Fifteen Paths: How To Tune Out Noise, Turn On Imagination And Find Wisdom by David WeitznerFifteen Paths: How To Tune Out Noise, Turn On Imagination And Find Wisdom by David Weitzner

Fifteen Paths: How To Tune Out Noise, Turn On Imagination And Find Wisdom

byDavid Weitzner

Paperback | March 5, 2019

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Prescriptions for imaginative living in today's noisy and ever-narrowing world

Our social conversation has gone awry. We have allowed the wrong people to lay claim to substantial amounts of social, political and economic power, leaving many of us to feel left out, left behind or left alone. We need to rethink what it means to listen, to think, to create and to be democratically engaged citizens. But how?

Fifteen Paths is a book of hope. Documenting a year of searching, a disillusioned business professor gave up on old arguments and set out to learn about the power of imagination with iconoclastic visionaries of dissonant rock, punk shamanism, ecstatic dance, poetic rap, fantastical comics, magical clowning and mystical channeling.

The men and women David Weitzner sought out shared life-altering thoughts.

Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth): a romantic spirit bolsters focus and spurs the quest for ideas; Nels Cline (Wilco): the trust of a wordless consensus is more life-affirming than winning an argument; Slava Polunin: rule-breaking unlocks untapped capacity for innovation; Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band): how to change the way we listen; Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe Sound System): what it means to trade fairly; Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing): the secret of creative entrepreneurs; Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson): the foundations of a more inclusive business model for creativity; Del the Funky Homosapien: why there is power in laughter; Angelo Moore (Fishbone): curiosity is inseparable from optimism; Mike Mignola (Hellboy): creative minds embrace fairy-tale logic; Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3): we have a responsibility to play in the spaces left open for us; Tzvi Freeman: there is spiritual power in surprising ourselves - and God; Dany Lyne: overcome trauma by connecting with elders; Lydia Lunch: we need to recreate ourselves to claim power in oppressive times.

Fifteen Paths concludes that there are no passive observers: this is an indispensable guide on how we can improve civic participation politically, expand inclusiveness in the world of economics, express our hopes and fears in the spiritual realm and build a shared culture of wisdom.

David Weitzner (PhD, MBA) is at heart a philosopher who briefly became a music industry executive and has now spent over a decade as a professor of strategy. David's research takes a critical stance on decision making in capitalist environments, leading to publication in top academic journals like the Academy of Management Review, Orga...
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Title:Fifteen Paths: How To Tune Out Noise, Turn On Imagination And Find WisdomFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.65 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An intriguing and insightful read ! Even though I was not familiar with every artist, this book remained accessible and engaging. A must read.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is a must read! A unique and insightful perspective on life.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read!! I just finished reading David Weitzner’s Fifteen Paths, a book I strongly recommend to anyone interested in having their imagination stimulated. I think that what I liked best about this book is the fact that even when I didn’t agree with the ideas being presented, it still got me thinking and helped to refine my own position. You cannot pick up this book and not be engaged!
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A radical approach to social engagement We live in an environment that is ever-politicized, -polarized and -fragmenting. It is an environment in which people retreat from one another and circle the wagons with like-minded folk, preferring to exist in the comfort of echo chambers, rather than engage openly and honestly with the seeming dissonance so as to build a better society for all. As Weitzner says in the introduction to Fifteen Paths: "Looking at current realities, we've become excellent at broadcasting, but receiving has perhaps become a lost skill." Take a look at any social media and you'll understand how perfectly the above sums up our current social malaise. Fifteen Paths is a fascinating and provoking read, using conversations with iconic artists (from musicians to clowns and shamans) to provide a radical approach to re-discovering the path to wisdom. Weitzner demonstrates that if we use our creative, imaginative skills, rather than arguing into the void, we can connect and converse in a healthy and productive manner. Fifteen Paths is a timely book that sharply considers what is going wrong with our society - on both extremes of the divide - and provides hope for a way forward. This is a must read for anyone who has wondered how we've strayed so far and what we must do to, as individuals and as a society, to re-connect.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A radical approach to social engagement We live in an environment that is ever-politicized, -polarized and -fragmenting. It is an environment in which people retreat from one another and circle the wagons with like-minded folk, preferring to exist in the comfort of echo chambers, rather than engage openly and honestly with the seeming dissonance so as to build a better society for all. As Weitzner says in the introduction to Fifteen Paths: "Looking at current realities, we've become excellent at broadcasting, but receiving has perhaps become a lost skill." Take a look at any social media and you'll understand how perfectly the above sums up our current social malaise. Fifteen Paths is a fascinating and provoking read, using conversations with iconic artists (from musicians to clowns and shamans) to provide a radical approach to re-discovering the path to wisdom. Weitzner demonstrates that if we use our creative, imaginative skills, rather than arguing into the void, we can connect and converse in a healthy and productive manner. Fifteen Paths is a timely book that sharply considers what is going wrong with our society - on both extremes of the divide - and provides hope for a way forward. This is a must read for anyone who has wondered how we've strayed so far and what we must do to, as individuals and as a society, to re-connect.
Date published: 2019-02-26

Table of Contents

Introduction


Chapter 1: Be Brave to be Romantic


Chapter 2: Reach a Wordless Consensus


Chapter 3: Break Rules Out of Respect


Chapter 4: Change the Way You Listen


Chapter 5: Trade Fairly


Chapter 6: Educate for the Future


Chapter 7: Eat at a Table


Chapter 8: Laugh at Yourself and Everything that Seems Important


Chapter 9: Be Curious


Chapter 10: Try Fairy Tale Logic


Chapter 11: Play the Spaces


Chapter 12: Surprise Yourself and Your God


Chapter 13: Seek Out Elders


Chapter 14: Re-create Yourself


Afterword: Don't be a Detached Observer

Editorial Reviews

"There is much practical wisdom in this book. We desperately need to have better conversations and Weitzner gives us a way forward." - R. Edward Freeman, Olsson Professor of Business Administration and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society at the Darden School of Business"This book bridges contemporary self-help, activist political critique and the ancient art of storytelling. In passing down the wisdom he has gathered from fourteen meaningful conversations, David Weitzner provides suggestions for an ethical compass that guides his readers to reflect on their own choices, patterns and beliefs. His ability to extract wisdom from conversation is akin to the morals that rise forth from Aesop's fables. A worthwhile and entertaining read." - Jesse Hanson, Ph.D., Registered Psychotherapist as seen on Intervention Canada"David Weitzner's innovative path to wisdom challenges you to put down your phone, crawl out of your echo chamber, gather at a table, actively look a stranger in the eye and keep the conversation going. It is not often that a book of philosophy can make you cry, not once, but twice, with images so beautiful and profoundly resonant you can't help but wonder if we've kicked ourselves out of our own state of cultural Eden. The result is messy, uncomfortable, even violent, requiring a collective act of creative destruction to push forward into a state of "safe" dissonance - showing up to a brave new artistic world breathed full of integrated love, vulnerability, curiosity. Fifteen Paths is a work of straight-up punk rock philosophy." - Heidi Noble, owner and executive winemaker of JoieFarm Winery"Fifteen Paths truly is a conversation, and it's an enlightening one. This book is an important read for business people, and for anyone who wants to be provoked and challenged to think differently about the world." - All About Work blog