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The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

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Golden is a guide to getting out of the shallows and into the depths.”—Rebecca Solnit

In this “field guide to finding silence,” a policymaker who taught meditation in the US Congress and a seasoned collaboration expert explore how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness to help individuals, families, organizations, and whole societies dial down the noise and reclaim pristine quiet.

The world is louder than ever. It’s not just the noise in our ears, but also the noise on our screens and in our heads. While mindfulness can help us cope with the onslaught, research shows that few people maintain a meditation practice over time. We need accessible and enduring ways of finding clarity and renewal.

Golden is a non-meditator’s guide to getting beyond the noise. It’s about how the answers to the most serious personal and societal challenges can be found somewhere unexpected: in the open space between the mental stuff.

Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey—from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin’s death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the remote forests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival—to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation.

Zorn and Marz present a blueprint for how we can improve our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives.

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Justin Zorn

Justin Talbot Zorn has served as both a policymaker and a meditation teacher in the US Congress. A Harvard-and-Oxford-trained specialist in the economics and psychology of wellbeing, Justin has written for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is co-founder of Astrea Strategies, a consultancy that bridges deep visioning with impactful communications and action. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and three children.

Leigh Marz

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Leigh Marz is a leadership coach and collaboration consultant who has led diverse initiatives, including a training program to promote an experimental mindset among multi-generational teams at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a decade-long cross-sector collaboration to reduce toxic chemicals, in partnership with the Green Science Policy Institute, Harvard University, IKEA, Google Green Team, and Kaiser Permanente. She is the co-founder of Astrea Strategies. Leigh lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and daughter.