Global Read

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    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 and secured their authors so you have the opportunity to hear directly from the author in a live webinar format. Better yet, you’re also given the chance to interact with the author and ask questions and/or comment on their book. The Global Read Program began shortly after the successful launch of our Compassion Book Club when we featured the Charter for Compassion’s founder, Karen Armstrong’s book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Many of our members formed book clubs and discussion groups surrounding this important work. Now, we would like to invite you to join us to do the same with the books we've selected for our All-Charter-Book-Read, we now call The Global Read.  We’ve selected books by authors that bring awareness to the theme of compassion and relate to one or more of the Charter’s 12 sectors. Please tell your friends about us - and form your own small group for dialogue. Then be sure to join us for our live event. More on how this will work…

    To participate in the live webinar or to get the link for the recording, please register. Only $7. Our list of upcoming global reads follow:

    Our line up for 2020...

    Glenn Albrecht - Earth Emotions -  Read more

    Gaurav Sinha – Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business - Read more

    Heather Malin – Teaching for Purpose - Read more

    Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer – The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook - Read more

    Glenn Albrecht - Earth Emotions; February 18 at 2pm Pacific

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    As climate change and development pressures overwhelm the environment, our emotional relationships with Earth are also in crisis. Pessimism and distress are overwhelming people the world over. In this maelstrom of emotion, solastalgia, the homesickness you have when you are still at home, has become, writes Glenn A. Albrecht, one of the defining emotions of the twenty-first century.

    Earth Emotions examines our positive and negative Earth emotions. It explains the author's concept of solastalgia and other well-known eco-emotions such as biophilia and topophilia. Albrecht introduces us to the many new words needed to describe the full range of our emotional responses to the emergent state of the world. We need this creation of a hopeful vocabulary of positive emotions, argues Albrecht, so that we can extract ourselves out of environmental desolation and reignite our millennia-old biophilia—love of life—for our home planet. To do so, he proposes a dramatic change from the current human-dominated Anthropocene era to one that will be founded, materially, ethically, politically, and spiritually on the revolution in thinking being delivered by contemporary symbiotic science.
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    Glenn Albrecht
    Glenn Albrecht retired as professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in June 2014. He was at the University of Newcastle as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies until December 2008. He is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health, broadly defined. He pioneered the research domain of 'psychoterratic' or earth-related mental health and emotional conditions with his concept of 'solastalgia' or the lived experience of negative environmental change. Solastalgia has become accepted worldwide as a key concept in understanding the impact of negative environmental change in academic, creative arts, social impact assessment and legal contexts.

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    Susan De GaiaHost: Susan de Gaia, Ph.D.

    Susan earned her Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics at the University of Southern California. She has designed and taught courses for California State University, including Science and Conscience, Religion and Society, Comparative Religions, Writing, and Literature. She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History (ABC-CLIO 2018/19), winner of two awards for best reference work. 

    Susan also serves as an ambassador to the Charter for Compassion Environment Sector and facilitates courses in Compassionate Integrity Training. 

    Susan teaches Death and Dying for Central Michigan University's Global Campus. Her course Death and Dying: Grief and Climate Change, offered through the Charter for Compassion Education Institute, starts on March 16.

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    Gaurav Sinha – Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business; March 3 at 7 am Pacific

    Gaurav SinhaBe inspired to transform your business to change the world . Do you ever wonder how successful businesses can be used as a force for good? Do you sometimes feel conflicted by the principles of capitalism? Do you wish to change the world around you whilst doing what you love? In this book, Gaurav Sinha, world-class businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Insignia in 2003, outlines the economics of empathy for life and for business. He offers actionable solutions to maintaining a successful trade in a changing global landscape where conscience, ethics, and authenticity are high on the agenda. The world is changing, perceptions are shifting, consumers are evolving, and this book will ensure your business keeps up.


    download 3Host: Olivia McIvor - Culture Enricher, Author & Leadership Development Facilitator

    There isn’t anything I haven’t seen that you could surprise me with.”  says, Ms. McIvor, emphasising that she doesn’t wear this as a badge of honour, rather, as a statement that brings her sadness and a driving motivation to be a social change advocate in organizations.  Throughout her 32 years in Human Resources she has witnessed the grief and joy that comes to work everyday in the wake of suicides, divorces, bullying, addictions, mental, emotional and physical illness, and workaholism all culminating to a lack of human civility.  The fall out is a lack of individual and organizational resilience and unrest. 

