New Good Reads

Here are some great new books relevant to thinking about change and making change in the years ahead. A couple of them you can download gratis, the others are available on Amazon. All of them lend some message of importance to the field of transformative social change and/or activism. 


Even My Voice Is Silence | Soha A-Jurf

This book traces the journey of Palestinian-American Soha Al-Jurf, who returns to Palestine to discover roots and self. Though both detailed and personal, it’s a story that gives voice to the lives of oppressed peoples around the globe.


The Next American Revolution | Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century | Grace Lee Boggs

In this revised edition of The Next American Revolution, “[Grace Lee Boggs] draws from seven decades of activist experience, and a rigorous commitment to critical thinking, to redefine “revolution” for our times. From her home in Detroit, she reveals how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities. Her book is a manifesto for creating alternative modes of work, politics, and human interaction that will collectively constitute the next American Revolution.”


Beautiful Trouble | Andrew Boyd with Dave Oswald Mitchell

“In Beautiful Trouble, seasoned pranktivist Andrew Boyd assembles the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest in order to place it in the hands of the next generation of change-makers. Part manifesto and part reference guide, Beautiful Trouble is the anti-textbook—a dynamic, 21st century how-to that brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world.”


Working with Mindfulness (audio CD) | Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush’s Working with Mindfulness is mindfulness for the workplace.”Bush has led mindfulness trainings at many innovative organizations including Google, Monsanto and Hearst Publications. Participants in her programs report reduced stress, increased productivity, more creative problem solving, and improved relationships.”


Musings from the Blogosphere | Interaction Institute for Social Change | Marianne Hughes

A compilation of blog posts by IISC’s former Executive Director Marianne Hughes, Musings from the Blogosphere both informs and inspires those doing the work for change. You will find things here about mindfulness, technology, collaboration, and justice.  Click the link to download.


Leadership & Networks | New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World

Download this report (it’s free) to learn more about how leaders are using network strategies to affect social change.


Racing to Justice | john a. powell

“Renowned social justice advocate john a. powell persuasively argues that we have not achieved a post-racial society and that there is much work to do to redeem the American promise of inclusive democracy. Culled from a decade of writing about social justice and spirituality, these meditations on race, identity, and social policy provide an outline for laying claim to our shared humanity and a way toward healing ourselves and securing our future.” Watch powell’s presentation on YouTube.


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