Alastair is a Scottish writer, broadcaster and campaigning academic, best known for his BBC Scotland Thought for the Day broadcasts, his work on land reform on the Isle of Eigg, as a leader of the campaign that stopped the Harris superquarry, and as a teacher of the unlikely subject of nonviolence at military staff academies across Europe.
Matt is a climate activist, English teacher and writer. He was a founder board member of Schumacher North and is the creator of the Delta course in Spirituality.
About the book: Over the past half century the issues facing activists have changed, as has our understanding and awareness of spirituality. For activists, spiritual philosophy is rising up the agenda because it offers distinct, tried and tested approaches to deep questions: Where did it all go wrong? What does it mean to be human? What is the place of leadership? What is the nature of power?
The book begins by defining spirituality for a modern audience of all faiths and beliefs, and goes on to consider the problems and necessities of true leadership. Drawing on a rich history of spirituality and activism, from The Bhagavad Gita, to the Hebrew prophets, to Carl Jung, it is both guide and inspiration for people involved in activism for social or environmental justice.
The text is enriched with tales from the authors’ own experiences. It contains case studies of inspirational spiritual activists (including Mama Efua, Desmond Tutu, Gerrard Winstanley, Sojourner Truth and Julia Butterfly Hill), which demonstrate the transformative power of spiritual principles in action.