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Books that Inspire Social Change – World Book Day 23 April 2015

 256px-Bookshelf_Prunksaal_OeNB_Vienna_AT_matl00786chToday is World Book Day!

 

There are many, many books that have inspired social change – both non-fiction and fiction. We would love to hear about the books that have meant something to you and that you think others would find inspirational.

 

Here is a list of (some of) my favourite books for inspiring social change:

 

1. ‘The Art of Happiness’ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

 

2. ‘Freedom Next Time’ by John Pilger

 

3. ‘The Colour Purple’, ’The Temple of my Familiar’ and ‘Possessing the Secret of Joy’ (three books in a series) by Alice Walker

 

4. ‘One World’ by Peter Singer

 

5. ‘The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog’ by Bruce Perry

 

6. ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ by Paulo Freire

 

7. ‘A Problem From Hell’ by Samantha Power

 

8. ‘Woman on the Edge of Time’ by Marge Piercy

 

9. ‘The Incredible Human Journey’ by Alice Roberts

 

10. ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ by Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Many of these books draw the connection between our individual experiences and broader social and structural processes. It is this relationship that interests me the most in terms of change (both personal and social).

 

Ideas.TED.com has provided a list of books that they believe will lift you our of the darkness – some of them are well worth a read!

 

I would love to hear about the books that inspire you.

 

Happy reading as we celebrate the power of knowledge and the joy of reading!
Jenny