Based on the research that brought international recognition to Riane Eisler's groundbreaking work The Chalice and the Blade, but addressing the world as it is today, The Power of Partnership offers inspiration and guidance for moving to the better lives we yearn for. It is a self-help book that recognizes that the self can't be helped in isolation.



The Power of Partnership is the right medicine for virtually everything that ails our society and planet right now. . . a brilliantly accessible plan for transforming ourselves and our world.

~ Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

The Power of Partnership is a self-help book that recognizes that the self can’t be helped in isolation. Based on the research in Eisler’s groundbreaking and internationally-renowed The Chalice and the Blade, The Power of Partnership addresses the world as it is today, and offers inspiration and guidance for moving to the better lives we yearn for.

If the Osama bin Ladens of this world were required to read this book and absorb its message, the human race would surge onto the fast track toward love and creativity.
~ Howard Bloom, author of Global Brain

The Power of Partnership is a self-help book that recognizes that the self can’t be helped in isolation. Based on the research in Eisler’s groundbreaking and internationally-renowned The Chalice and the Blade, The Power of Partnership addresses the world as it is today, and offers inspiration and guidance for moving to the better lives we yearn for.

Eisler offers us a new lens, a new paradigm, for seeing the world and living in it. The Partnership system, which emphasizes mutual respect and a fundamental awareness of the sacredness of all life, creates a solid foundation for families, businesses, communities, and the world. In contrast, the suffocating paradigm that has guided much of recorded history — what Eisler calls the Domination system — has led individuals and groups, acting out of fear, to oppress women, wage war, terrorize, and subjugate others. Using these simple yet far-reaching models, Eisler shows how political and personal relationships based on domination inevitably result in misery and violence, while those founded on partnership foster respect, love, and an explosion of creativity.

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Riane Eisler

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Reviews & Accolades

Nothing can vanquish anxiety like clarity, which is what Riane Eisler delivers abundantly in The Power of Partnership. Read it and you’ll come away with a new understanding of how the world works, (and why it so often works atrociously). Even more important, you’ll feel better about it (because you’ll feel less helpless about it) — and in a world that seems to be going mad we can all use some of that!
~ Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael

Stunning. The Power of Partnership gives us the map to a world that works for all of us.
~ Marianne Williamson, author of Healing the Soul of America and A Woman’s Worth

In a stroke, Riane Eisler’s simple, powerful message makes all other self-help books irrelevant. How can we live fuller, richer and more loving lives without also making it possible for others to do the same? By re-placing individuals within our world, she demands that we work on healing the world and healing ourselves – a model that can create the ripples from which tidal waves are made.
~ Michael Kimmel, Ph.D., author of Manhood in America

If the many millions of concerned citizens and ‘cultural creatives’ would read this book and act on its step-by-step approach to personal development, the USA could see a new flowering of communities and effective democracy. Eisler is a brilliant role model as a global citizen – and as one of the pre-eminent minds of our time.
~ Hazel Henderson, author of Beyond Globalization

All those who value relationships – and those who don’t – will do well to read this book and help reduce anger and violence.
~ Arun Gandhi, Founder/Director M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

So comprehensive and ground-breaking that it will prove to be one of the most important books of this century. If you want to improve your life and your world, read this book!
~ Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution

More relevant than ever in a post-September 11, 2001 world, The Power of Partnership details the steps to build sound and lasting relationships with the self, the intimate partner, the world, and life itself. It is essential reading for every person searching for ways to improve our lives and our world.
~ George Gerbner, Ph.D., dean emeritus, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania and author of Telling All the Stories

Now more than ever, we must switch from a dominance model to a partnership model if we are to survive. With her customary wisdom, clarity, and compassion, Riane Eisler shows us the way.
~ Jean Kilbourne, author of Can’t Buy My Love

There is nothing more important taking place in our lives and in our world than the shift from relationships based on domination to ones founded on partnership. Riane Eisler’s new book The Power of Partnership could not be more timely, nor more magnificent. In this wonderful and heartfelt book, Riane Eisler shows us just what is at stake, and gives us the tools to transform our lives and our culture to promote a more sustainable, just, and thriving way of life for all.
~ John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America

The Power of Partnership inspires hope at a time when we desperately need it. Riane Eisler, visionary and wise woman, brings compassion and intelligence to the hard and essential work of personal and social transformation. Her ideas are big and important and her advice is practical and effective. This book will be a treasured resource for helping us move forward in the 21st century.
~ Judith V. Jordan, Co-Director, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Stone Center, Wellesley College, author of Women’s Growth in Connection, editor of Women’s Growth in Diversity

