This is my latest book which was published in the US by North Atlantic Books on 7th October 2014, distributed by Random House.
The book is on sale in the US and available for pre-order in the UK (available 7th November) and can be purchased and pre-ordered (UK) at Waterstones and all good bookstores. It is also available for download on Amazon or iTunes.
Here are links to two short films about the book and why it was written:
A biographical sketch filmed in February 2014
This film goes deeply into the content of the book and why I'm passionate and daft enough to write a book about the future.
This is what people say about the book:
“Let this book wake you up to your own inner power – the capacity now required to help resolve global problems and build a world that works for all.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“The world is in crisis. It needs people who have the skill to combine inner power with outer action. Inner power comes from self mastery, observing and controlling the ego, and deepening integrity through a regular practice of reflection or meditation. This generates not only the ability to transform conflicts, listen to others, communicate clearly and develop trust, but also the creative innovation and energy to resolve local and global problems.
This is the current evolutionary process that most people don’t yet see: namely that the desired outer changes cannot come about without the inner change, as Einstein said. The quality of your awareness will directly affect the quality of the results you produce. This book demonstrates – steadily and sensibly - how anyone can develop this inner power to build their own personal contribution to the future, and to a world that works for all. It will wake you up to the challenges now facing the planet, and inspire you with sparkling accounts of what people are already doing to meet those challenges. It will show you how to build your own vision of the kind of future you want for your children, and the energy to make that vision real. I suggest you use this book as a guide, so that you too can become a 21st century pioneer of the possible.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“In this brilliant and thrilling work, Dr. Elworthy brings her enormous experience and intelligence to the deepest understanding of current challenges mated with the most profound spectrum of workable solutions. She calls us to become stewards of both Earth and soul, to use this precious incarnation for the enhancement of our interior life so that our exterior life can move towards the creation of a world that works for all. This remarkable book also serves as an intense course in human development in the light of social and ecological change. Grounded in spirit and higher guidance, it is in the forefront of the new paradigm and gives clear direction to participating in the emerging new story for person and planet.
Some books are miracles. This is one of them. It is a wake up call from Central, the finest offering I know for those who really want to make a difference.”
Jean Houston, Ph.D, Consultant to the United Nations in human Development, author of The Wizard of Us
"This book by Scilla Elworthy is worthy of a strong push from all of us. If we are to create a sustainable civilization at his point in history (and we must, in order to survive) it is precisely this thinking and writing that must prevail. She has my strong support and concurrence with her efforts."
Edgar Mitchell Sc D. NASA astronaut, pilot of Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the moon.
"We had the great privilege to work with Scilla to turn the Elders into a reality in partnership with Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel and a host of other wonderful partners. We all found Scilla to be an incredibly insightful leader. Her ability to see the big picture, yet bring this back to practical action for individuals is a wonderful gift. Her new book shares her rich wisdom about a new type of leader that has a deep level of awareness of their inner power. This book is certainly a powerful catalyst towards the new world of consciousness, founded in listening and empathy that the world needs to embrace."
Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the worldwide Virgin Group
"This is a prophetic book. Scilla Elworthy turns her sharp intellect, and long experience of holding the hands of those in power, both to illuminate the great problems facing mankind and to show how, by an inner transformation, we can all become ‘pioneers of the possible’. With a wealth of examples she shows how we can, regardless of gifts or background, give the future our own best shot."
General Sir Hugh Beach, former Master General of the Ordnance, the British Army.
“A work of lasting impact. Visionary is much too small to describe Scilla Elworthy, who credits a Nobel-winning mentor with telling her that the future belongs to those who can see it. With a rare grasp of today's realities, she not only sees what’s coming but also shares her pragmatic vision of what life could be like. From physics to farming, mystical traditions to social entrepreneurship, “Simpol” to Time Dollars, her wide-ranging descriptions illuminate hope amid crises. Alongside an empathetic analysis of “some of the giants who have shown the way,” this wise woman – herself a towering figure – offers readers a huge and motivating gift: an explanation of how ordinary individuals can change the world, and why they must wake up and do it.”
Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair, Hunt Alternatives; Chair and Founder, The Institute for Inclusive Security; Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“The world is in crisis, but what can each of us do about it? This book will help you to envision the kind of future that is possible - a lift-off into life as it could be. It provides a series of steps to get us from here to there, by bringing in pragmatic view points that can help us on our path. It will inspire you because it shows some of the steps we can take to be part of this positive future.”
Jochen Zeitz, Director of Kering and Chairman of the Kering board's sustainable development committee
“This extraordinary book is a model of incandescent leadership, inspiring us to imagine a different kind of world and the means of bringing it into being. Packed with precise and fascinating detail as well as many moving human stories, it carries the power to move us from ignorance and paralysis to informed, dynamic action. The causes and effects of climate change and the unbalanced culture and values contributing to them are now indisputable, but here they are explored in a clear and accessible way, offering an agenda for practical action that could halt the Sixth Great Extinction now in progress. Scilla Elworthy’s own life has been lived with immense courage and a visionary commitment to the service of others, as well as to her own inner transformation. Assimilate her wise and urgent message and discover your innate potential to become an awakened human being, participating in the change of consciousness directed towards rescuing the planet and future generations from the calamitous effects of our ignorance.”
Anne Baring, author of The Dream of the Cosmos: a Quest for the Soul
“This is a book about radical leadership; it will give you the essential skills and inner power to help build a world that works for all, and to have a great time doing it.”
Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow of Google and bestselling author of Search Inside Yourself
"They say it is better to light a candle than curse the dark. In this great book Scilla Elworthy sets the context of where we are as a society and shines a veritable searchlight on many practical and positive suggestions to some of todays' most intractable problems. A must read for all those who want to be part of the solution!"
Lawrence Bloom, ex Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management
"This book shows not only that we are living in a time of great challenges for humanity but that we are birthing a “new we” of participation, caring and innovation that brings forth a powerful answer that can only come through us. Through the internet and global challenges we are forced to become global citizens, and we cannot any more say “I don't know”. If we don't want to stay in the painful place of indifference, we are being called to contribute our gift to an amazing movement that is happening all over the world. Scilla is full of life wisdom. Through her caring, courage and love for the world she shines a light on how to be a global citizen in our time."
Thomas Hubl, founder of the Academy of Inner Science, Germany
"I have long been a fan of Scilla – she’s always pushing boundaries and thinking ahead. It has been a joy working with her over the years, especially introducing her to The Elders where she helped us at Virgin Unite design its form and function. We need women like Scilla to challenge us to re-order our perspectives by drawing on the feminine in us all, including men, and finding the ‘balance between the inner and the outer, between the psychological and the political, between reflection and action’ so vital to a new world in which peace, equity and justice might prevail."
Jane Tewson, founder of Charity Projects, Pilotlight UK and Igniting Change Australia; co-founder of Comic Relief