A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World

A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's year-long visit to Tibet as part of her determination to take a more active role in fighting the Chinese occupation, describing her often haphazard participation in protests, fundraisers, and other activities. By the author of The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment. 20,000 first printing.

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Tired of half-hearted attempts to effect change in the world, Isabel Losada decides to walk the talk and embarks on a journey that takes her from protests in the streets of London to India and back again.

Sometimes you just have to do something, don't you? Sometimes an injustice comes along and you think, "No, this cannot be," and -- rather than just turn off the TV, or throw away the newspaper one more time -- you know it's time to act.

If you or I decide to take an action for a cause beyond ourselves, one in which we have no historical reason to become involved, will we be greeted with cynicism and become a laughingstock? Perhaps. But I enjoy making people laugh. So that's the first problem solved.

It doesn't matter what the injustice is that's got you hopping about. It could be the destruction of the rain forest, the war in the Middle East, or the drug addiction in your neighborhood -- it's all the same. It's making a difference I'm playing with here.

So begins Losada's fast-moving narrative, a tale of romance, history, travel, politics, Buddhism, human rights, lively interviews, and, above all, humor. From visits to Nepal and Tibet to meetings with the Chinese ambassador and Tibetan awareness-raising groups, Isabel single-handedly hatches a stunning PR coup involving Trafalgar Square, a sixty-foot banner, and a base-jumping parachutist launching from Nelson's Column who captures headlines worldwide ... then she meets the Dalai Lama. Warm and funny, moving and thought provoking, this astonishing book celebrates the fact that no matter what our passions are, we can make a difference.

Isabel's List of Ten Indispensable Things You Need to Change the World:

  1. A cupboard. To put your TV in.
  2. A crazy, wonderful, foolish plan.
  3. Selective deafness. (The complete inability to hear the word no.)
  4. A coffee addiction (impossible otherwise).
  5. Unconditional love for others -- 24/7.
  6. Deranged friends.
  7. An irrational desire to do mad things -- called fundraising (jump out of planes, etc.).
  8. A Web site that you made yourself and can maintain yourself. No, really!
  9. An unbalanced sense of humor.
  10. Persistence. Joy. Persistence. Joy. Persistence. Joy. Persistence.


Book News
The author, who had never been politically active before, decided to become involved in the struggle for a Tibet free of Chinese occupation. Her efforts eventually resulted in a banner-drop at London's Trafalgar Square and a meeting with the Dalai Lama. Drawing on the same Buddhist influenced philosophy she set forth in The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment, she describes her activities and the inner wellspring she drew on during her involvement, while simultaneously offering her take on the politics and history of Tibet. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Tired of half-hearted attempts to effect change in the world, Isabel Losada decides to walk the talk and embarks on a journey that takes her from protests in the streets of London to India and back again.
This is a fast-moving narrative, a tale of romance, history, travel, politics, Buddhism, human rights, lively interviews, and, above all, humor. From visits to Nepal and Tibet to meetings with the Chinese ambassador and Tibetan awareness-raising groups, Isabel single-handedly hatches a stunning PR coup involving Trafalgar Square, a sixty-foot banner, and a base-jumping parachutist launching from Nelson's Column who captures headlines worldwide... then she meets the Dalai Lama.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the author's year-long visit to Tibet as part of her determination to take a more active role in fighting the Chinese occupation, describing her often haphazard participation in protest, fundraisers, and other activities.

Publisher: San Francsico : HarperSanFransico, 2005
ISBN: 9780060780104
006078010X
Branch Call Number: 951.505 LOSAD LOSAD
Notes: Originally published: For Tibet, with love. London : Bloomsbury, 2004

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