Who’s afraid of democracy?
The Dandelion Insurrection
is about to find out.
Winds of Change is a story like no other, a tale of resistance and resilience, hopeful and eerie all at once. With the planet in peril and people struggling to survive, it’s all hands on deck for the dandelions. Zadie Byrd Gray wants democracy. Real democracy, not voting for smiling liars every few years. Charlie Rider writes up a storm of inspiration and controversy as he circulates the emergent stories of people-powered democracy. The two party duopoly fights back with a vengeance. The rich plot to thwart them. The living Earth rises up for justice. The debts of the past come due. Teens and elders alike rebel for life and the future. When a megachurch preacher launches a doomsday mission to stop them, the Dandelion Insurrection faces a choice that threatens everything they stand for.
With courage and love, the Dandelion Insurrection must act swiftly, for the clock is ticking . . . and the Winds of Change are blowing!
“I was totally captivated into Rivera’s vision in Winds of Change. It was the best participatory democracy imagineering creation I’ve ever seen.” – Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute, Wise Democracy Project
“The Dandelion Trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion with non-stop action and a cavalcade of exciting ideas for transforming society.” – Burt Kempner, author and filmmaker
“Winds of Change awakens you to the individual and collective power of participatory democracy. It’s brilliant, elegant, and utterly simple. We just need to show up.” – Natasha Léger, Executive Director, Citizens for a Healthy Community
“Winds of Change really pulls the series together as an instructive allegory of what continued activism for nonviolent change can look like. It makes it look not-so-hard to live a life dedicated to meaningful community action and change!” – Seán P. Duffy, Executive Director, Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac University
“Eloquent, visionary and accessible, Winds of Change energizes and expands upon the epic stories told in the Dandelion Trilogy. Winds of Change encourages us to realize that revolution is not the end of conflict, but the beginning of a messy, communal voyage towards justice for all living and non-living beings. The soil is ready for us to plant seeds of possibilities for creating true beloved communities from the local to the global.” – Susie Beiersdorfer, National Community Rights Network
“Winds of Change serves as a fierce and necessary unraveling, and a turning towards the green and living fabric of the voices of the once voiceless, weaving collective vision into the architecture of the times.” – Eva Marie Bonanno, Elementary Montessori Teacher, Santa Cruz, CA
“Our hearts are more hopeful because of Winds of Change.” – pk mutch, publisher of LiisBeth.com
“While set in a ‘a time that looms around the corner of today,’ this book is filled with detailed descriptions of tools and strategies my students can use here and now.” – Dr. Mark Stemen, California State University, Chico
“This novel lets us imagine what is possible in our work for peace with justice.” – Patrick Hiller, War Prevention Initiative
“What a triumph of writing and story telling skills! With Winds of Change, Rivera Sun again shines a bright light on so many real-world issues that require our attention, and she does so while expertly spinning a story that is at once a beautiful adventure and a map for how to move forward with positive change-making in the world. Through her intense and uplifting story, she guides us through the struggles and successes in making the real world work of positive societal change come to life. Her main characters are so well developed that they should be considered guideposts for how we can all be in the world…bold and unstoppable, even in the face of tremendous odds. After reading this wonderful story, I am constantly discovering that so many Charlie and Zadie’s that are currently working for better outcomes for the many people who are being forgotten and abused in our world – and I recognize that we all can be like the winds of positive nonviolent change written into the pages of this timely and timeless adventure.” – Adam Vogal, Peace Professionals
“SO inspiring to read this wildly creative tapestry, weaving together the threads of so many various initiatives that already exist, in various places throughout this country, sprouting up like dandelions in the cracks of the pavement. Her imagination takes us on a journey of what we could make possible . . . Rivera Sun is here to help, by awakening the visionary spiritual activist within us all!” – Rosa Zubizarreta, theListeningArts.org & DiaPraxis.com
“Rivera Sun is the Bobby Fischer of nonviolence imagineering. She spins a yarn that draws the reader forward … I give this a five-star rating in every category.” – Tom Hastings, Editor of PeaceVoice
“Winds of Change encourages us to have hope, especially at a time of democracy in crisis.” – Michael Mirigian, retired Environmental Science Instructor
“How often are the threads of adventure, spirituality, creative nonviolence, political visioning, enfranchisement and love woven together in one book? They are in this novel. I stop every few pages and let the words and images sink into me.” – Scott Springer, Waldorf Teacher, The Bay School, Maine
“The Dandelion Trilogy is an imagined pathway through the compound challenges of this moment on Earth. Rivera Sun uses practical real-world tactics and insights to deliver a vision of a regenerative future.” – Elizabeth Russell, Dreamfruit Almanac for Earthlings
“Winds of Change, along with the entire Dandelion Trilogy, is well-positioned to become the flagship of a whole new literary genre that has enormous potential. Rivera Sun gifts us with clarity, strength, heartbreak, beauty, and hope in the many facets of this jewel of a novel.” – Len Beyea
“Rivera Sun has written a series of serious page-turners. We will need to tell better, more hopeful and inspiring stories if we’re going to do what needs to be done. Rivera Sun is telling some of the best of those stories.” – Chet Gardiner, Co-Editor of Connecting the Dots: A Roadmap for Critical Systemic Change by David C. Ewoldt
“Gen-Z revelation and call to action! Elders beware – this is our clarion call to sacred resourcing and youth advocacy. Brilliant!!! Prophetic!! Blessings upon Rivera Sun.” Rev Michael Omar Harrington, OccupyFaith
“In a word: awesome. Please read this book and share it with family and friends. It will change your life.” – Lorraine Dickin, 60 year old grandmother
“Winds of Change stirs up the soul force that lies within each of its readers, empowering us all to live a life of participation, courage, and love.” -Mary Shea, music teacher
“The third book in the Dandelion Trilogy is another ‘I can’t put this book down’ kind of read.” – Glenn & Darien Cratty
“All of Rivera Sun’s writing – which is focused on nonviolent direct action – teaches us with adventure and love. It melts like fine organic chocolate in your mouth. Do yourself a favor and take several bites!” – Marirose NightSong
“This book is a hopeful and inspiring tale of what participatory democracy could look like in our communities!” – Beth Remmes
“Rivera’s writing and books have already inspired generations of altruistic activists.” – Daniel A O’Brien, activist
“As per usual, I am late in discovering the wonderful and erudite Rivera Sun. That said, what a joy it was to read The Dandelion Insurrection. Her latest in the trilogy, Winds of Change, is a mind-expanding and heart-opening, fun read.” – Andy Katsetos
“Winds of Change lifted my spirits in these uncertain times.” – Bruce Shay Theosophist
“My world is richer for the tapestries woven by such a wonderful storyteller of these times.” – Joni LeViness