What We're Currently Reading: April 2018

Shermaine Singh

Partnership Coordinator, Global Learning Community
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator - Chab Dai Projects

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By Brene Brown

"The #1 New York Times bestseller. 1 million copies sold!

From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

 
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatlyis a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.


From the Trade Paperback edition."


Joseph Arnhold

Communications Coordinator - Chab Dai Projects
Partner Support Coach - Global Learning Community 

The Natashas: The Horrific Inside Story of Slavery, Rape, and Murder in the Global Sex Trade

By Victor Malarek

"The shocking story of the Eastern European women victimized by the business of worldwide human trafficking—and those who profit from it. “Required reading” (TheNew York Post).
 
On the black market, they’re the third most profitable commodity, after illegal weapons and drugs. The only difference is that these goods are women and girls, some as young as twelve, from all over the Eastern Bloc, where networks of organized crime have become entrenched in the aftermath of the collapse of the Communist regimes.
In Israel, they’re called Natashas, whether they’re actually from Russia, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, or Ukraine. Promised jobs as waitresses, models, nannies, dishwashers, maids, and dancers, they are then stripped of their identification, sold into prostitution, and kept enslaved. Resistance is futile, even dangerous, and the victims often have nowhere to turn. In many cases, those who should be rescuing them—immigration officials, police officers, or international peacekeepers—are among their most hostile aggressors.
 
In this “graphic…scathing indictment” (Kirkus Reviews) of a crisis of epic proportions, Victor Malarek exposes the global phenomenon of sexual trafficking, a form of modern slavery and a multibillion-dollar industry whose scope has, until now, remained largely unknown. An indispensible and startling call to action to end this institutionalized crime against humanity, The Natashas is an “impassioned [and] intensely affecting read.”(Chicago Sun-Times)."


 

Helen Sworn

International Director 

Modern Slavery: The Margins of Freedom

Providing a unique critical perspective to debates on slavery, this book brings the literature on transatlantic slavery into dialogue with research on informal sector labour, child labour, migration, debt, prisoners, and sex work in the contemporary world in order to challenge popular and policy discourse on modern slavery.

 

 

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