Grounded hope for democracy and the Earth
inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
Why a Billion of Us
Build Our World Anew
A journey for these times that try our souls
. 2022 update covers U.S. insurrection and the invasion of Ukraine .
Award-Winning author and Journalist
“Thomas Paine rallied Americans to a new sense of themselves and their possibilities. Judah Freed does likewise for citizens of the planet.”
Falter, The End of Nature; 350.org, Global Climate March
“Judah Freed has taken the gauntlet from Thomas Paine and other great innovators of democracy to guide us toward the evolution of democracy itself. Making Global Sense is a wonderful book, well written and inspired.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard,
Conscious Evolution (she saw draft)
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IN THESE TRYING TIMES of climate change when authoritarian nations outnumber democracies, our best hope for freedom and a sustainable future is seeing our global oneness – and taking action.
Making Global Sense reports that more than a billion of us on earth are aware of our connectivity. We’re generating a global sense movement that’s building critical mass for a global quantum shift of humanity into enlightened democracy.
Author and journalist Judah Freed finds inspiration in Common Sense by Thomas Paine. Where Paine in 1776 opposed injustice from monarchy and hereditary succession, Freed opposes ancient alpha male rule and authority addiction, hidden by split perceptions, instead advocating mindful self rule and personal democracy. Where Paine urged revolution, Freed urges evolution. Weaving essay and memoir, Making Global Sense revives ideals from the 18th century Enlightenment to champion our 21st century enlightenment, now!
Changing how we make sense of life and the world changes our lives and the world. A global sensibility equalizes and liberates all genders, races, ages, and abilities for ample prosperity and lively democracy. “New men,” for instance, can let go of trying to rule the world and instead learn how to rule themselves. People of all natures can thrive when their lives make global sense.
Balancing head and heart, around the essays are woven memoir sections where the author tells the story behind his insights. Youthful faith in a cult, for example, led him to grasp why and how we give away our power to leaders. The story of his later cancer survival journey offers hope for anyone.
Globally awake readers can feel they are not alone, nor powerless, especially when we unite for nonviolent actions together. Those still asleep to our oneness may now safely open their eyes.
Comments on the Book
“Making Global Sense is at once vast and tangible, disturbing and inspiring.”
– Ocean Robbins, CEO, The Food Revolution Network.
“Judah Freed shows how global awareness is already changing life on our planet. The book offers us real hope when we need it most.”
– John Mackey, Conscious Capitalism, CEO, Whole Foods.
“Making Global Sense by Judah Freed is truly a masterpiece.”
– Don E. Beck, PhD, co-founder of Spiral Dynamics.
“Judah Freed holds an unflinching mirror up to human nature and offers a blueprint for the spirit and substance we will need to survive and thrive on Planet Earth.”
– Terry Tamminen, Lives Per Gallon; former California EPA head.
“Making Global Sense is compelling in its ideas and wonderful in its personal elements!”
– Herb Goldberg, PhD, The New Male; The Hazards of Being Male.
“Making Global Sense is a timely, inspirational empowering call to action.”
– Marian McCain, Elderwoman; editor, GreenSpirit.
“The book is clear-eyed and novel. Judah Freed charts a path towards greener and more responsible economies that would be good for people and the planet.”
– Jules Pretty, OBE, The Edge of Extinction.
“Beautifully written, engaging and inspirational, this transformational book is a must-read for enlightened thinkers and instruments of change.”
– Jill Heinerth, filmmaker, We Are Water.
“This is the first book I can remember reading that synthesizes so much into a coherent whole.”
– Shel Horowitz, co-author, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green, Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World.
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JUDAH FREED is an author, journalist, educator, and publishing consultant. His work has won a Benjamin Franklin Book Award for Health, two Nautilus Book Awards for Social Change and a Colorado Evvy Book Award for Personal Growth.
His career features a decade in Denver journalism followed by two decades as a media trade journalist for the top industry magazines in the USA and Europe. He then worked a decade asa a writer and editor on Kauai. H’s now back in Denver, working for a news service and writing books.
Judah earned a 1988 double BA in communication and journalism from the University Without Walls at Loretto Heights College (Regis). He researched rhetoric, organizational communication and and public communication through the Individualized MA program at Antioch University.
Judah is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (First Amendment and Banned Books committees), Authors Guild, PEN America, Society of Professional Journalists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Coalition of Visionary Resources, Independent Book Publishers Association, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Colorado Authors League, and the historic Denver Press Club.
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