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Empowerment Resource Manual Book Proposal
 

EMPOWERMENT: PERSONAL GROWTH, SOCIAL CHANGE, AND ECOLOGY

A proposal for a holistic Green Empowerment Resource Manual for the Millennium.

by the Owner and Manager of EmpowermentResources.com

Posted on the Internet 12/4/96, revised 5/10/97.
Last modified 11/26/99.


MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

     I've already published 2 websites:

          1)  "EmpowermentResources.com-- Tools for Personal Growth, Social Change, and Ecology" [at "http://www.EmpowermentResources.com/".] - "Over 700 links and over 420 recommended empowerment resource books for sale (most discounted 20-30%) plus over 3 million books, 400,000 CDs, 100,000 movies, 65,000 audio books, and over 850 magazines to choose from.  Many of these these items are sold at a discount.  A Green guide to Empowerment Resources on the Internet.   Knowledge is power.  Empower the people."
          2) "EmpowermentBooks.com" [at  "http://www.EmpowermentBooks.com/".] - "Over 420 recommended empowerment resource books for sale (most discounted 20-30%) and over 80 links on over 24 topics related to personal growth, social change and ecology.  Plus over 3 million books, 400,000 CDs, 100,000 movies, 65,000 audio books, and over 850 magazines to choose from.  Many of these these items are sold at a discount.  Knowledge is power.  Empower the people."
     I also wrote a detailed undergraduate thesis on Empowerment: Personal Growth and Social Change in 1986 (and I currently have most of it stored electronically in MS-Word for Windows '95 format).
     I've also been a radical for 20 years, and I've accumulated a lot of experience, knowledge and wisdom (and some victories and losses) during that time.

MY PROPOSAL
     Now, based upon my websites, thesis, knowledge, experience, library, and idealism, I propose to write one of the best resource manuals on personal growth, social change, and ecology written from a 1960's or Green perspective available in America.  Through a philosophy that advocates personal, cultural, and political empowerment, as well as building an ecologically sustainable society, I plan to combine the best info from the personal growth and self-help movements, voluntary simplicity, holistic health, natural living, vegetarianism, alternative medicine, the counterculture, the co-operative and communal movements, the Green movement, the left, eco-feminism, other topics covered in my websites, and a focus on building a peaceful, humane, co-operative ecologically sustainable society into one overall strategy, vision, and resource manual for empowerment.  In this book I plan to include:

  1. A self-contained holistic Green empowerment resource manual chock-full of useful information, including some consciousness-raising flyers and quotes and liberal excerpts (with permission) from some of the best personal growth and social change books published within the last 40 years.
  2. A list and review of the best empowerment resources available (such as The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, Co-op America, Utne Reader, Working Assets, unions and the A.F.L.-C.I.O., and the novel Ecotopia), as well as a list of excellent empowerment resource books on all key empowerment topics, so that an individual can quickly locate good books on whatever aspect of empowerment he/she is most interested in.  (I already link to many of the best empowerment resources on the Internet in my EmpowermentResources.com website and I already sell over 420 empowerment resource books at EmpowermentBooks.com.)
  3. Humorous and inspiring cartoons, graphics, and pictures, including (with permission) 1996-1999 cartoons from the mass media with Green themes in order to make the manual fun, inviting, and visually appealing as well as educational.  (I've saved most of the cartoons appearing in the Washington Post since March 1996, and I welcome permission from the cartoonists to reprint them (preferably for free) in my book.)

     This book would complement and be complemented by my EmpowermentResources.com websites, which, as they becomes better publicized, will enable me to more easily network and gather information while I completely rewrite my unpublished college thesis, which is an earlier empowerment manual that I wrote in 1986.
     While my goal is to produce a book that anyone can find interesting, fun, visually appealing, and educational, my target audience is that portion of the population  that strongly identifies with 1960's or Green values.  The Emerging Culture by Paul Ray explains that there are 44 million Americans with Green values (24% of the American adult population).
     I want the book to be immediately published in paperback format (or hardback if the book is large enough to warrant it) at an affordable price.  The Green movement has much to offer the American people, and I want to provide them with a good-quality affordable holistic Green empowerment resource manual to complement my websites.


MY MOTIVATION
     After extensive self-reflection, I have decided that the key to social change is to empower people to transform their own lives and collectively transform society.  That's why I wrote my thesis on Empowerment: Personal Growth and Social Change, that's why I started by own business, Empowerment Resources, and that's why I created my 2 websites, EmpowermentResources.com and EmpowermentBooks.com, and that's why I am interested in publishing a holistic Green empowerment resource manual on Empowerment: Personal Growth, Social Change, and Ecology soon.  (I also have to admit that, after losing money so far on my website, I'm looking forward to earning money publishing a book.)

     I can provide additional information to book publishers and/or foundations or individuals in a position to help finance this effort.

     I also appreciate suggestions, encouragement, and/or endorsements from others who have reviewed this book proposal. 

     Empowerment Resources can be contacted at:     

               Empowerment Resources
               P.O. Box 3190
               Silver Spring, MD  20918
               http://www.EmpowermentResources.com
               empower@EmpowermentResources.com
              
301-779-9769


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