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Interviews, Exhibits, Free Copies, Book Groups, and a Slideshow—Spreading the Conversation

Artist: Aha-SoftLee Van Ham is available for presentations in diverse venues (619-528-8075 or The “events calendar” below shows some of the venues. He is available to speak on themes from his upcoming book, From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable, or his first book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us

Coming … Book II in the “Eden for the 21st Century” 3-book series is  “From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable,” and will be available Valentine’s Day, 2017 (Show Mother Earth some love).

Korean Translation of Blinded by Progress—now available, published by Jeeyoungsa Publishing, Seoul, Korea, 2015 

Examples of Events 

Lee Van Ham on panel “What the Pope Is Saying about Caring for Our Common Home” at the Kensington Community Church, 4773 Marlborough Drive, San Diego. Moderated by Brock Allen..

May 31, 2015 — Rev. Laurel Mathewson, host of the 9 a.m Forum at St Paul’s Cathedral (Episcopal), San Diego, invited Lee Van Ham to give a presentation on Earth Community.

 May 1-5, 2015 —Lee Van Ham was in the Chicago area and, joined by Dan Swanson, they spoke on OneEarth themes at three venues.

Feb. 6-8, 2015, Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA, at an interfaith conference called the Big “I” Conference, Lee Van Ham presented on “Earth, Please Help Us Shape OneEarth Living.”

Jan 18, 2015, Rev. Laurel Mathewson, host of the 9 a.m Forum at St Paul’s Cathedral (Episcopal), San Diego, invited Lee Van Ham to give a presentation on his book,Blinded by Progress, at the Forum.

December, 2014—interview of Lee Van Ham about Blinded by Progress was written and posted by Kritika Narula, Delhi, India, on the Green Follower website.

Oct 15, 5:30 p.m., a book club shared dinner and then discussed Blinded by Progress with author, Lee Van Ham. A blog he wrote about this experience tells much more; just click here.

Sep, the board of directors of the Faith and Money Network, Inc., discussed Blinded by Progress at their board meeting. Mike Little is executive director.


Rob Kall, progressive radio host of the show Bottom Up Radio in Philadelphia, interviewed Lee Van Ham in April. That show has now been posted to Rob’s website. Click here.

See Green Follower website , December 2014 archive, for an interview written by Kritika Narula, Delhi, India. 

Bulldog (David “Bulldog” Rothner) interviewed Lee on The Rude Awakening Show, WOCM-FM, 98.1 FM, Ocean City, NJ, April 28, 2014. 

Jaimie Hope interviewed Lee on her Blog Radio Talk show, “This Is How I Roll, February 10. You can listen to the the show which is archived. Click here. 

Ismay Walsh, entrepreneur who uses the idea of joycotting, instead of boycotting, on the website Her interview with Lee appears as a blog on

Greg Voisen of “Inside Personal Growth,” who interviews hundreds of authors, interviewed Lee recently. You can listen to all or part of the 30 minute conversation by clicking on his name.

The Common Good Podcast, Episode 42, hosted a conversation between Jerry Iversen and author Lee Van Ham in early December, 2013. Listen by clicking on “Episode 42.”

Reviews (see also “Customer Comments” on

Along with the reviews on the Amazon and Goodreads websites, the following are posted to blogs by reviewers.

Kevin Nenstiel, professor of English at University of Nebraska-Kearney, posted a review to his blogspot, Wordbasket, on Jan. 27, 2014. He entitled the review, “In the Land of Invisible Morals.”

Terri Rice, a reviewer posting to Amazon, entitled her review “MultiEarth vs. OneEarth” (Mar. 31, 2014)

The Midwest Book Review published the review of Kevin Nenstiel in it’s May, 2014, edition of the Reviewer’s Bookwatch. The review of Blinded by Progress is the first review above “Ann’s Bookshelf” which you can find by clicking here.



San Diego City Library included Blinded by Progress in an exhibit of local authors during the whole month of February, 2014.

Ask your library to add this book to their collection, or donate one to them to do so. Libraries known to have added Blinded by Progress to their collection: 

  • Kennedy-King College Library, Chicago, IL
  •  San Diego County Library System (a copy is being reviewed for addition)
  • Oceanside Library, Oceanside, CA

The site (free) connects you with an amazing number of bookreaders (20 million) who exchange information about what they’re reading.  Lee Van Ham maintains a page there for Blinded by Progress. Between January 20 and Feb. 21, 2014, 672 Goodreaders registered for one of the ten free copies of Blinded by Progress being given away. Reader reviews are encouraged as well as author blogs.

Independent publisher and marketer, David Wogahn, Authorimprints, Inc., blogged on “What to Expect from a Goodreads Giveaway” using Blinded by Progress as his example. 


“The Agribusiness Yield of Sorrows” is an excerpt from Blinded by Progress, slightly modified for publication in the journal, Fine Lines, in Spring, 2014, issue.

Book Groups

[Let us know if you start one. Work has begun on a more extensive study guide with film clips available online.]

Friends in Exile discussed Blinded by Progress, every 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30-8:00p.m., from Mar. 24, 2014 through June 23, 2014. Lee Van Ham participated in most discussions. They meet in the building of University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave., San Diego. The group is convened by Laurel Gray. Laurel recently completed a book entitled, Evolution of a Progressive Christian.

A book club began discussing Blinded by Progress in January, 2014. They meet monthly. The questions in the book at the end of chapters encourage discussion groups. Lee Van Ham met with the group, Sunday, March 16, 7-8:30 p.m., following a meal starting at 5 p.m., at the home of group members: Chula Vista, CA.

Presentation Examples

Nov 20, 6-8 p.m., Denys Horgan invited Lee Van Ham to be the guest at the Roundtable of San Diego’s Catholic Worker House of Hospitality, Casa Milagro, 2428 L Street, San Diego.

Aug 9, 10:30 a.m., “Discussion Forum” at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, Encinitas, CA, hosted by John Eldon.

Slide Presentation online at Slideshare

“Seeking OneEarth Progress,” a 24-slide presentation you can see free on (just click here) given originally at the Pastor’s Forum hosted by Tony Wolfe, pastor, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA, April, 2014.

eBook Version (available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Nook)