Genres: Documentary
Duration: 27 minutes
Filmmaker: Christopher Landry
Availability: Worldwide

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Joanna Macy and the Great Turning

At a time when everything we love seems to be at risk, Joanna Macy offers a kind of road map for this unique moment in human history when we must come alive to our truest power, to “look straight into the face of our time,” and to participate in the Great Turning.

What is the Great Turning? It is, as Joanna describes it, the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining one. It is, she believes, the third major revolution of human times, after the agricultural and industrial revolutions. This one, though, has to unfold much more quickly. The good news is that it is, all around the world.

“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth,” says Joanna, “Is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.”

Paul Hawken calls this “Arguably the greatest interview of our time with one the wisest women of our time. Heartbreakingly inspiring, practical and transcendental, transformative words that Joanna Macy has conjoined so beautifully in her life and work.”

Joanna Macy is an environmental activist, author, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is most renowned for her book “Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World” and the Great Turning initiative.

Joanna Macy and the Great Turning refer to a societal shift from an industrial growth society to a more sustainable civilization. Macy describes it as a transition to a life-sustaining civilization, representing the third revolution of human times. She emphasizes transforming despair and apathy into constructive, collaborative action amidst social and ecological crises. Macy’s work fosters hope and change in uncertain times. It’s a call to action towards a life-affirming society, backed by both spiritual and scientific perspectives.

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