Katina Bishop, who collaborates on educational projects and programs at the Metta Center for Nonviolence (the nonprofit I founded), sat down with me recently to discuss my upcoming book, The Third Harmony: Nonviolence & The New Story of Human Nature (Berrett-Koehler, March 2020).
I’m glad Katina asked me about the inspiration behind the book. My full response to her question:
It’s something that’s been slowly dawning on me, over the years. I feel it’s the logical extension — the culmination, if you will — of the natural trajectory for anyone thinking of nonviolence the way we do, i.e. “principled,” or as I like to say, “not just a way of life but a state of mind — and doing so today.” To clarify the last part, I’ve been frustrated for quite some time with the absence of nonviolence awareness (and sometimes even of interest) among environmental activists, including the subset of those who work on the new story. I feel strongly that that silo has to be breached.
Our conversation has been published at Waging Nonviolence. Head over there to see what we talked about—and to learn how the book fits into the bigger picture at the Metta Center for Nonviolence.