Students choose several of the visionaries profiled by the magazine to focus on in relation to their chosen competence and personal interests. They prepare written presentations, based on the Utne models (e.g. developing one of the Utne Reader’s brief profiles into a longer profile of that person). The class reads and critiques all of these, thus fulfilling all the tasks of composition and editing, and learning the nature and limits of a journalistic approach to a subject of depth and mystery. The third class meeting focuses on Ishmael, which they read in its entirety. To deepen their understanding of the book, I also have several students report to the class on three related books: Quinn’s autobiographical follow-up to Ishmael, Providence: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest, Barbara Ward’s Spaceship Earth, and Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce. (Ward and Hawken deal in different ways with some of the subject matter of Ishmael.) In using these books I want students to see the difference not only in doctrine but in the conception and power of the vision presented in the different approaches to the hard (and perhaps unanswerable) questions we’re struggling with.