Riane Eisler is one of the most creative and visionary thinkers of our time. The Power of Partnership gives us a blueprint for a world that could transcend the distortions of human history and affirm the loving capacities we have always had but refused to take seriously. If our planet is to survive, it will need the kind of wisdom that shines through this book.
~ Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, TIKKUN Magazine and author of Spirit Matters

How wonderful to encounter in one book not only an incisive and clear understanding of what causes so much suffering in the modern world, but a compelling vision of how both personally and as a society we can change. Riane Eisler gives us a wise and very practical recipe for hope.
~ Susan Griffin, author of A Chorus of Stones

Riane Eisler’s The Power of Partnership provides a superb framework for this new age and innumerable answers to achieving it. Its eight chapters could be the headings of the Wisdom Age for humanity on this miraculous, magic and precious Planet Earth.
~ Robert Muller, Ph.D., co-founder of the UN University for Peace

A clear-minded, warm-hearted, practical guide through the daunting challenges of today’s world by one of the most innovative thinkers of our time. The Power of Partnership will help you make your own wise choices about how to act with empathy and caring whether the issue is global economics, the environment, terrorism, or your own most intimate relationships.
~ Gina Ogden, Ph.D., author of Women Who Love Sex

Great book. Great ideas.
~ Morris Dees, Co-founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

Marvelous! A treasurehouse of relational wisdom by which to be healthy and whole.
~ Raffi, singer, author, founder of the Troubadour Institute for Child Honoring

With insight, passion and persuasion, Riane Eisler reveals the many disturbing faces of today’s dominator society. Happily, she also shows how each of us can help evoke a future that matures beyond force and fear. A ‘must read’ for anyone interested in a better world for all.
~ Jeff Gates, author of Democracy at Risk and The Ownership Solution

From intimacy, to politics, to service, to sustainability…this remarkable book touches every critical node of vital partnership. Riane Eisler has created another precious resource for cultural creatives. Exercises, action check-lists, and a rich bibliography complement the work at every stage. The Power of Partnership offers a compelling argument for the reality of conscious evolution.
~ Jim Kenney, Global Director, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Power of Partnership is an extraordinarily thoughtful and timely book. Riane Eisler speaks with wisdom and compassion about the central concerns of today, including war and terrorism, education and child-rearing. Anyone who is concerned about the state of the world, as well the state of one’s own home and family should read this book.
~ Christine Sleeter, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Education, CSUMB

In this brilliant book, Riane Eisler shows us how we can transform both ourselves and our world. It will teach, entertain, and enlighten your view of the extraordinary potential of humans and human society. Eisler is one of our world’s wisest counselors, and most insightful visionaries.
~ Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Here is a book for the turning of the times for what is offered here are the essential ways to make the world work. The wise and prescient Riane Eisler guides us through the paths of partnership that lie beyond the waste land of dominator psychology. This is a radical work of social evolution that should be taken very seriously. It is a gift to the present historical moment and an enterprise of enormous importance.
~ Jean Houston, Ph.D., author of A Mythic Life

Riane Eisler offers the essential guidelines for creating and sustaining relationships that can give us – and hence the world – the peace we so desperately need. In our post-September 11 world her message is important as few others.
~ Ervin Laszlo, president of the Club of Budapest, author, Macroshift

This extraordinary book lights up huge meanings and potentials for partnership, for change and growth and moving forward–concepts that we keep saying are urgent but our actual work on them can get so lost in rhetoric, habit . . . Riane Eisler invites us to look at ourselves, our relationships with those close to us, our work colleagues, our national community, our international and intercultural relationships, our connection with nature and the environment, and our spiritual life. It is thrilling to move through this vision of how we can see these as connected partnerships and live them out more fully. The book is a life’s life work in itself, a gift to anyone exploring how we can do our lives better, do our relationships better, do our work experience better, do our schools better, do our world better.
~ David Mallery, Director of Professional Development, National Association of Independent Schools

The Power of Partnership is an exceptional resource guide for personal and social transformation. It offers practical tools for creating a global community and a path for collaboration in all aspects of our lives.
~ Angeles Arrien, author of The Four-Fold Way

Riane Eisler’s brilliant work The Power of Partnership should be read carefully by leaders in all fields across our cultures and by all people who wish to participate in the creative transformation of the human condition at this critical turning point in cultural evolution.
~ Ashok Gangadean, Professor of Philosophy (Haverford College), Co-Convener of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality

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