Just as with the activities that we co-jointly organise, the aim of reading and watching films and documentaries is to bridge the divide of understanding, to critically explore generalisations and misconceptions and in doing so, to become a better version of ourselves and hopefully, co-create a more creative and open society.
Let’s interrogate the narratives of our societies – the stories that perpetuate stereotypes and discrimination, and lets engage in active self-definition making sense of our history and deciding our future now! Below are but a few drops in a sea of literature that inspires and fuels our search for a world without borders.
Citizens without Borders reference list:
Constructing the citizen by Helen Haste in Political Psychology 2004 Vol. 25(3)
Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch by Immanuel Kant, 1795
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
Education for Critical Consciousness by Paolo Freire
A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule the future by Daniel H. Pink, 2006
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939
The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal, 2011
The Anthropology of Empathy: Experiencing the Lives of Others in Pacific Societies by Douglas W. Hollan and C. Jason Throop, 2011
Global citizens: how our vision of the world is outdated, and what we can do about it by Mark Gerzon, 2010
The practices of global citizenship by Hans Schattle, 2008
How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith, 2008
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth, 2008
The three questions by Jon J. Muth, 2002
Wisdom from the Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz, 2003
The Tao of Pooh By Benjamin Hoff
Film and video:
We are overloaded with information… and there seems to be little time to do anything else. In our reading and video club you do not have to read the book or article in it’s entirety if you can’t. One or two people will take charge of giving a summary and participating in the discussion is enough to benefit.
Got any books or films to add to this list? Start a discussion and share why it inspired you!