How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth by John Wade II

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Whether it’s finding spiritual harmony, reducing carbon emissions, quelling hostilities among races, cutting taxes, or feeding the hungry, every single person has the capacity to change the world for the better. Longtime New Orleans writer, editor, and philanthropist John E. Wade II has asked some of our most prestigious thinkers, writers, artists, experts, and leaders to consider how to improve the world. The result––this ambitious volume––is as much a social mission as it is an inspirational anthology. Herein lie thoughtful and hopeful reflections on a rich variety of issues, ranging from racism, poverty, religious persecution, genocide, and environmental deterioration to individual consciousness, mental well-being, and community development.

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JOHN E. WADE II is a writer, investor, and philanthropist. He holds an MA from the University of Georgia. Don Frampton, senior pastor at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the son of a Presbyterian minister. His church and civic leadership during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been inspiring to many in and beyond St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Right Honorable Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister. Welsh economist Sir Clive W. J. Granger, who died in May 2009, was Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, where he taught from 1974 to 2003. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Nottingham, 1956 to 1973, where he earned his doctorate and where the Geography and Economics building is named after him. He wrote numerous books on economics and shared the 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences. Dan Reiter, PhD, is a professor in and chairman of Emory University's department of political science. The name of his essay is Democracy and Peace. Thomas R. McFaul is professor emeritus in ethics and religious studies at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His most recent book is The Future of Peace and Justice in the Global Village: The Role of the World Religions in the Twenty-first Century. Michael Nagler is professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and developed its courses in nonviolence and meditation. Rodolphe Adada, a former foreign minister of the Republic of Congo, is now the Joint Special Representative of Unamid. Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is a media proprietor and philanthropist. Paul Marek has been a teacher, freelance writer and owner of a wilderness lodge. Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition. James K. Glassman is a syndicated columnist, and editor-in-chief and executive publisher of The American. He was sworn in on June 10, 2008, as United States under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Dr. Walter Wink is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize, awarded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation for 2006. New Yorker Alexandra Mack's work has appeared in Vogue, Fashion Rocks and Skirt! magazines, and she is the assistant managing editor of Domino magazine. Chef Paul Prudhomme always knew he wanted to work in the food business, and right out of high school he opened his first restaurant-a drive-in hamburger place. For many years he cooked in other restaurants, in New Orleans and all over the country, before opening K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in the French Quarter. Debra Rosenman is the founder and director Project Sweet Dreams, a nonprofit organization that teaches children humane ethics and animal compassion through the study of great apes, focusing on education, fundraising and community relations. Sharon L. Davie is the editor of University and College Women Centers: A Journey toward Equity. Director of the University of Virginia Women's Center, she is the co-creator of the traveling exhibit "We Have to Dream While Awake: Courage and Change in El Salvador". Jacob Hornberger practiced law in Texas for thirteen years and serving as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Dallas, he then became director of The Foundation for Economic Education. In 1989 he founded The Future of Freedom Foundation, a libertarian education foundation in Fairfax, Virginia. James Waller was wrongfully convicted in 1982 and spent ten years in prison and fourteen years on parole before his exoneration in 2007. He currently lives in the Dallas area, where he speaks publicly about his wrongful conviction, works with the homeless, and supports people who have recently been exonerated. Daniel Agatino, the author of The Tao of Reagan: Common Sense from an Uncommon Man, is a professor of communication law and is a defense attorney practicing in New Jersey. President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He graduated with a degree in political science from Columbia University in 1983. Before moving to Chicago in 1985, he worked at Business International Corporation and then at the New York Public Interest Research Group. In Chicago, he worked as a community organizer with low-income residents. He entered Harvard Law School in 1988, was elected editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1990, and graduated in 1991. After graduating law school, he returned to Chicago and became a civil rights lawyer. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. In 1997, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate and served until 2004. In 2000, he made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2005, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 2007, he announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. On November 4, 2008, Obama defeated John McCain in the general election and became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He wrote Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance in 1995 and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream in 2006. He won Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2008 for abridged audiobook versions of both books. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. His book Of Thee I Sing came out in 2010. George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. Raya Tahan, has been a staff writer for the Associated Press, taught English as a second language in Budapest, and now heads a law firm in Phoenix, where she volunteers for several nonprofits and enjoys running marathons. Nigerian native Tunji Lardner is a journalist, social entrepreneur and development communications consultant with experience in Africa and elsewhere. Marianne Williamson is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. Alice Schroeder was born in Texas, and she earned an undergraduate degree and her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin before moving east to work in finance. Schroeder is an influential analyst in the field of property/casualty insurance, as well as an expert on the effect of the September 11 attacks on the insurance industry. She is a former CPA and lives in Connecticut with her husband. Thomas L. Friedman has written a column for The New York Times since 1981, covering financial news and international relations. Julie Burtinshaw is the author of five novels and is also a web editor. She is an avid cyclist and does