The Chalice and the Blade Turns 30! Watch the live online event with Riane Eisler

“This book changed my life.”

Readers of Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade have been sharing that sentiment for the past 30 years, and the world-changing power of this incredible book is just getting started!

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, readers from around the world celebrated the 30th anniversary and 57th U.S. printing of the international phenomenon that is The Chalice and the Blade in an inspiring online event.

What made Riane bold enough to even attempt a project with such a daunting scope and scale? What kind of journey was set in motion by the first printing of The Chalice and the Blade, and where is that journey taking Riane and all of us next? Watch the video celebration that includes an overview of the brand new epilogue she’s written for the new edition, with reflections on why it’s still relevant today, and how we can use it as a guide to shaping a better future for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

Be inspired all over again by Riane Eisler’s powerful, practical, and deeply hopeful vision of the partnership world we know is possible.

What people are saying:

“It was such an honor to meet you last Tuesday at Cornerstones of Democracy. Your book The Chalice and the Blade is so inspiring and insightful and reading it was a life changing experience for me. I hope to do everything I can to push for a return to the principles you have taught me were once nearly universal. I dream of a day this will once again be true.”
Yours in admiration, — Tessa Freeman

“Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and the Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us and… initiate fundamental changes in the world.” — Isabel Allende

“The most important book since Darwin’s Origin of Species .” — Ashley Montagu

“The domination/partnership continuum idea has provided a powerful interpretive tool for me to employ in the classroom (I’m a teacher…)”  — Alex Moore

“Everyone…should have the opportunity to read it.” — Chicago Tribune

“Validates a belief in humanity’s capacity for benevolence and cooperation in the face of so much destruction.” — San Francisco Chronicle

The Chalice and the Blade may be the most significant work published in all our lifetimes.” — LA Weekly

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Teddie Potter Reply

    When I first read The Chalice and the Blade in the early 1990’s I thought to myself, “She is describing my lived experience of the United States’ domination-filled health care system!” Riane’s cultural transformation theory gave me a language to call out the domination behaviors and a template for building a better system based on partnership.

    Congratulations on 3o years of building a better future!

    -Teddie Potter, Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies

  2. Margaret Frimoth Reply

    The Chalice and the Blade was instrumental in supporting my initially timid beliefs about leaning toward Partnership and away from systems of Domination. Because of Riane’s research, I have been able to introduce concepts of cultural transformation into many areas of my professional career. The Chalice and the Blade provided the foundation for my “heart work” — the creation of safe, healing community-based camps for child survivors of sexual abuse. I doubt that the camp program would continue today without Riane Eisler’s clear vision of transformative Partnership systems. The Chalice and the Blade is a tremendous gift to the world. Congratulations, Riane, on 30 years of commitment, dedication, and transformation!

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