Books and Writings


Ken’s new book, “Be the Good: Becoming a Force for a Better World,” will be available in December, 2019. Here is what others are saying about it in advance of its full release:

“This short, inspiring book had me from the nuclear missile opening to tear-jerker movie close. It offers practical wisdom on how to be a better person—and a happier one. Former river guide Ken Streater is skillful navigator of the tricky terrain of good, and his timing is exquisite.”— Jonathan Alter, author, journalist, documentary filmmaker

Now, more than ever, there is a need for people to connect with their better selves and view others and the world through the lenses of shared humanity. Be the Good helps us do this and act from such awareness with action steps that can easily be put into effect right now.”—Thupten Jinpa, Principal English Translator to the Dalai Lama, founder of the Compassion Institute, and author of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

We’ve all heard about “being the change” we wish to see in the world. Now Ken Streater has given us a “how-to-guide” to create that change through simple acts of kindness, compassion, and goodness. Be the Good invites and invokes the call to build a better world through conscious thoughts, actions, and good deeds—big or small. When it comes to the greater good, change begins within our self, our homes, and our communities, and the all is in the small. —Barbara Edie, author of Creating the Impossible: What it takes to bring your vision to life

Very few books in my life have stopped me in my tracks, made me put down everything I am doing, and go hug my kids. Be the Good got me in chapter one. Ken Streater shares his personal stories of courage, fear, trust, and vulnerability and gives us twenty simple ways to be the good and create a better world. It is a must read. — John O’Sullivan, best selling author of Changing the Game and founder of the Changing the Game Project

Be the Good is an inspiring and actionable guide to individual and collective well being. It illustrates how to bring more beneficial behaviors to life in effort to build more compassionate places. With stories about his extraordinary experiences learning and working in both troubled and flourishing communities around the world, Ken Streater will inspire you to action to create a happier world promising a greater good for many. —Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center UC Berkeley and author of Born To Be Good and The Power Paradox

Be the Good
offers the wisdom of community change makers and everyday citizens from around the globe and shines light on how our world can be, where goodness abounds. Ken Streater shares powerful personal stories that show us how we each can be a greater force for good on the planet. —Marci Shimoff, NY Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

If these turbulent times have you scratching your head, this book may be just the salve you need. Its overarching premise is simple, yet incredibly powerful: each and every one of us can do good in the world, which in turn will make life better. The concept is made actionable through 20 specific ideas for how to actually DO good, all of which can be put into practice immediately with little to no effort. The mix of aphorisms and life advice is reinforced with a variety of stories that make it clear the author is an experienced guide on making a positive difference in the world.  Being good and doing good have never been more accessible. —Lisa Bader, author of Wrap with Love and CEO/Founder of Birthday Butler

Here is what people are saying about Ken’s other book, The Gift of Courage. Best selling authors, luminaries, and community leaders agree that The Gift of Courage is a powerful, inspirational, and life-changing book.

The Gift of Courage is a powerful book about leading with love. It’s full of inspiring stories of courageous, purpose-driven people who are finding happiness while helping heal the world. Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, “Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul” and “Happy for No Reason”

One of the good news stories that resonate within every life…that anyone can take to heart. Meryl Streep, Academy Award-winning actress

This book is a reminder to us all that our finest moments are when we take those courageous risks on others’ behalf. The reporting here is solid and the inspiration profound. Geraldine Laybourne, Founder of the Oxygen Network and former President of Nickelodeon

Ken Streater’s profile of Josh Kern and Thurgood Marshall Academy tells the compelling story of persistence in the face of skepticism. The Motley Fool is proud to support Thurgood Marshall Academy…and is glad it has been brought to the forefront as part of The Gift of CourageTom Gardner, The Motley Fool

Ken Streater has created a a gem, I’m personally better for having spent time with The Gift of Courage, and you will be too. Read this book and you will be changed. Roger Seip, Best-Selling Author, “Train Your Brain for Success”

btn-buy-nowThe Gift of Courage presents regular yet extraordinary people whose courage—sometimes in the face of extreme challenge—empowers them to lead passionate and purposeful lives. They radiate goodness and selflessly lift the state of our world. This is the gift of courage.

Ken’s next book, Lifejacket, shares his journeys through the most isolated places in the world to some of the craziest cities on earth, journeys that reveal the indefatigable human spirit, joy and sorrow, and universal kindness. A travelog, memoir and humankind reflective, Lifejacket tells adventure tales from around the globe, from Siberia to Bolivia, Norway to Zimbabwe, that served as places of deep and lasting life lessons.


Ken Streater is also contributing partner to In addition, Ken regularly posts on Twitter, Facebook, and this website’s blog. Ken also author’s e- and print magazine articles that add wonder and inspiration to people’s lives.


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