2017 Ethical Activist Book Club
As the world teeters towards the brink of ecosystem collapse, politics worldwide is swinging far to the right and undermining social safety nets, and the US is threatening to fall into neo-nazism, it has become abundantly clear that 2017 must be the year that we step up. No longer can we blame our governments for not doing enough. Citizens need to become active and take back our power. Every single one of us needs to find our activist feet. Online AND in our local community. Our activism needs to be both local AND global.
But this is not a post about how and why to become activists. There are so many ways that we can be active, and so many ways that we can contribute to the change we desire. We each need to find the right fit for us, and each community has different challenges and different ways to get involved. Each of us also has different passions and key areas of focus. So rather than telling you how to get active, this is a post about finding solidarity across the globe as we make our fight for a just, safe and sustainable world.
If we are to be effective in our activism, if we are to convince others that there is another path than the destructive one that we are on, we need to be informed. And we need to feel connected to those who are fighting the good fight across the globe.
In my own journey as a leader and an activist, I have found that a book group with a well curated reading list is a very powerful way to connect, find strength, and to learn skills in which to fuel our fires. So in 2017, I have offered a reading list to nourish, support and inspire the ethical activist in you.
Every two months I will be reviewing a new book on the blog, and examining how we can apply the books lessons to our fight for a just, safe, and sustainable world. I would love it if you read along with me, and added your comments to the mix. Or your can deepen the impact by inviting a group of your local friends to read too, and meet up to talk through the issues and the inspiration.
2017 Ethical Activists Book Club*
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January/February: Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
July/August: Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone
September/October: Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit
November/December: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
I will publish my first review in the last week of February. Let me know in the comments below if you plan to read along with me.