Reviews of A Golden Civilization and the Map of Mindfulness

"Not since Walt Whitman have I heard as visionary a voice of inclusion and longing, seeking to free the spirit of humankind, and setting us on a path of wise, honorable, authentic, participative life. George Kinder has envisioned a new world, a leap of civilization based on the foundation of fulfilling the true potential of the conscious human in a world hungry for change. He sets in motion the examined life of democratic freedom along with our global need for a new economic system rooted in true democratic principles of virtue and equality. Kinder points us toward a global renaissance. This is big! This is true integrity in action. I want to help create and live in the world that Kinder teaches us is possible."

~Eido Frances Carney Roshi, Olympia Zen Center, author of Kakurenbo or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan

George Kinder has, once again, opened up our eyes to some inescapable, fundamental truths that we should all be mindful of. He reconnects us with what really matters and asks probing questions of introspection that encourage the reader to realign our vision, velocity and even values. Perhaps most importantly, George has the courage and commitment in his book to not only envision for us what is possible; he also sets out a roadmap to get us there. His ideas seem perfectly plausible, because they are - the idea of a Golden Civilization is something that we can collectively work towards. I kept finding myself thinking about John Lennon’s masterpiece “Imagine” because the book is a wonderful enabler for free thinking and creativity; releasing the reader from any sense of learned helplessness, intellectual impotency and constrained expectations of the future; the book is that good. Anybody can profit enormously from letting this book into their lives but I’d suggest it’s a must for those of us that want the financial services sector to harness the transformational power of transparency, integrity and purposefulness.

~Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair, Transparency Task Force

A brilliant and energizing synthesis brimming with insightful and hopeful directions that could—if we only would—create a golden civilization wherein, among other things, institutions are our servants, deep presence counts as wealth, and media delivers peace. Thus forms a golden circle of outer and inner freedom. May it be so.

~Prof. Anne C. Klein, Lama Rigzin Drolma, Dept of Religion, Rice University; Founding spiritual director, Dawn Mountain; author of Meeting the Great Bliss Queen and Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse, a Story of Transmission.

A Golden Civilization is a profound and timely book that raises the bar for a global vision of leadership—one based on wisdom. This is a must-read guide for leaders primed to create a better world out of these complex times.

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, Founders, Wisdom at Work; Faculty, University of Minnesota Medical School; Authors, Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World; Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness; and Wisdom at Work.

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