Walk Out Walk On


In this era of increasingly complex problems and shrinking resources, can we find meaningful and enduring solutions to the challenges we face today as individuals, communities and nations?

Walk Out Walk On CoverIn Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities. These Walk Outs who Walk On use their ingenuity and caring to figure out how to work with what they have to create what they need.

– By the bestselling author of Leadership and the New Science and Turning to One Another

– Provides an intimate experience of how seven different communities took on intractable problems by working together in new and different ways

– Immerses the reader in the experience of each community through stories, essays, first-person accounts and over 100 color photos

In India, we meet people from Shikshantar, a community that is rejecting the modern culture of money, with its emphasis on self-interest and scarcity, in favor of a gift culture based on generosity and reciprocity. In Zimbabwe, we discover the capacity people have to adapt and invent new ways of surviving and thriving in the face of total systems collapse.

Through essays, stories and beautiful color photographs, Wheatley and Frieze immerse us in these communities that are accomplishing extraordinary things by relying on everyone to be an entrepreneur, a leader, an artist.. From Mexico to Greece, from Columbus, Ohio, to Johannesburg, South Africa, we discover that every community has within itself the ingenuity, intelligence and inventiveness to solve the seemingly insolvable. “It’s almost like we discovered a gift inside ourselves,” one Brazilian said.

Walk Out Walk On is the recipient of a Nautilus Silver Book Award for Social Change and the winner of the 2011 Terry McAdam Book Award, whose selection committee praised the book saying, “As capacity builders we have a lot to learn about how communities will organize and function in the future. Walk Out Walk On is our first glimpse of that future.”

“If there is any hope for us it lies in rediscovering and recreating community. Do not doubt this is possible. Read Walk Out Walk On and see for yourself—and see your self.”

—Peter Senge, author, Fifth Discipline;
co-author, Presence, and The Necessary Revolution

“Exuberant and galvanizing, this book takes us to where the future is happening—not in the corridors of power, but at the grassroots where a ‘trans-local’ movement is unleashing human creativity and smarts.”

—Joanna Macy, author, World as Lover, World as Self

“This book gives insight and beauty to the new world beyond consumerism and all of its side effects. Written with poetic and reflective grace, it is an intimate journey through communities that are creating a future with their own hearts, hands and relationships.”

—Peter Block, author, Community; coauthor
The Abundant Community



Margaret Wheatley was co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute; Deborah Frieze succeeded her. Berkana partners with people developing healthy and resilient communities worldwide, many of whom are described in this book. Margaret is author of five other books, including Leadership and the New Science and Perseverance.