Several years ago William Murtha's life changed-when he experienced a near death experience, being swept into the sea by a rogue wave, and then rescued by a man who was looking through a borrowed telescope, not at the sky, but out into the dark ocean. Among other things Murtha travelled the world over discovering positive initiative that are helping to eradicate poverty, social injustice, environmental degradation. He began asking questions. He asked hundreds of luminaries and change makers "Given the enormit of problems no facing planet earth, please let me have your positive vision and hopes for the future. Can you share, in around 100 words, an empowering story that illustrates your insight, wisdom and feelings on how we can move toward a more just, fulfilling, and peaceful world." The results are varied and astounding. "Most countries in the world need to choose different parents, and these parents exist. They are the father and mother who did not ravage, rape and plunder, the father and mother who did not exterminate and sell and buy into slavery. The father and mother who did not seek domination over the earth." -Alice Walker Other contributors: Gary Zukav, Neale Donald Walsch, Desmond Tutu, Starhawk, James Redfield, Thic Nhat Han, Thomas Moore, George Leonard, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Arianna Huffington, Mary Gordon, Tim Flannery, Eve Ensler, Pema Chodrin, Sonia Choquette, Gregg Bradon, and Angeles Arrien, just to name a few. In addition to answering the question, each contributor lists a handful of books, songs, poems, movies that have influenced them. A brief biography completes each one-page entry.