The Cultural Creatives
How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
Publication Date: October 2, 2001
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ARE YOU A CULTURAL CREATIVE?
Do you dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods?
Do you care deeply about the destruction of the environment and would pay higher taxes or prices to clean it up and to stop global warming?
Are you unhappy with both the left and the right in politics and want to find a new way that does not simply steer a middle course?
In this landmark book, sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson draw upon thirteen years of survey research studies on more than 100,000 Americans. They reveal who the Cultural Creatives are and the fascinating story of their emergence over the last generation, using vivid examples and engaging personal stories to describe their distinctive values and lifestyles. The Cultural Creatives offers a more hopeful future and prepares us all for a transition to a new, saner, and wiser culture.
Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., was educated at Yale and the University of Michigan. Currently he is executive vice president of American LIVES, Inc., a market research and opinion polling firm doing research on the lifestyles and values of Americans.
Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D., was educated at Goucher College and the University of Toronto, where she was an associate professor and head of psychological research at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. She is the author of numerous articles in psychology and coauthor of the bestselling Feminine Face of God. The authors are married and live in Northern California.
"There is no way to overestimate the contribution that Ray and Anderson have made to our understanding of the times in which we live. They have put their finger on the pulse of an entire generation. Just knowing who we are, having a name as it were, gives Cultural Creatives more power to affect the world."
-- Marianne Williamson, author of Healing the Soul of America
"The Cultural Creatives is a bold announcement that the starting gun for social transformation has already gone off. . . . Essential reading for understanding the converging forces for profound social change in the coming decades."
-- Duane Elgin, author of Promise Ahead and Voluntary Simplicity
"A really interesting perspective on the history and growth of the modern consciousness movements. The Cultural Creatives helps us understand who we can be -- it gives hope."
-- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
"The Cultural Creatives tells the human story behind some of the most significant and intriguing research of the new millennium -- 50 million pioneers who have broken out of the cultural trance and are creating effective change in the world. This is a truly inspiring and essential resource for creating a new politics."
-- Corinne McLaughlin, coauthor of Spiritual Politics: Changing the World from the Inside Out and executive director of the Center for Visionary Leadership
"Written with passion, The Cultural Creatives sows seeds of ecological ethics, idealism, and economic justice. Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson have made a much-needed contribution to the good fight."
-- Randall Hayes, founder and president of the Rainforest Action Network
"Hallelujah! The Cultural Creatives brings us spectacular, inspiring good news: our long-desired sea change has occurred, each of us 'cultural creatives' is not alone, together we now amount to a critical mass sufficient to transform America!"
-- John Vasconcellos, California State Senator