Stephanie Mills – On Gandhi’s Path

Bigger has turned out not to be better. Servicing the global economy has exacted a heavy toll in the erosion of our communities and the destruction of our environment. Increasingly, we are coming to realize that the way forward looks a lot like the way back back to strong local economies, back to resilient, tight-knit communities, back to the land and work that is real. As we chart our course through these uncertain times, we are hungry for inspiration. Robert Swann was a self-taught economist, a tireless champion of decentralism, and the father of the relocalization movement. A conscientious war resistor imprisoned for his beliefs, Bob Swann engaged in lifelong nonviolent direct action against war, racism, and economic inequity. His legacy is a vision of a life-affirming, alternative economy of peace founded on innovations in land and monetary reform.Swann’s story is also the untold history of decentralism in the United States. He associated with a constellation of vital, intelligent independent authors and activists, and ultimately co-founded the Schumacher Society based on the philosophies of Small Is Beautiful author E. F. Schumacher.Swann forged tools to build productive, resilient local and regional economies. Now as global industrial civilization flails in the throes of ecological and economic crisis, Swann’s working innovations are at the ready to help neighborhoods, local entrepreneurs, and willing communities to rebuild at appropriate scales.
Author: Stephanie Mills
Narrator: Dave Adams
Duration: 4 hours 34 minutes
Released: 11 Mar 2008
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

boon rusty

Arctic-orienteering, war-wounds, support-system, English-military, friendship, Norway, journaling, nonfiction

What a fantastic undertaking! It started with two men with a mission to do something unusual for war damaged soldiers, primarily from the Afghanistan, that wasn’t being done. So they came up with an idea and first discussed it with an experienced Norwegian guide who agreed to become involved, then there were backers needed as well as sponsors, and finally the military. That’s just the beginning. There were difficulties with the military, grueling training, some medical issues (especially involving prosthetics), and a whole lot more. I snickered here and there about their expedition guide who thought little of the cold on his own account, only for others, because it was so like listening to Pop (true Norwegian) or to my husband who worked outside in Wisconsin winters. Absolutely astounding!
I understand that the BBC filmed and aired portions and that they are still available on YouTube. For me, I think that the book is better because it is basically comprised of the journals of all involved and more. The introduction is by fellow Afghanistan soldier Prince Harry.
Four men do the narration spectacularly.
Read the book. Donate to Walking With The Wounded. Please.
Americans might prefer The Wounded Warrior Foundation, in Australia the Bravery Trust, and in Canada there are several supportive organizations.