including the International Association of Facilitators The book will be promoted to newsletters and blogs from intentional communities, cohousing, cooperatives, women's groups, church groups, and homeschoolers Review copies - between 50-70 review copies sent out to highly targeted list, including author requests, our "hit list" and appropriate media Social media promotion - pre-publication posts on blog, Facebook and Twitter @NewSocietyPub, book launch featured on New Society home page, blog and book discussion forum, regular publicity updates on Facebook, Twitter and website.

About the Author

StarHawk is the author of eleven books on earth based spirituality, Goddess religion, and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and the award-winning Webs of Power . A highly influential voice for global justice and the environment, Starhawk is deeply committed to bringing the creative power of spirituality to political activism. She also teaches Earth Activist Trainings, intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, political organizing, and earth-based spirituality. She writes for the Newsweek/Washington Post blog On Faith as well as her own blog, Dirt Worship. Her website is www.starhawk.org.

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Starhawk has stepped forward to help the 99 percent camped in the streets from Syria and Bahrain to New York and London. To have power one needs to discover the ultimate tools of power - the ability to build friendships and to focus group attention on shared goals. This book provides the real formula for empowerment, in earthy detail, from family to village to culture to global movement. - Albert Bates, author The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change and The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Change It's not easy to meld a sweeping vision with practical steps on how to implement it, but Starhawk has succeeded brilliantly in The Empowerment Manual. Filled with case histories, illustrative stories, and, most importantly, clearly written exercises for honing your collaborative skills, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in building community and truly empowering themselves and others. -- Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture Strong, sustained leadership at the grassroots is more essential by the minute, given the failure of political and corporate power-holders to stop trashing our world. True social change is a collaborative art. Here's a trove of tips, guidelines, deft strategies and open secrets, that will speed and ease our capacity to work together. It comes to us with Starhawk's signature blend of vast experience, wit, and love for life. -- Joanna Macy, author, The Work that Reconnects and co-author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we're in Without Going Crazy Starhawk has stepped forward to help the 99 percent camped in the streets from Syria and Bahrain to New York and London. To have power one needs to discover the ultimate tools of power - the ability to build friendships and to focus group attention on shared goals. This book provides the real formula for empowerment, in earthy detail, from family to village to culture to global movement. - Albert Bates, author The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change and The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Change It's not easy to meld a sweeping vision with practical steps on how to implement it, but Starhawk has succeeded brilliantly in The Empowerment Manual. Filled with case histories, illustrative stories, and, most importantly, clearly written exercises for honing your collaborative skills, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in building community and truly empowering themselves and others. -- Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture Strong, sustained leadership at the grassroots is more essential by the minute, given the failure of political and corporate power-holders to stop trashing our world. True social change is a collaborative art. Here's a trove of tips, guidelines, deft strategies and open secrets, that will speed and ease our capacity to work together. It comes to us with Starhawk's signature blend of vast experience, wit, and love for life. -- Joanna Macy, author, The Work that Reconnects and co-author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we're in Without Going Crazy "Starhawk has stepped forward to help the 99 percent camped in the streets from Syria and Bahrain to New York and London. To have power one needs to discover the ultimate tools of power - the ability to build friendships and to focus group attention on shared goals. This book provides the real formula for empowerment, in earthy detail, from family to village to culture to global movement." - Albert Bates, author "The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change" and "The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Change" "It's not easy to meld a sweeping vision with practical steps on how to implement it, but Starhawk has succeeded brilliantly in "The Empowerment Manual." Filled with case histories, illustrative stories, and, most importantly, clearly written exercises for honing your collaborative skills, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in building community and truly empowering themselves and others." Toby Hemenway, author of "Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture" "Strong, sustained leadership at the grassroots is more essential by the minute, given the failure of political and corporate power-holders to stop trashing our world. True social change is a collaborative art. Here's a trove of tips, guidelines, deft strategies and open secrets, that will speed and ease our capacity to work together. It comes to us with Starhawk's signature blend of vast experience, wit, and love for life." Joanna Macy, author, "The Work that Reconnects" and co-author, "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we're in Without Going Crazy" " "It's not easy to meld a sweeping vision with practical steps on how to implement it, but Starhawk has succeeded brilliantly in "The Empowerment Manual." Filled with case histories, illustrative stories, and, most importantly, clearly written exercises for honing your collaborative skills, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in building community and truly empowering themselves and others." -- Toby Hemenway, author of "Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture" "Strong, sustained leadership at the grassroots is more essential by the minute, given the failure of political and corporate power-holders to stop trashing our world. True social change is a collaborative art. Here's a trove of tips, guidelines, deft strategies and open secrets, that will speed and ease our capacity to work together. It comes to us with Starhawk's signature blend of vast experience, wit, and love for life." -- Joanna Macy, author, "The Work that Reconnects" and co-author, "Activ

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