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Golden

The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

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What if the most serious personal and global challenges won’t be solved with more thinking or talking?

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 temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival—to explore the meaning and importance of silence and the art of finding it in any situation.

Golden is a field guide to getting beyond the noise—not just the noise in our ears, but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community. They show how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness to help individuals, families, organizations, and whole societies dial down the noise and find pristine attention.

In this engaging and unexpected rethinking of the meaning of quiet, Marz and Zorn make the bold and convincing argument that we can repair our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives.

About the Authors

Justin Zorn

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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.