her best to minimize her carbon footprint by walking, cycling or using public transit whenever possible. King Duncan is a professional speaker and the author of several books, including The Amazing Law of Influence: How You Can Change Your World. David Brooks was born in Toronto, Canada on August 11, 1961. He received a degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1983. After graduation, he worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau. His other jobs include numerous posts at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly. He currently is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and a weekly commentator on PBS NewsHour. He is the author of the several books including Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. He is also the editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing. In 2012 David Brooks made the New York Times Best Seller List with his title Social Animal: the Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Peter J. Tanous has served on several corporate boards and has written numerous books on money management and investing. Christine Barnes is an organization development consultant and certified coach with a global high tech company. Kenneth Einar Himma teaches philosophy at Seattle Pacific University and has published scholarly articles in the areas of philosophy of religion, philosophy of law, and information and computer ethics. Jane Roper is senior copywriter at the Boston marketing communications agency PARTNERS+simons, where she does her best to practice truth in advertising. Since 1980, Patty Gay has been executive director of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, a citywide not-for-profit organization. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Thomas Höhenleitner's career has included research and design, project management, hardware development, software systems testing and market analysis. The work of New Orleans-based interior designer Emily Adams has been featured in House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, New Orleans Magazine, Southern Women and The Majesty of the French Quarter. Chris Beneke is an associate professor of history and director of the Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Mike Farrell grew up in eastern Los Angeles. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he embarked on a career as an actor, eventually securing roles as the affable and eminently moral B. J. Hunnicut in the popular television series M*A*S*H and later Providence, as well as working as a writer, director and producer. Rúna Bouius is an Icelandic entrepreneur, leadership mentor and trainer, speaker and writer. She runs her company, Rúnora LLC, from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joshua Kucera is a freelance journalist who has reported from the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet Union. His work has been published in Time, Slate, The New Republic, The Nation, Jane's Defence Weekly and many other publications. Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a BA in sociology at Morehouse College, and a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary, winning numerous honors and awards. He served as pastor and co-pastor at several churches, and besides his civil rights work also fought against poverty and the war in Vietnam, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 while working to organize sanitation workers. Robert L. Perez, Jr., is a health and safety consultant in South Louisiana. He enjoys fine wine, fine dining, concerts and collecting small exotic animals. Leonard Pitts, won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. His book Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood became a bestseller. Charlotte Livingston is a practicing attorney in New Orleans. Her articles have appeared in nolababy, the Junior League of New Orleans' Lagniappe, and Louisiana Cookin'. Mary Rich has served on the Ocala City Council since 1995. As chair of the Ocala Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, she often is called upon to speak to local groups about diversity. Barbara Rogoski, an ordained minister, is the former coordinator of the St. Egideo meals for the homeless project in The Hague. Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., served as the forty-fifth vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Michael John Gerson served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter for five years, was a senior policy advisor from 2000 until 2006, and was known as "the conscience of the White House. A. Robert Smith, who lives in Virginia Beach, is the author of No Soul Left Behind and a historical novel Ben Franklin's Secret Love. Renee Peck was a feature writer and editor at The Times-Picayune from 1977 to 2009. When the levee beaches from Hurricane Katrina inundated 80 percent of the city's housing stock in 2005, "I lost my beat," she says wryly. Levi Ben-Shmuel is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. He has devoted his life to fulfilling a spiritual vision of people coming together through his music, writing and speaking. William E. Barrick was executive vice president and director of gardens at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, for almost twenty years before becoming executive director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November 1999. Barrick currently serves on the board of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, Advisory Committee Spring Hill College, Visiting Committee of the University of Mobile, Providence Hospital Foundation, and Infirmary West Advisory Board and trustee of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church. Annette Aungier, a native and resident of Dublin, Ireland, is a money market dealer for an agency that serves the national government. Single, she counts her cat as a valued family member. Jana Carvalha is a Carioca, one who is a native of Rio de Janeiro, where she is a professional tour guide and self-trained ecologist. Besides the Amazon rainforest, her particular interest is in the flora and fauna of her home city. After receiving her Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Notre Dame, Adrienne Froelich Sponberg moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her goal of making science accessible to policymakers. Whitney Parker Scully, is the editor of Delta Gamma's award-winning quarterly publication, the Anchora, Brian Skeele, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a general contractor, pragmatic visionary and co-facilitator of Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods Workshops. Psychologist Daniel Goleman was born on March 7, 1946 in Stockton, California. