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Convergence: Cities, Spirituality and the Future of Civilization

What makes a great place to live? The human race has yet to build a habitat where people can grow best, where all children receive an excellent education and health care, understand the natural environment, eat locally-grown delicious food, walk safely in their neighbourhoods, breathe pure air, feel the warmth of a united community life, have a world-embracing vision, serve others selflessly, and develop fully their intellectual, artistic and spiritual capacities. We know the environmental needs of dolphins, mountain lions and bees, the ideal habitats of nearly all flora and fauna. What, though, is the ideal habitat for human beings? M.L. Perry draws on the experience, knowledge, information, wisdom and vision of people working with and concerned about human habitat - sociologists, artists, scientists, indigenous peoples, thinkers, practitioners, academics, historians - to explore this question.