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Creative Conscious Activism

These books bridge the apparent divide between personal consciousness, social activism and the creative arts. They are written for change makers who know that personal awareness and the power of redemptive change have to go hand in hand. We are excited to share these works of deep inner and outer research with you. We hope they support and inspire your own love in action.


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Cutting My Flower, by Rah
Rah's extra-ordinary and moving personal story of FGM and her healing and transformation of this personal and cultural trauma.
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Parachuting Cats Into Borneo by Axel Klimek and Alan AtKisson
Not available till October! AtKisson (Believing Cassandra) and Klimek, cofounders of the Center for Sustainability Transformation, offer a shrewd and discerning look at systemic change within organizations and the many obstacles to such change. The coauthors do not claim to have a one-size-fits-all solution, rather telling the reader that the 'answers are already there within yourself' or close at hand, among your colleagues. However, they do urge readers to shift the odds in their favor by building on existing knowledge, seeking out new viewpoints, becoming more mindful of ingrained habits, and focusing on their strengths and resources. Klimek and AtKisson offer up 'four big questions:' 'What basic beliefs do we have?'; 'What method do we have for supporting a system to move from state A to state B?'; 'What is our relationship to the system?'; and 'How can we increase the capacity of the system not just to change but to improve performance?' Elsewhere, they identify seven different ways of approaching change, including 'following a plan,' 'negotiating an outcome,' and 'enforcing the future.' They close with insightful chapters on supporting others, coaching, and leadership that will be particularly valuable when initiating change but should be equally beneficial to daily work life."
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Stories of a Vengeful Age by Marina Cantacuzino

The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age by  Marina Cantacuzino
This inspiring book examines themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict transformation. It brings together 40 thought-provoking and powerful real life stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence around the world who have chosen to explore forgiveness as an alternative to resentment, retaliation and revenge. They are from a diverse range of situations and places including  Africa and the Middle East  and include  a piece by one of our Movement Medicine teachers – she doesn’t use her own name for reasons she explains in her piece, but you might recognise her dancing feet.  

“The testimonials in this book have taught me a great deal about forgiveness, which I think I thought was something rather easier than it is. They make me weep and they make me really think about what it is to forgive and what it is to try and understand someone instead of demonising them. I think this is probably one of the most important projects in the world today.”
Emma Thompson, actor

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