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Walk Out Walk On

April 12, 2011 by Deborah Gilburg

True stories of hope and courage are not always easy to find. I struggle with the media and the type of news that gets repeated, day after day, the criticism, controversy and catastrophes that thin my own sense of hope and bring me down. Yet I believe that there are subplots in so many of the stories told that would reveal our potential to connect to what truly matters, to adapt and thrive. We just don't get that spin. 

I have a  friend, Deborah Frieze, who has been working with people all over the world who are building healthy and resilient communities. From her work, she has witnessed some great stories about hope and courage, stories about pioneering leaders who have lessons to teach all of us about how we can step forward to create change in our world.

Along with Meg Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science (a fantastic book, if you haven't read it), Deborah has just written an inspiring new book called Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. This book is filled with intimate portraits of ordinary people in seven different places around the world who are transforming their communities. These stories demonstrate that we already have everything we need to create the future we wish for.

Deborah and Meg's book is being released tomorrow, Wednesday April 13th, and they have put out a compelling request. In order to make the book available internationally, they must sell 2000 copies on the release day. Given the global content and focus of the book, international availability is important, not only to the authors but to the people about whom the book was written. So to create some incentive, they are donating royalties to five of the communities profiled in their book—50% from sales on April 13th, and 100% if the book makes it to #1 on the Amazon bestseller list.

This is a chance to order a provocative and timely book -- one that could change your way of contributing to change -- and to support five inspiring organizations. If you are so inclined, please join me on April 13 in helping to make Walk Out Walk On a bestseller by buying that book that day on Amazon.

For more information, visit And enjoy the book!