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@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Thanks to all who joined us for our solstice library of change exchange this wednesday!
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reeling from news of traumatised south american children at the texan border, we grappled with questions about how to be effective in leading change at systemic and personal levels, social justice, movement-building, power dynamics, history, family, finding wonder and joy in the present moment despite life's tragedies, vulnerability, the relevance and power of poetry and art to the general public, and our relationship to chaos and uncertainty.
it was a deep and nourishing conversation which left us with much food for thought, and overflowing hearts.
the book list we discussed was:
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a time for new dreams, ben okri
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your silence will not protect you, audre lorde
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the interestings, meg wulitzer
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@consenteduk magazine's resistance issue
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a scandalous life: the biography of jane digby, mary s. lovell
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daring greatly, brene brown
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a field guide to getting lost, rebecca solnit
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i've got the light of freedom, charles m. payne
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the story of lesley gault, william trevor
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#libraryofchange #books #bookclub #library #redefine #southbankcentre #london #indoorpicnic #power #privilege #poetry #socialjustice #politics #vulnerability #history #conversation #discussion #debate #sharing #culture #creativity #art #movementbuilding @brenebrown #rebeccasolnit #audrelorde #marylovell #benokri #megwulitzer
2 31 5 weeks ago

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Flipping through the @theschooloflifelondon "untranslatable words" card pack and found this gem. what books have been your best companions?
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#books #bookclub #definitions #words #library #libraryofchange #schooloflife #change #companion #latin
1 15 last month

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Had a wonderful #libraryofchange #exchange session last night @islingtonmill with a group of self-declared humans, aliens and interstellar light beings (also artists). we discussed sexuality, the process of unraveling and remaking ourselves, and how we navigate uncertainty. we talked about civilisation, sci-fi, data and social media, and the vulnerability of exposing our true emotions. we talked about death, children, hiv, the menopause and love. it's amazing what's possible to unearth and share in just two hours with a pile of books, a spirit of generosity and curiosity, and a potluck dinner. it was also special to be in a group that crossed generations and disciplines, and allowed for fruitful disagreements as well as consensus. it was such a joy wondering and wandering through these stories with you all. .
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scroll through the pics to see our reading list - more quotes and highlights coming soon!
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#libraryofchange #library #mcr #manchester #art #artist #artists #bookclub #sharing #vulnerability #love #scifi #books #arthistory #emotions #connection #sexuality #gender #humanity #uncertainty #stories #storytelling #fiction #nonfiction #potluck #food #curiosity #wonder
2 30 last month

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
"...if we want to build a reconciled, peaceful society, it always starts with listening to each other." .
peace worker inga seifert shares her thoughts on forgiveness and reconciliation: https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2018/02/23/forgiveness
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#forgiveness #peace #reconciliation #conflictresolution #quote #library #libraryofchange #heart #hand #together #listening #mindfulness #change #movingforward #loveoneanother
0 8 last month

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Join us for a #manchester edition of our book club with a difference @islingtonmill! .
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details at: www.islingtonmill.com/events/library-of-change
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#potluck #library #libraryofchange #bookclub #storytelling #inspiration #mcr
0 10 last month

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
"writing is an act of optimism."
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margaret atwood on why writing matters when it comes to climate change and thinking about the future. it was such a privilege to see her in conversation with samira ahmed at friday's #underhereye conference. in relation to optimism she mention the brilliant @futurelibraryno project, collecting books that will be stored for 100 years, and planting trees that will be used to reprint those editions in 100 years time. she talked about the optimism of assuming that there will be a future, and that people would still be reading. a beautiful example of the meaning that reading, writing and libraries have in our lives, and their potential in shaping our future. .
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#library #libraryofchange #futurelibrary #margaretatwood #samiraahmed #reflections #optimism #reading #writing #climatechange #environmentalart #womenandclimatechange #women #feminism #clifi #future
3 23 last month

@blueflamingodreams

blueflamingodreams
I’ve been asked to write for the library of change and this had me thinking today about what inspires me? a lot of literature has informed and dared me to think of life as an artist and writer to come to things from a different perspective. artists and writers live in a million alternative worlds and occasionally i manage to share these with the reader or viewer. so to capture a few things that have inspired me and for which i am so grateful: (monthly subscription of) oh comely magazine, granta and specifically doris lessing on “the roads in london” in this granta edition, carol ann duffy’s poetry and peter kneebone a self taught artist who’s still fresh and funny today. #inspiration #peterkneebone #carolannduffy #dorislessing #london #granta #ohcomely #inthestudio #libraryofchange
1 26 last month

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
'this sense of empowerment through knowledge is one that i now realise defines the success of any work that involves change. to know about the big picture problems is not enough; we have to understand the mindsets that underpin them in order to see what is preventing change, and shift it. ultimately, the book beautifully encapsulates the challenge that climate change posed to me - that to change the systems that we have enabled through our culture, values, choices and behaviours, we ultimately have to know and change ourselves.' .
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library of change's @sholehj reflects on one of the pieces of art that made her realise the power of culture to create change: https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2017/09/08/flight-behaviour-by-barbara-kingsolver
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#libraryofchange #library #books #quotes #reading #change #transformation #barbarakingsolver #writer #nature #novel #flightbehaviour #monarchbutterfly #butterfly #america #climatechange #environmentalscience #climatescience #mindset #systemschange #knowthyself #selfawareness #selfmastery #behaviour #values #culture #powerofculture #culturecanchangetheworld #changetheworld #youcandoit
0 19 March 2018

