The 8 Laws of Change (Paperback)

How to Be an Agent of Personal and Social Transformation

By Stephan A. Schwartz

Park Street Press, 9781620554579, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2015

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Description

Scientifically based strategies for enacting successful and enduring change on personal, societal, and global levels, no matter what your background

• 2016 Nautilus Silver Award

• Shares the stories of people who have changed history, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Ben Franklin, and Gandhi, detailing how they used the 8 laws of change

• Based on more than 16 years of scientific and historical research as well as the author’s own experiences during the Civil Rights movement

• Explores research in the fields of medicine, neuroscience, biology, and quantum physics to reveal the science of how the 8 laws of change work

Inspired by his own powerful experiences during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and other social movements in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Stephan Schwartz spent 16 years researching successful social transformations, uncovering the science and the patterns behind them all. He found that there are three ways to create social change. The first is the advancement of technology and science. The second--change compelled by physical power--is almost always coercive and violent and, for those reasons, not long lasting. The third avenue of change he discovered--the most successful and enduring--is one brought about by something so subtle it is often not taken seriously: small individual choices based on integrity and shared intention.

Revealing how the dynamics of change are learnable, Schwartz explains the 8 laws of individual and social behavior that can enable any person or small group--even ordinary people without great wealth, official position, or physical power--to bend the arc of history and create successful lasting transformation. He shares the stories of individuals who have actually changed history, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi, detailing how they implemented the strategies and tactics of the 8 laws to achieve their success.

The author explores research in the fields of medicine, neuroscience, biology, and quantum physics to reveal the science of how these laws of change work. He explains why compassionate and life-affirming changes have the most enduring impact and shows how each of the 8 laws cultivates a sense of “beingness” in the individual, empowering your integrity and connecting you to something greater than yourself--the key to lasting change on the personal, societal, and global levels.


About the Author

Scientist, futurist, and award-winning author Stephan A. Schwartz is a columnist for the journal Explore and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net, where he covers trends that are affecting the future. He also writes regularly for The Huffington Post. His academic and research appointments include Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University; Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research; Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind, and Healing of the Samueli Institute; Founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory; Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center; and Senior Fellow of the Philosophical Research Society. Government appointments include Special Assistant for Research and Analysis to the Chief of Naval Operations and consultant to the Oceanographer of the Navy. For 40 years Schwartz has been studying the nature of consciousness and its role in social transformation, exceptional human performance, social outcome research, and trends that are affecting the future. He is part of the small group that founded modern remote viewing research and is the principal researcher studying the use of remote viewing in archaeology. He also uses remote viewing to examine the future. Since 1978, he has been asking people to remote view the year 2050, and out of that has come a complex trend analysis. His other areas of experimental study include research into creativity, meditation, and Therapeutic Intent/Healing. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Science and Medicine. The author of more than 130 technical reports and papers, Schwartz has written numerous magazine articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, American Heritage, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, as well as other magazines and newspapers. He has produced and written a number of television documentaries and has written four books: The Secret Vaults of Time, The Alexandria Project, Opening to the Infinite, and his latest, The 8 Laws of Change, winner of the 2016 Nautilus Book Award for Social Change.


Praise For The 8 Laws of Change: How to Be an Agent of Personal and Social Transformation

“To reveal the human element that is so critical in the dynamics of change has given us a great gift for our work in student debt relief. Stephan Schwartz has captured the essence of community action, and the world will benefit immeasurably from learning it.”

“No one tracks human megatrends better than Stephan Schwartz does in his Schwartz Reports. Now, in his The 8 Laws of Change, he has given us a sweeping, coherent view of ways in which we can meet our world’s primary challenges. He has done us a wondrous service.”

“If you are concerned about proliferating social, cultural, and planetary crises, read The 8 Laws of Change. This book shows how Margaret Mead could say, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’”

“Finally, a book that shows us how lasting change for social good really happens--by starting with our own thoughts and minds! A luminous contribution to social and moral progress.”

“In my lifetime I have had the pleasure (although I use that word with reservations) of being the catalyst for someone to dramatically change their life twice. It is a profoundly humbling experience to be the carrier of such powerful energy, and to see it manifest so vividly. I expected The 8 Laws of Change to be a guidebook to making that kind of experience a possibility (if not an actuality) again. What I found instead was both far more powerful, and more subtle. Whether you want to be the newest Rosa Parks, a good example for your kids, or just join a group already moving to create change that you want to see in the world. The 8 Laws of Change is worth reading, assimilating, and (dare I say it?) distributing to all. This is not a book full of easy answers, nor should it be. Strongly recommended.”

"Whether you want to be the newest Rosa Parks, a good example for your kids, or just join a group already moving to create change that you want to see in the world. The 8 Laws of Change is worth reading, assimilating, and (dare I say it?) distributing to all."

[How] social transformation can occur without wealth, power, or force. . . . The 8 Laws of Change is a tour de force that will inspire and empower.

“In The 8 Laws of Change, Stephan shares his insights to creating social change for personal, societal, and global transformation. He reveals the science of how these laws of change work to empower your life.”

The 8 Laws of Change is written by a sensational man and teacher, Stephan Schwartz. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to change their lives personally or create change on a collective scale.Stephan clearly discusses the blocks to positive change and how to overcome them to attain interpersonal peace and peace on the planet. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom to draw on over a lifetime.”

“I know of no book that is comparable to Stephan Schwartz’s The 8 Laws of Change. This book is a loving, compassionate, life-affirming gift from a great mind, someone who cares deeply about our future. All genuine wisdom is simple, clear, inspiring, and beautiful--the hallmarks of The 8 Laws of Change. Quite simply, this book left me pleasantly stunned and happily inspired. You will be too.”

The 8 Laws of Change addresses the most important question in the world now and, like Charles Eisenstein’s work in sacred economics, is truly unique and hopeful.”