    And, she will quickly add, she has also seen the power of healing that comes from workplaces that intentionally and tenderly take care of their emotional culture.  Disruptive Kindness… is the new morale.  As a social researcher, educator, author and speaker, Ms. McIvor no long doubts the power of kindness as a social change strategy to support organizations to get to the root causes of problems instead of only addressing the symptoms.

    Olivia is the best-selling author of three books: The Business of Kindness, Four Generations-One Workplace and I See You.  As a subject matter expert on five generations gracing our workplaces, she believes that its not our differences that divide us, rather, its our judgments.   She ascertains if we can begin to release these divergent views and see the gifts each cohort brings to the workplace that building collaborative relationships and personal engagement will be the natural outcome achieved.

    Her work has been embraced by industries including Healthcare, Technology, Education, Retail, Wholesale, Tourism, Hospitality, Financial, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Telecommunication and Manufacturing.

    She is a post secondary educator and teaches in the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

    Her Philanthropic work has her serving as the global Director for The Charter for Compassion Education Institute and as an Advisor for the Kindness Foundation of Canada. 

    Ms. McIvor lives in Vancouver, British Columbia

    Visit Ms. McIvor’s LinkedIn profile at: 

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    Heather Malin – Teaching for Purpose; April 7 at 7 am Pacific

    teachingforpurposeIn Teaching for Purpose, Heather Malin explores the idea of purpose as the purpose of education and shows how educators can prepare youth to live intentional, fulfilling lives. The book highlights the important role that purpose—defined as “a future-directed goal that is personally meaningful and aimed at contributing to something larger than the self”—plays in optimal youth development and in motivating students to promote the cognitive and noncognitive skills that teachers want to instill.

    Based on a decade of research conducted at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, the book explores how educators and schools can promote purpose through attention to school culture, curriculum, project learning, service learning, and other opportunities. Malin argues for expansive thinking on the direction schools should take, especially in terms of educating students to be creative, innovative, and self-directed critical thinkers. The book includes profiles of six organizations working in schools across the US that have made purpose development a priority.
    Infused with the engaging voices of purposeful youth, Teaching for Purpose offers a fresh, inspirational guide for educators who are looking for new ways to support students to succeed not only in school, but in life.

    “Teaching for Purpose offers educators practical ways to carry out what is possibly the most important part of their work: seeing the humanity in their students by acknowledging and encouraging their hopes and dreams, and then helping them to develop the skills and confidence for putting those hopes and dreams into action.” — Vicki Zakrzewski, education director, Greater Good Science Center, University of California at Berkeley

    Heather Malin is the director of research at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, where she conducts research on diverse aspects of purpose development.

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    Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer – The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook; May 5 at 7 am Pacific

    ChrisKristinPamadjust300x276Are you kinder to others than you are to yourself? More than a thousand research studies show the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need. This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being. In a convenient large-size format, the book is based on the authors' groundbreaking eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is packed with guided meditations (with audio downloads); informal practices to do anytime, anywhere; exercises; and vivid stories of people using the techniques to address relationship stress, weight and body image issues, health concerns, anxiety, and other common problems. The seeds of self-compassion already lie within you—learn how you can uncover this powerful inner resource and transform your life.

    Kristin Neff, PhD, is Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research. Her books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program (for professionals). She is also author of an audio program, Self-Compassion: Step by Step, and has published numerous academic articles. She lectures and offers workshops worldwide. Together with Christopher Germer, Dr. Neff hosts an 8-hour online course, "The Power of Self-Compassion."

    Christopher Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally.

    Host: Michael Karlin, Ph.D.

    michaelkarlinMichael Karlin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Life University in the Positive Human Development and Social Change Department and the Associate Director of the Life University Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics. Karlin is the co-author of Compassionate Integrity Training, a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. Karlin received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies from Emory University in 2014. His dissertation, “‘To Create a Dwelling Place for God’: Life Coaching and the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Movement in Contemporary America,” is an ethnographic study of two Jewish life coaching programs that blend psychology, religion and contemplative practice in order to provide resources with which individuals can construct moral selves and heal psychological wounds.

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