writing

writing

My most important pieces of writing are my books Find Your Power (2nd Edition, Permanent Publications, 2010) and Active Hope (co-authored with Joanna Macy, published by New World Library in March/April 2012). For a selection of articles I’ve written, see my page at http://issuu.com/findyourpower

You can also link to the following articles here:

1) My Positive Psychology Blog in Positive News

This series of articles looks explores how we can apply psychological insight to bring out the best in ourselves and others, contribute to the world and improve our quality of life. I produce a new piece every three months. You can see the archive from the last few years at this link: http://positivenews.org.uk/category/blogs/positive-psychology-blogs/

2) Afterglow, Altruism and Adventure

This article, written for the Action for Happiness website, describes how ‘afterglow’ is one of the keys to developing satisfaction in life.

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/news/afterglow,-altruism-and-adventure

3) Interview with Rob Hopkins about my book Find Your Power

The responses I wrote to questions Rob Hopkins asked me are viewable at: http://transitionculture.org/2010/05/15/exclusive-interview-chris-johnstone-on-inspiration-finding-your-power-and-transition/

4) Strategies to Prevent Burnout

BMJ 7192 Volume 318: Saturday 1 May 1999 This piece was published in the Career Focus section of the British Medical Journal. Based on my Burnout Prevention course, it was written for a medical audience. However the principles it outlines can be applied to burnout prevention in any field. You can read it on the web at http://www.bmj.com/content/318/7192/S2-7192.full

5) Interview with David Gershon

I see David Gershon’s book Social Change 2.0 as hugely important for our time, it describing his work on community empowerment and behaviour change for a sustainable civilization. Permaculture Magazine published an interview I did with him on their website. You can read it at: http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/changing-world-your-neighbourhood

6) Reconnecting with our World

Chapter 8 in Creative Advances in Groupwork, eds. Anna Chesner and Herb Hahn, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2002 (ISBN 1 85302 953 X). This chapter describes Deep Ecology workshops designed to deepen participants’ feeling of connection with our world and strengthen their power to respond to global issues. Drawing on the work of Joanna Macy and John Seed, the chapter describes the principles and practice of this type of empowerment process, as well as reporting the results of a follow up outcome study. In this, a postal questionnaire was sent to participants a year after they had attended one of these workshops. Over 90% of respondents reported a strengthening in both their sense of connection with the world and their feeling that they could make a difference within it. Over 80% replied that the experience of the workshop had changed their life, and for this, over a quarter had marked the response ‘very deeply’.

You can buy this book at: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/1-85302-953-X

7) Interview in The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins

Chapter Six of this best-selling guide to addressing peak oil and climate change focuses on the Psychology of Change. It features an interview with me where I describe how insights from addictions treatment can help us address our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. For more information, see http://transitionculture.org/shop/the-transition-handbook/

8) Interview in Be The Change by Trenna Cormack

In this chapter, I tell some of my story and describe what inspires and sustains me in addressing my concerns about the world. For more information, see http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Change-Action ReflectionTransforming/dp/0955521300/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1291665822&sr=1-1

9) The Lens of Deep Ecology

This booklet introducing systems thinking and the Deep Ecology approach was published by the Institute for Deep Ecology (UK) in 1994, and revised in 1997. It has been used as a core text on university courses in several countries. It is currently out of print, though extracts from it are still used on several distance-learning packages. You can download a digital version from http://issuu.com/findyourpower