I seem to be reading so much more these days. Reading has always been a bit of a chore for me: I am a slow reader and because of my background as a publication designer and sometimes-editor, I tend to pick fault with bad grammar and spelling mistakes—I guess I am easily distracted.
But I am giving myself permission to be who I am, accept the slow reading pace, maybe look at ways of improving it, but derive the positives from perhaps having to read things two or three times.
But it seems these days, at every turn, I am adding another book to the list I need to read. Just now I read an article shared on FaceBook and it really resonated with me—it is like a shining light of sense and hope!
It is by Dr Nafeez Ahmed (executive director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development ) and the article can be found at: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/18/transition-tipping-point-revolution-doom
He ends this splendid piece with:
“We do not have the option of pessimism and fatalism. There’s enough of that to go around. Our task is to work together to co-create viable visions for what could be, and to start building those visions now, from the ground up.”
I am adding his book to my must read list (which is growing by the moment). I do hope it is avaibale as an eBook so I can get it sooner rather than later!
Part of my list as at 22 March 🙂
- A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save It (Nafeez Ahmed)
- Affluenza: When too much is never enough (Clive Hamilton)
- Good design guide interactive e-book (Leyla Acaroglu)
- Underminers: A practical guide for radical change (Keith Farnish)
- Prosperity without growth (Tim Jackson) Also, go watch the following as a taste of the stuff that Jackson talks about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ3Rnfg8oUE
- How much is enough? The love of money and the case for a good life (Robert and Edward Skidelsky)