2011 Midwest Book Awards Double Winner

  • Current Events/Political Science
  • Social Science

2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Double Winner

  • Current Events/Social-Political Change 
  • Best New Non-Fiction

"The Poised Century is a powerful and thought-provoking book that will change the way you look at the world and your place within it. It calls us to our most conscious selves and asks us to look deeply into new ways of being in everything we do. Robinson’s words and stories as a physicist point to options for our lives that are remarkably congruent with those I have found as an architect and a writer. It’s an extraordinary book, and one worth reading slowly and with mind and heart wide open."


 - Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life


"When a physicist looks at his world, he has no choice but to begin with the plain facts of the matter. Our circumstances are dire. From there, Robinson suggests how we can renew the world, doing what he calls "the new work" in our public institutions, our communities, and our own lives. Is there enough time? Yes, just barely – beginning now. In this hopeful book, it's the plain fact of the matter."


 - Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy


"David Robinson’s The Poised Century, growing out of years of reflection on his involvements in congregational and community life, embodies the values of hard work, civility, and commonwealth. In a time of bitter divisions and widespread fears about the future, Robinson’s book is a clarion call for urgent conversation about how we might renew hope and revitalize these values for a new century."


 - Harry C. Boyte, Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College