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Making Waves and Riding the Currents by Charles Halpern

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PROLOGUE

THIS BOOK is about working for a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world while cultivating the wisdom that supports and deepens this work. Over the course of my career as a social entrepreneur and activist, I have launched public interest law firms, designed and led a new public interest law school, and served as founding president of a major foundation. I had a growing intuition that something was missing, and I sought ways of developing inner resources that complemented my cognitive and adversarial skills. These explorations led me to the conviction that the practice of wisdom is essential both to my own effectiveness and well-being and to our collective capacity to address the challenges of the twenty-first century successfully. ...

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