April 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM
The Finch Residence
We think most people are looking for a better life- People are looking to evolve. They are want to grow and improve, widen their horizons and gain a larger perspective on life. So when we discovered "Books for a Better Life Awards"- we wanted to learn more. Since its inception in 1996, Books for a Better Life has honored more than 600 authors and has raised more than $1.9 million to speed progress toward achieving a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.
The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives.
We definitely would like to live "our best lives"- so we have decided to read the 2011 Books for a Better Life this year.
The Neighborhood Project by David Sloan Wilson (Little, Brown and Company)
For years the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson paid little attention to Binghamton, N.Y., where he lived and taught. “I hadn’t joined the PTA,” he writes, “attended council meetings, given blood, or served turkey to the homeless on Thanksgiving.” It was enough, he modestly believed, “to raise two healthy kids and work at changing the way the planet thinks about evolution.”
But five years ago Mr. Wilson, the author of two popular books about Darwin, decided it would be fruitful to apply his training to the (human) animals closer to home. With colleagues at Binghamton University, Mr. Wilson founded the Binghamton Neighborhood Project to use evolutionary theory, along with data collection, to improve the quality of life in his struggling city. The Project’s activities included surveys of students, old people and members of religious groups; attempts to empower neighborhood activists; and competitions to design new parks for vacant lots.