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Interdependence Handbook: Looking Back, Living the Present, Choosing the Future
Sondra Myers and Benjamin R. Barber
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The Interdependence Handbook is a collection of essays, speeches, historical documents and discussion questions on interdependence, the guiding principle for civic life in the 21st century. From a number of perspectives, it explores the civic implications of the ubiquity of interdependence, and the urgent need for citizens to expand their sense of responsibility beyond community and nation to all the world’s people if we are to choose a future that holds the promise of “liberty and justice for all.” Readings focus on the realities of interdependence as they affect all aspects of life—personal, social, political, cultural and economic. It is clearly evident in communication and information technologies, in the spread of disease and corruption, and in the environmental movement. Also included is a section on practical ways to celebrate Interdependence Day annually on September12th for schools, colleges, religious, civic and cultural organizations and whole communities throughout the world.
The Handbook contains works by Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Vaclav Havel, Kofi Annan, and many distinguished authors and public leaders.
Sondra Myers is a consultant on international, civic and cultural projects; editor of the best-selling Democracy is a Discussion handbooks and the Democracy Reader. She is senior associate of the Civworld Interdependence project. Sondra has served as cultural advisor to the Governor of Pennsylvania, special assistant to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and co-produced The Courage To Care, a documentary film.