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
'the insight that remains with me from the story of siddhartha, the protagonist, is that everything in life is impermanent. all that lies in front of us, all that we experience, is ever-changing, never to be the same again.' .
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read about the book that tamara ben-halim keeps to hand in her work to educate people about the palestinian human rights issue: https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2017/06/09/siddhartha-by-hermann-hesse
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#libraryofchange #library #books #classicbooks #hermanhesse #siddhartha #buddha #buddhism #gautama #quote #change #life #uncertainty #impermanence #blog #reflection #peacemaker #conflictresolution #palestine #humanrights #love #compassion #suffering
0 14 March 2018

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Iranian/uk filmmaker @logicofthebirds shares the impact of cy twombly's "the fire that consumes all before it" on her idea of what art is and could be... "losing myself and feeling everything."
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read her full piece: http://bit.ly/2c3xbjl
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#libraryofchange #library #painting #cytwombly #fire #passion #feeling #art #artist #filmmaker #truth #quote #storyteller #storytelling #change #inspiration #painter
0 28 March 2018

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Have you listened to our first podcast? tune in here:
https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2018/02/23/library-of-change-exchange-podcast-01
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for our first library of change exchange we asked our guests to bring a book/books that most influenced them in 2017. the podcast distils some of our favourite moments and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the common themes that wove together the contributions from participants who were open about the questions and events they had struggled with, and the texts that had guided them. listen for intimate and moving contemplations on vulnerability and narrative, landscape and identity. .
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featuring the wonderful @josephinefhunter @esaltmarshe @ibenlacour @jessicasworldtravels @longstream @thehakawatis @sholehj .
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#libraryofchange #library #podcast #audio #books #bookclub #bestbooksof2017 #reflections #connection #vulnerability #courage #myths #narrative #systemschange #identity #education #inspiration #internationalconflict #nature #naturewriting #landscape #storytelling #fear #spirituality #god
0 14 February 2018

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
So mayer talks climate change, uncertainty and identity in her beautiful unravelling of roni horn's vatnasafn...
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i have no theory
of why we are here
or what any of us is a sign of.
but a room full of melted glaciers
reverberating with the nightwind of stykkishólmur
is a good place to ponder it. (anne carson)
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https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2017/01/09/vatnasafn-the-library-of-water
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#climatechange #identity #reflection #travel #libraryofwater #vatnasafn #iceland #library #libraryofchange #weather #water #artwork #installation #exhibition #poetry #quote .
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image by carlo cravero on flickr, 2014.
1 16 February 2018

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Elhum shakerifar from @thehakawatis shares the story of what it means to be rooted, to be an international family, to migrate, and how we narrate these experiences through the lens of yamina benguigui's 1997 documentary, memoires d’immigres.
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https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2017/06/10/memoires-d%25e2%2580%2599immigres-by-yamina-benguigui
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#documentary #film #migration #belonging #identity #family #whoweare #humanity #roots #journeying #library #libraryofchange #creativenonfiction #storytelling #history #quotes
0 15 February 2018

@libraryofchange

libraryofchange
Tarnia mason's (@ifyoulovemefeedme ) beautiful piece, inspired by miranda july's collection no one belongs here more than you, reflects on documentaries, the care system and how we show up in our lives. .
https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2017/06/10/no-one-belongs-here-more-than-you-by-miranda-july
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#belonging #quotes #beinghuman #care #childcare #documentary #mirandajuly #library #libraryofchange #showingup #vulnerability
0 23 February 2018

@thehakawatis

thehakawatis
Today we remember my 'adopted' irish grandmother pauline curran, who passed away 4 years ago. i wrote about how she (re)defined my sense of belonging and roots for the newly launched @libraryofchange - a beautiful space of cultural celebration & inspiration through words, created by @longstream and @sholehj - read more here: https://www.libraryofchange.co.uk/single-post/2017/06/10/roots
below is an extract from the eulogy i had the privilege of reading at her funeral:
much has been said about grandma’s celebratory spirit; it’s most beautiful and constant manifestation was that she loved – and celebrated – the people she held dear.

i feel blessed to have been one of those people, and i’d like to take a moment to reflect on what grandma meant to my parents, my siblings, and i.

simone weil wrote that, “to be rooted is perhaps the most important and the least recognised need of the human soul.” by including us among her own, she gave us a sense of belonging. that an iranian family unit somehow finds that it has roots in ireland is certainly quite unusual. it is also the most defining reality of our lives.

i have always described my ‘irish grandma’ as a woman of great class. she was a beautiful lady, but her style lay most of all in her human warmth and generosity. she remembered everything, she paid attention to details – like making note of the weather on your holiday destination. and she valued everyone. grandma’s home was one where you were always made to feel welcome.

one of the things i loved the most about grandma was how fierce her hugs were. so tight, so meaningful. she could be disarmingly sharp in her observations, but she was unflinchingly loyal. you knew that she was your champion.

we have a saying in persian, when loved ones are absent in a gathering that translates as: their place is empty. what it means is that though their place is empty, they aren’t forgotten.

grandma, we gather today to remember you, and in many ways, every time we gather together will be in your memory.

#grandma #family #belonging #roots #fiercehugs #celebration #simoneweil #libraryofchange #memories #storytelling #wearethestorieswetell
6 29 February 2018