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard. Goleman wrote his first book, "The Meditative Mind" after studying ancient psychology systems and meditation practices in India and Sri Lanka. Goleman wrote about psychology and related fields for the New York Times for 12 years beginning in 1984. In 1993 he co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. He is also a co-chairman of The Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and a member of the Mind and Life Institute's board of directors. Goleman has written several popular books, including "Emotional Intelligence," "Social Intelligence," and "Ecological Intelligence." He received a Career Achievement award for journalism from the American Psychological Association and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to recognize his efforts to communicate the behavioral sciences to the public. John Hanc is a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine. Hanc, also teaches writing and journalism at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. Stella Resnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and the author of The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How to Let Go and Be Happy. Laurie Norris is a staff attorney with the Public Justice Center in Baltimore. Todd Crandell, is the founder and executive director of Racing for Recovery, a nonprofit foundation with the mission of preventing all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health. Mark Maccora works on independent and major films as a producer, production manager, cinematographer, and digital composer and provides visual effects. Eric Newhouse, projects editor for the Great Falls Tribune (Montana), won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2000, for a yearlong series of stories on alcoholism. T Native New Orleanian Poppy Tooker has spent her life immersed in the vibrant colors and flavors of her home town. For over twenty-five years her classes have centered on history and tradition, as well as the food science reasons of why and how while remaining eminently entertaining. Chris Bynum has worked as a journalist , a food editor, a fashion editor, a feature writer, a social columnist, health and fitness writer and an entertainment magazine editor. Mark Lundholm is a former criminal, mental patient, homeless wino and halfway house resident. After very humble beginnings, he has taken his successful standup comedy career through all fifty states and ten foreign countries. Danny Wuerffel is perhaps best known for his football career, which includes four Southeastern Conference championships and the national title at the University of Florida, culminating in his winning the Heisman Trophy in 1996. After retiring from pro ball, Danny became the executive director of the Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans. Lolis Eric Elie is a staff writer at The Times-Picayune, and produced two documentaries. William Griffin is a writer and translator who has done major biographical work on Billy Graham. Darlene MacInnis is a child and youth care worker and a family service worker with Child and Family Services. Dan Amos is chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated. Mr. Amos has received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award. He was named America's Best CEO for the insurance/life category in 2009 by Institutional Investor magazine. Nicholas Maxwell has for years argued for revolutionary changes in universities so that they promote wisdom, not merely the acquisition of knowledge. For nearly thirty years he taught philosophy of science at University College in London, where he is now Emeritus Reader. Emilie Griffin, known to college friends as Russell Dietrich, won awards as an advertising executive in major firms in New York City and New Orleans. She is also an award-winning playwright and the author of sixteen books on Christian spiritual life. N. H. Atthreya, PhD, is the author of Spiritual Culture in the Corporate Drama, Practice of Excellence, and Towards Heaven on Earth. He lives in Mumbai. Chris Rose began his journalism career at the Washington Post, and in 1984 became a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. After Hurricane Katrina and the devastating breaks in the Corps of Engineers levees, the most prevalent topic of his column became, rather than Britney Spears trivia, how Orleanians dealt (or failed to deal) with all the losses. In early 2006, he complied many of his first post-storm columns into a book, One Dead in Attic, which was picked up and expanded by Simon & Schuster in 2007, an extraordinary occurrence for a self-published work. The book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Rose won a Pulitzer for his contributions to the Times-Picayune's Public Service Award. Robert Gamble is the director of This Child Here, a nonprofit supported largely by Presbyterians and Presbyterian Churches (USA). Peter Lovenheim has served as legal counsel and director of program development for the Center for Dispute Settlement in Rochester, New York, and was the founding president of Empire Mediation and Arbitration, a private dispute resolution company. David Crosby, the son of a pastor, serves as senior pastor of New Orleans' First Baptist Church. Albinas Prizgintas eventually settled in New Orleans, where he has been music director at Trinity Episcopal Church. Besides the weekly Trinity Artists Series, Prizgintas developed Bach Around the Clock, the annual twenty-eight hour presentation that has garnered many prizes. Copthorne Macdonald is a writer and independent scholar. Since 1995 he has tended a website that provides internet access to wisdom-related resources. Chris Wood has taught and coached grades seven through twelve in public and private schools in Anniston, Alabama. Anne Teachworth is the founder and director of the Gestalt Institute of New Orleans/New York, and a Certified Gestalt Counselor, Certified Psychogenetic Trainer, Certified Matchmaker and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and teaches at conferences all over the world. Nicholas D. Kristof has traveled extensively and writes bi-weekly op-ed columns for the New York Times. With his wife, also a Times journalist, he won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the events at Tiananmen Square, and he won a second in 2006 for his columns on the genocide in Darfur. Dale Brown was born on November 2, 1956 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Western European history, where he wrote a column for the University's newspaper, The Daily Collegian. He went on to freelance for computer magazines, such as Run and Compute's Gazette for Commodore. He received an Air Force Commission in 1978 and while there, he received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Combat Crew Medal and a Marksmanship Ribbon. He also wrote for several military base newspapers while he was still enlisted. He left the Air Force as a Captain and remains a multi-engine and instrument rated private pilot. He is a director and volunteer pilot for AirLifeLine, a nonprofit national medical transport for needy people who cannot afford to travel for medical attention. He is the author of several series including Dale Brown's Dreamland and, Patrick McLanahan. Dreamland. His title Tiger's Claw made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. George Rodrigue is a Cajun artist originally from New Iberia, Louisiana, best known for his paintings of Cajun folk life until his Blue Dog paintings catapulted him to worldwide fame in the 1990s. He was named Louisiana Artist Laureate in October, 2008. Other authors also contributed to writing this book. Perhaps best known as co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Martin Rutte is the president of Livelihood, a management consulting firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that explores the deeper meaning of work and its contribution to society.
Published July 10, 2012 by Pelican Publishing Company. 353 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality.

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