The Global Read

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The Long Room at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)

You're here because, like most of us, you like to read a good book. The Global Read aims to make it easy to do just that. We've selected books that bring awareness to the theme of compassion and relate to one or more of the Charter's twelve sectors. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from the book's author in a live webinar format.

Better yet, you're given the chance to interact with the author and ask questions and/or comment on their book.

Please tell your friends about us - and form your own small group for dialogue. Then be sure to register and join us for our live event.

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The Upcoming Global Reads

ApeirogonApeirogon - The Novel

by Colum McCann

Date:
Wednesday August 25 2021 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time
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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

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Sloan

 TWO BOOKS: Atlas Hugged & This View of Life

by David Sloan Wilson
Date:
Wednesday September 15 2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time
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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

Using engaging and insightful examples, Sloan's book, This View of Life, shows how an evolutionary world view provides a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution, but also the fast-paced changes impacting our world and ourselves. What emerges is a new argument: If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes, we can solve the problems of our age at all scales.

With Atlas Hugged, Sloan has created a novel that embodies a new and different examination of Ayn Rand's fictional Atlas Shrugged. Sloan's protagonist proclaims: "Call me anything but John Galt. That is my name, but it is also the name of my father and grandfather. I am not like them and the world they created is not the one I desire."

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david kortenEcological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence

A Conversation with David Korten
Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021, 9 a.m. PST
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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

David is not necessarily asking us to read any of his books for this Global Read though he considers his work, Change the Story, Change the Future to be appropriate. Instead, he is asking you to read his most recent essay, Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence. David has provided a downloadable copy of this essay for free. Use the link below to access it.

David Korten is a leading critic of corporate globalization and a visionary proponent of a global system of local economies. His international best seller, When Corporations Rule the World (1995), helped frame the argument for global resistance against corporate globalization.

Read more, find the downloadable free PDF, and register here

  

Education Survival CoverCompassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference

by: Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli
Date: Monday, November 8, 2021, 12 pm. PST
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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

A 34-year-old man fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit is on an artificial respirator for over a month. Could it be that his chance of getting off the respirator is not how much his nurses know, but rather how much they care?

A 75-year-old woman is heroically saved by a major trauma center only to be discharged and fatally struck by a car while walking home from the hospital. Could a lack of compassion from the hospital staff have been a factor in her death?

Compelling new research shows that health care is in the midst of a compassion crisis. But the pivotal question is this: Does compassion really matter?

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Humankind

Humankind: A Hopeful History

by Rutger Bregman
Date:
Wednesday December 8 2021 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time
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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

In an interview with the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir, in September 2017, Bregman said that “to move forward, a society needs dreams, not nightmares. Yet people are caught in the logic of fear. Whether it is Trump, Brexit or the last elections in Germany, they vote against the future and instead for solutions to replace it, believing the past was better based on a thoroughly mistaken view of the world: the world was worse before… Humanity is improving, conditions of life, work and health too. And it’s time to open the windows of our minds to see it."

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Valerie Kaur

See no Stranger
by Valarie Kaur

Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 10 a.m.
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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US.
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The future is dark. But is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?

How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? Valarie Kaur – renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer – declares that revolutionary love is the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are a part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.

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