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Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance


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Part I How Corporate Structures, Products, and Processes Impact Our Work and Personal Lives
A Time of Turbulence--when too much information keeps us from knowing the truth
The Gift That Keeps On Taking--how the bottom-line mentality is bottoming out our lives and the planet
The Hidden Costs of Competition--the heavy price we pay to win
This Is Entertainment?--TV as purveyor of a culture of disrespect and promoter of a passive populace
Media, Girls, and Body Image--how impossible images of physical perfection are making our girls sick
The Best Government Big Money Can Buy--can a corporate-sponsored democracy serve the people?
What Do World Trade Agreements Have to Do with Me?--globalization means equalizing down to the lowest common denominator
Time: A Nonrenewable Resources--why we aren't finding time to live

Part II Fresh Choices: Saying Yes! to a More Expansive Life
Change and the Comfort Zone--embracing risks that have been foisted upon us by life
What's an Inner Life and Who Needs It?--trading fear for trust and planting seeds of loving-kindness
Flashpoints--how our stresses play out in the family crucible, damaging those we love most
Nurturing What Is Precious--finding new ways to communicate and connect with our loved ones
Meaningful Work--livelihoods both personally satisfying and earth-friendly
Giving Time, Getting Joy--life as a banquet for the servers
Together We Are Whole--new ways to create a support network while beating the high cost of living
Paring Down Our Lives--how less can be much more
What Is and What Can Be--starting from wherever you are with a passionate consciousness
Way More Fun than TV--surefire ways to release your playful spirit
About the Authors

About the Author

Schwartz is the executive director of Invest in Kids, which she founded in 1998 to provide scholarships and mentors to low-in- come, at-risk youth. An earlier nonprofit she created raised public awareness about the entertainment industry's negative influence in shaping children's desires, behaviors, and values. Schwartz has spoken in over 160 venues on these issues and been interviewed for dozens of newspaper and magazine articles, radio shows, and television programs. For this work, she won the Thread of Hope Award in 1996, and the Women of Achievement Community and Human Services Award in 1997. Stoddard's high-energy approach to creating community has included team-building in the corporate realm and donating numerous hours as a tutor, mentor to young people, and board member of Invest in Kids. An English and citizenship instructor at a community college, Stoddard worked as a marketing consultant at Pacific Gas and Electric from 1990 to 1996, where she founded and edited an inter-utility newsletter on energy conservation and promoted volunteerism through employee channels. From 1988 to 1990, Stoddard facilitated workshops in the former Soviet Union for Russian and Ukrainian teachers of English, and established pen- pal relationships between Russian and American children.


"Taking Back Our Lives is a powerful examination of the forces we all face in a society pulling us away from our authentic, deeper selves. It offers refreshing solutions that speak to the heart and uplift our spirits."
-Scott and Shannon Peck, coauthors of Liberating Your Magnificence: 25 Keys to Loving and Healing Yourself

"Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance embodies the message of conscious evolution by giving us guidance on how to transform the corporate structure."
-Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millenium

"Taking Back Our Lives is a very courageous book by two highly qualified women who dare to speak their truth about a reality the media avoids-the corporate consumer culture eroding our democracy-and then show us practical alternatives that start right at home. A timely imperative for survival. Read it and act now!"
-Elisabet Sahtouris, author of A Walk Through Time and Biology Revisioned

"Taking Back Our Lives is not just a book. It is a bold and courageous expose of what is happening to our society without our conscious knowledge. It is well-documented and thought- provoking, giving substance to what most of us only talk about among ourselves. It challenges all Americans to wake up, offering positive action steps that each of us can take to empower ourselves individually and collectively."
-Rama Vernon, Founder, Women of Vision and Action, and President, The Center for International Dialogue

"Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance is a welcome blueprint we should not only read, but also live by. My life changed by reading and living the message."
-Howard F. Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy

"This book is more than timely. It is a vital guide to the self- improvement we need to move off of the self-destructive path that threatens us and our future."
-Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and coauthor of A Simpler Way

"Schwartz and Stoddard have the best plan yet to deal with the world increasingly run by corporations and money: personal disengagement. They tell us how to find our own 'moral alter- native' to economic globalization and live it. A great book."
-Maude Barlow, Volunteer National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians

"Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance interlaces the personal and the political. An original combination of critical politics and New Age optimism."
-Michael Parenti, author of History as Mystery and America Besieged

"Taking Back Our Lives is a powerful and sharp-cutting truthtelling, a necessary awakening, and an extraordinarily practical collection of solutions for literally the survival of all life on earth."
-Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight and The Prophet's Way

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