Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise


What if the most serious personal and global challenges won't be solved with more thinking or talking?

The world is louder than ever. It's not just the noise in our ears, but also the noise on our screens and in our heads. 'Silence is golden,' the adage goes. But how do we find it in times like these?

Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey exploring why silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, professional fulfilment, nourishing relationships, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, philosophy, business, politics, activism, and the arts, Golden teaches us how to go beyond the ordinary rules and offers tools of mindfulness to help individuals, organisations and whole societies dial down the noise and reclaim pristine quiet.

Quietly profound and constantly surprising, Golden is a field guide to finding silence.


  • "Golden is a guide to getting out of the shallows and into the depths. It's a synthesis of many disciplines to chart a path toward a deeper, livelier, more aware and more peaceful way of being in the world."
    Rebecca Solnit, Bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Hope in the Dark, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, and Wanderlust

About the authors

Justin Talbot-Zorn

Justin Zorn, who has written for publications ranging from The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Guardian among others, is a Truman National Security Fellow and a Senior Advisor for Economic and Policy Research. He writes and lectures about how to bring ideas from contemplative spiritual traditions into the work of strategic planning in politics and management and helped launch a first-of its-kind mindfulness program in the US House of Representatives.
Learn More

Leigh Marz

Leigh Marz specializes in working with scientists, engineers, and mission-driven organizations. She has designed training programs for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to promote an experimental mind-set and collaboration amongst climate change teams. For the Green Policy Institute, Leigh facilitated cross-sector initiatives to reduce toxic chemicals in products, at retreats that included leaders from business, academia, regulatory agencies, and non-profits.
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more