"Engaging and engrossing ... avoids simple answers in favor of real insights into the roots of poverty." --CLARION REVIEWS
"A provocative book that upends conventional thinking and forces the reader to think deeply about what poverty is." --ERIC NEE, Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Social Innovation Review
We typically view poverty as a technical problem we can solve with more money, more technology, and more volunteers. But there is an adaptive side to the problem of poverty as well. Reframing Poverty directs our attention to the emotional and often unconscious mindsets we bring to this issue. Meade's approach is as unique as it is challenging. Rather than trite tips or tricks, he offers a series of nested insights from diverse fields like political science, physics, complexity theory, and psychology. Most importantly, he provides a path of self-exploration for those eager to become the kind of people who can successfully navigate the tensions of a world in need.
In September 2007, Christine Ristaino was attacked in a store parking lot while her three-and five-year-old children watched. In All the Silent Spaces, Ristaino shares what it felt like to be an ordinary person confronted with an extraordinary event—a woman trying to deal with acute trauma even as she went on with her everyday life, working at a university and parenting two children with her husband. She not only narrates how this event changed her but also tells how looking at the event through both the reactions of her community and her own sensibility allowed her to finally face two other violent episodes she had previously experienced. As new memories surfaced after the attack, it took everything in Ristaino’s power to not let catastrophe unravel the precarious threads holding everything together.
Moving between the greater issues associated with violence and the personal voyage of overcoming grief, All the Silent Spaces is about letting go of what you think you know in order to rebuild.
This is a must-needed book for my race. Trying to break down the walls of hate toward one another. Time to unite as one. My book has a lot of facts that had been forgotten. It seems as if we as blacks should know how to unite, but some are still ignorant to it. This is just a reminder of what we came from and what we should have forward to look to. Because we are strong people but we have a lot of negativity among us that stops a lot of things.
“The world occasionally lifts its veil,” when we pay attention. In Reverence for Existence the author takes the reader to remote deserts, mountain landscapes, glacial cirques, and home country as he traces paths toward meaning and compassion. The richness of his experience leads to reflection on ways of living with authenticity that also affirm the ethical and spiritual essence of our world. He tells a deeply thoughtful story of engagement with Nature, the “knowing” it offers, and the “reverence” it can inspire.
“At its heart, Reverence for Existence is a deeply moving book for all who cherish the wonders of being. Brestrup illuminates a treasure trove of possibilities to experience life at its fullest. Rarely do we see brilliance and beauty merged in such an artful manner, replete with nourishment for a hungry culture.” --Ed Duvin, CEO Building Caring Communities
Imagine a world where poverty has been eliminated and global warming has been brought under control.
Imagine this can be done via a single program. Imagine that we can start on this today.
That’s the world envisioned by Solar Dividends, which puts forth a bold new plan—use solar energy to pay for unconditional basic incomes for everyone on the planet. The idea is simple: we set up solar panels for each person, sell the electricity the panels generate, and deliver the money as solar dividends to the person as their basic income, for the rest of their life.
This program won’t require tax money because the solar panels pay for themselves through the money they earn by generating electricity. The money won’t run out because the panels are maintained and replaced as needed.
As funny as the story is now, it was a great example of how not understanding cultural norms can lead to stereotypes and generalizations. Even the most obscure things (like salad as an entrée) can kick-start next steps that might be unnecessary and ill-informed.
“Our planet is in a weakened and desperate state. For the last 25 years, we’ve been destroying the world at an unprecedented rate, with very little thought for the future.”
In this moving and insightful guide, Helen Seddon shares the truth about what humans are really doing to the planet, and how our actions are impacting the other species around us. Why Have All The Animals Gone? is a factual and heartbreaking account of exactly why species such as tigers, rhinos, giraffes, whales, elephants and more, are now on the verge of extinction. Helen’s astonishing depth of research leaves no stone unturned in her quest for the truth, and this book will move and educate you in equal measure.
“We share this planet, and we do not have a moral right to assume that animals exist for us and that we can treat them as we like. They have the same right to live on this earth as we do.”
Signs and Wonders: Sojourn in the Inner-city takes the reader along the journey of a grassroots organization operating in one of Kingston Jamaica’s poorest inner-city communities. Through recounting personal encounters, observations and direct interventions, Signs and Wonders captures the challenges that Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and community development practitioners face. These include achieving community buy-in, overcoming biases, class and gender divisions, addressing people’s sense of alienation, managing limited financial resources, and working with political cultures that view people’s empowerment with suspicion.This is not only a recounting of challenges however, for beyond them are the stories of hope, resilience and triumph.
In The Second Wife, author Shirin Ariff reveals her heart-wrenchingly beautiful memoir. Life handed her hardships in the form of illness, abuse, and betrayal. Throughout the struggles, Shirin cultivated her magic power: resilience. Growing up in a prestigious Indian family, Shirin enjoyed a picturesque childhood. When she grew up, she was expected to marry well, have children, and please her husband till death do them part. Her first marriage cut that timeline short. Divorce was not approved of in the Indian culture; Shirin knew she needed to remarry. Her knight in shining armor arrived, but he was hiding a tarnished inner layer. Sahir was a South Asian Indian living in Canada and he won Shirin’s heart. Shirin and her daughter Sabah, got on a plane that would take her to a treacherous next chapter of her life. What happens to them in Canada? This book is a page-turner. It will make you cry and rejoice. You will be left forever transformed.
The idea of What If We Were All The Same! is to help children understand that there is nothing wrong with being different. Whether they have red hair or brown hair, green eyes or blue eyes, long legs or short legs, light skin or dark skin, glasses, uses a wheelchair or anything else, it's absolutely OKAY! Our differences are what makes us unique and if we truly think about it, would you want to be the exact same as someone else? What if we all looked and had the skills of Bill Gates? How boring would it be to have millions of techies walking around? Who would have created music? art? food? clothes? and so much more!
What If We Were All The Same! is fun-filled with rhymes and colorful illustrations, brings attention to tough topics children can relate to.
In The God Child, all of the historical characters introduced in Delusions (Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Buddha, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Einstein, etc.) journey to different places on Planet Earth. Some of them challenge Donald Trump, Bashar al-Assad and other despots, while others have their own adventures. The story ends with a curious twist.