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F. David Peat

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Gentle Action: Bringing Creative Change to a Turbulent World

Gentle Action now has its own website at It contains papers, case histories and a Blog. You are invited to send in your own examples - send them to and please post on the Blog.

January 26, David Peat gave a one-hour interview on New Dimensions radio on Gentle Action. See here for more details of the date of broadcast. The program will also be available on New Dimensions archives.

Please visit the Gentle Action group on Facebook where you can comment. We shall also be posting clips on Youtube. It can be found at

Gentle Action
The basic argument of David Peat's new book Gentle Action: Bringing Creative Change to a Turbulent World is that many of the systems around us - social, economic and environmental - are very complex to the point where we may only have partial knowledge of their behaviour and structure. On the other hand individuals, organizations and governments wish to bring about change, solve "problems" and make interventions. Yet, as a number of examples in the book illustrate, there are times when these interventions only make things worse, disrupt communities and damage economies. The solutions proposed in the book are that new forms of creative and "gentle action" are needed. These may range from projects on an international scale to a simple action by an individual. The book explores many such example and also contains chapters on the importance of trust and on creative suspension.

We invite readers to send in their own experiences, examples, thoughts and creative solutions to which will then be posted on this page.

For more information on the book itself or to order a copy go to

For a Youtube clip go here

For a radio interview on Gentle Action go to

And with Alan Boss on CBC in Calgary


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