Category: Inner Transition

An Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken

Key excerpts

This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken….

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world….

Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.

Paul Hawken, is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author, who resides in California.
For details of his writings, refer Wikipedia at

Full speech can be downloaded from official website here:

Download PDF: The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009

Thanks to Robert Zandstra for submitting this speech.

Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul was the first name given to this idea – exploring the internal psychological and spiritual changes we need to deal with in order to let go of our ‘addiction’ to oil. To deal with the denial most of us have – even if I know intellectually that we/I cannot keep using oil products the way I have in the past it is really challenging to go there even in my imagination… to live in a post oil world… how would that be?

Heart and Soul also explores the forces and beliefs that have moulded us from childhood and thus created our society as it is today, with our fears and feelings of lack, powerlessness and isolation.

If you have any ideas or contributions for exploring these areas, please let us know.