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New Book: An Open Conspiracy
I don't know if there will be some kind of launch. I will post it if there is.
> Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World, An Open Conspiracy
> for Social Change
> We live in an age where unprecedented numbers of people have joined
> organizations and involved themselves in social action, yet many of
> us are pessimistic about our ability to create change. How do we
> continue to act when there is no guarantee that our actions will
> ultimately be successful in making a better world? Inter Pares staff
> member, Brian Murphy, has written a book for all of us who want to
> overcome pessimism and play a part in changing society in the
> direction of peace, justice and dignity for all human beings. In
> this book, Brian explores the social and personal dilemmas that can
> hold us back from social action. At the same time he explains from
> real experiences how the various constraints we face can be overcome.
> The book explores a range of issues that affect our ability as social
> actors, and puts forward the notion of an "open conspiracy" where
> citizens from all walks of life can join together in advocacy and
> action to transform elements of the prevailing social order. Readers
> of this thoughtful book will find themselves constantly deepening
> their understanding of the world around them, as well as empowered to
> act to change it.
> This is a book filled with hope. Far from accepting the myth of
> inevitability, Brian Murphy dares us to imagine a just future in
> which ordinary people accept the mantle of intentional citizenship
> and create a moral alternative to economic globalization. Read this
> wonderful book.
> ~ Maude Barlow, Chairperson, Council of Canadians.
> If you are disoriented, dispirited, or simply worn down by the
> enormity of it all, then curl up with the time-tested wisdom of Brian
> Murphy as he opens door after door into the miraculous world of
> social activism.
> ~ John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for
> Policy Studies, Co-Author, Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and
> the New World Order
> ... a hopeful, liberating book. It takes us to the edge of what we
> do not know. What an affirming place to arrive at!
> ~ Lance Evoy, Institute for Community
> Development, Concordia University, Montreal.
> Brian Murphy's book provides a framework, in fact, almost a map, for
> those of us who "do believe, deep in our hearts,we shall overcome,
> some day." "Must" reading for all social justice activists.
> ~ Kim Klein, author, Fundraising for Social
> Change and publisher of The Grassroots Fundraising Journal
> Brian Murphy's Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World is a
> wake-up call for the human spirit. For those lulled into inaction by
> hopelessness and fatalism, Murphy implores us to break out of our
> self-imposed limitations and recognize our vast potential for growth
> and change. Readers will undoubtedly be inspired to accept his
> enticing invitation to subvert and conspire in the name of social
> ~ Medea Benjamin, Co-Director of Global
> Exchange, and Author of Bridging the Global Gap
> Transforming Ourselves, Transforming The World: An Open Conspiracy
> for Social Change, by Brian K. Murphy, Inter Pares; Published by ZED
> Books (UK), 1999; ISBN 1 85649 706 2 (UK and USA) and ISBN 1 55266
> 013 3 (Canada). Distributed in Canada by Fernwood Books, PO Box 406,
> Station C, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 3P5. Phone: (416) 595-1085; Fax:
> (416) 595-1140. Distributed in the United States by St. Martin's
> Brian K. Murphy
> Inter Pares
> 58 Arthur Street
> Ottawa, Ontario
> Canada K1R 7B9
> Phone 1-613-563-4801
> Fax 1-613-594-4704
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