Women Visionaries Share Hope for the Future

Inspiration for Facing the Challenges Ahead

By William Murtha

One evening in April 1999, I was taking my usual evening bicycle ride along a sea wall on the coast of Devon, England, when a rogue wave swept me out to sea. Carried by the current farther and farther from shore, I thought I would die in the freezing sea. But then, amazingly, I was spotted by a stargazer who just happened to be looking in the right direction. I was in the water for almost an hour and a half before that stargazer, Nathan Swindlehurst, pulled me to safety. That near-death experience changed my life. I knew I had to create a new vision for my future. Inspired by what is possible when we envision our futures, I decided to ask 200 people I admire to share their visions in only 100 words each and gathered them in 100 Words: Two Hundred Visionaries Share Their Hope for the Future.

I share the inspiring visions for our future from twelve women visionaries, from Susan Jeffers to Alice Walker. Their notions about how to face a challenging future, and change it for the better, are nothing short of life-changing--and they can help you change your own life.

William Murtha is a writer, philanthropist, and global activist. He is the founder of The Global Visionaries and of The Imagination Project and author of 100 Words: Two Hundred Visionaries Share Their Hope for the Future (Conari Press).

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