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Soul of a Citizen

Preventing Third World America Step 1: Share Your Story

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Well, it's happening again -- we are failing to capture the turbulence of our times with narratives that allow the public, and force our leaders, to c...

The Seductions Of Clicking: How The Internet Can Make It Harder To Act ('Soul Of A Citizen')

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Without online technologies, Barack Obama would never have gotten past the primaries.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Village Politics -- Rebuilding Engaged Communities

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

One way to do this outreach while simultaneously building a base for the future is to work toward engaging those face-to-face communities we're already part of.

Journey of a Citizen

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Too much awareness is a tough burden to carry. I got an email the other day from a reader who opened up the deep, confusing paradox of being a citizen of the American empire.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Jesus And Climate Change -- The Journey Of Evangelical Leader Rich Cizik

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

When we become frustrated in working for change, we might remember how hope can come from unexpected places and historically resistant constituencies. Rich Cizik's efforts to engage his fellow evangelicals on global warming exemplifies this.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Want To Help? 10 Ways To Start Making Change

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Effective activism's a long-haul process, not "save the Earth in 30 days, ask me how." But there are some principles that seem to reoccur for people addressing every kind of challenge.

'Soul Of A Citizen' EXCERPT: 'From Drunken Party Girl To Climate Change Activist'

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

"I started out just an apathetic drunken party girl, with no clear path in my life," Angie said. "Now I'm implementing our campus sustainability plan. People change and even massive institutions can change."

Loeb Revises His Soul of a Citizen

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Byron Williams

America has made significant changes since Paul Loeb initially wrote Soul of a Citizen; it's time for new voices to once again be inspired by this groundbreaking effort.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Does Protecting Our Children Mean Political Action For Them And For Us?

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

If we want our children to lead generous-spirited lives, we need to give them ideals to inspire them.

'Soul Of A Citizen' EXCERPT: Learned Helplessness

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

The reason many of us retreat from social involvement is not that we think all is well with the world. Rather, what leaves too many of us sitting on the sidelines is what psychologists call learned helplessness.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Make A Difference, Knowing The Outcome Won't Be Perfect

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

We often hold back because we're unsure how our efforts will play out, because they seem contradictory in their approaches, and because we're uncertain whether they'll do justice to the crises we seek to address.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Barack Obama, Vaclav Havel, And When Small Steps Yield Unforeseen Fruits

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

We never know how the new-found involvement of those we engage will play out in the rest of their lives, but if we inspire enough people to take those first steps in speaking out for justice we can sometimes transform history.

'Soul Of A Citizen': How A 17-Year San Quentin Inmate Helps To Heal His Community

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

It's tempting to dismiss the criminals in our jails as irredeemable problems. Yet when they transform themselves and help heal the wounds that they've helped create, they can offer powerful lessons.

'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt: The Real Rosa Parks

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

The full story of Rosa Parks reminds us that her tremendously consequential act, along with everything that followed, depended on all the humble, frustrating work that she and others had undertaken earlier on.

'Soul of a Citizen' Excerpt: What Cynicism Costs Us

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

A long-powerful strain in our culture posits all businesspeople and politicians as corrupt, all religious leaders charlatans, all journalists hacks--and all who'd dare to try to work to change their society naïve fools.