A New Republic of the Heart
An Ethos for Revolutionaries--A Guide to Inner Work for Holistic Change
A vision to address our environment, economy, politics, culture, and to catalyze the radical whole-system change we need now
Recasting current problems as emergent opportunities, Terry Patten offers creative responses, practices, and conscious conversations for tackling the profound inner and outer work we must do to build an integral future. In practical and personal terms, he discusses how we can all become active agents of a transformation of human civilization and why that is necessary to our continued survival. Patten’s narrative focuses on two aspects of existence–our dynamic but fractured and threatened world, and our underlying wholeness and unity. Only by honoring both of these realities simultaneously can we make sustainable changes in ourselves, our communities, our body politic, and our planetary life-support system. A New Republic of the Heart provides a comprehensive understanding and inspiring vision for “being the change” in a way that can address the most intractable problems of our time. Patten shows how we can come together in our communities for conversations that matter and describes new communities, enterprises, and forms of dialogue that integrate both inner personal growth work with outer awareness, activism, and service.
About the Author
TERRY PATTEN is a philosopher, activist, social entrepreneur, and author of A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries. Over the last fifteen years he has devoted his efforts to the evolution of consciousness by facing, examining, and healing our global crisis through the marriage of spirit and activism. He co-wrote the book Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber and a core team at the Integral Institute. Patten is the founder of the "Beyond Awakening" teleseminar series and Bay Area Integral. He also founded Tools For Exploration, a consciousness technologies company, and is involved in restorative redwood forestry and fossil-fuel alternatives. Patten holds degrees from the University of Michigan and John F. Kennedy University (MA in consciousness studies) and has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, and San Francisco State University.
—Stanley Krippner, PhD, coauthor of Personal Mythology
“What we have here is possibly the finest example of the making of the possible human, and with this, the development of a possible world.”
—Jean Houston, PhD, author of A Passion for the Possible
“Terry Patten has woven together strands from evolutionary neuroscience, deep ecology, integral theory, and spiritual wisdom to offer a practical path forward out of humanity’s current morass. Fascinating, fast-moving, and heartfelt, this book is a gem.”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness
“Patten clarifies how our wicked problems require us to grow beyond debate, one-upmanship, and other non-communication, to talk and listen in new ways. He’s right on the mark—we must reknit our social fabric—our collective future requires it.”
—Joan Blades, cofounder of MoveOn.org and Living Room Conversations
“Superb, exciting, sane, and enlightening—a social activism that is also personal, emotional, spiritual, ecological, relational, and that points toward the very leading edge of evolution itself.”
—Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision and Grace and Grit