Reading, References and Ideas

Time to Disobey

References and Inspiration

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]” Martin Luther King, Jr., 16 April 1963, online

“Deflating the Ruling Elite through Civil Disobedience,” with Chris Hedges, on For the Wild Podcast.

“Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau, 1849

Reflections on Civil Disobedience, Hannah Arendt, September 4, 1970, The New Yorker

The Transmission of the Revolutionary Spirit: Reflections on Civil Disobedience

in Hannah Arendt, Stefania Fantauzzi, University of Barcelona, Online

Useful resources to inspire disobedience

Creative Civil Disobedience, Vandana Shiva

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, Documentary Film, 2021, Documentary Film https://vandanashivamovie.com/ 

Stand with Standing Rock: https://standwithstandingrock.net/

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded. Beyond the Non-profit industrial complex.” Edited by INCITE! Women of colour against violence.

Tools for Civil Disobedience, Beautiful Trouble, https://www.beautifultrouble.org/toolbox/#/tool/civil-disobedience

Fridays for Future – Take Action: https://fridaysforfuture.org/take-action/

Be More Pirate – join the network: https://www.bemorepirate.com/ 

Note: this is just a snapshot, if you’d like us to add further resources to this list, do share them with us.

Working with Impossible

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

The Uncertainty Experts, Sam Conniff and team: https://uncertaintyexperts.com/

“The climate crisis is a governance crisis,” by Juha Leppänen, Demos Helsinki

Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, Social Innovation Foresight #1, with Johanna Koljonen, Roope Mokka, Cassie Robinson and Geoff Mulgan.

A General Theory of Possibility: The Abstract Art of Otherwise and the Physics of Resilience, The Marginalian, Maria Popova

World Uncertainty Index, https://worlduncertaintyindex.com/

Collective Intelligence Design Playbook, Nesta. https://www.nesta.org.uk/toolkit/collective-intelligence-design-playbook/

“Disrupting adultism in the climate change conversation,” Rejuvenate

“Pourquoi la COP26 sera un échec,” Jean-Claude Vignoli, personal blog

The Art of Conversation

“Glasgow’s 2030 credibility gap: net zero’s lip service to climate action,” Climate Action Tracker.

“From Hero to Host,” Interview and other writings by Margaret Wheatley available on her website.

“La morale de Sartre . Une reconstruction,” Gerhard Seel, Le Portique, revue de philosophie et sciences humaines, https://journals.openedition.org/leportique/737

“Why we contradict ourselves and confound others,” Daniel Kahneman in the On Being podcast.

“Nothing tastes as good as feminist accountability feels,” Leila Billing, online

We are Feminist Leaders, https://www.wearefeministleaders.com/ 

La Passagère du silence, Fabienne Verdier, Livre de Poche, and her website: https://fabienneverdier.com/

“Anthropology and the study of contradictions,” Edited by David B, Université Libre de

Bruxelles. Available online.

“The Conscience of Words,” from At the Same Time, Essays and Speeches by Susan Sontag, Picador.

“Perception and the Power of the Critical Imagination: Alfred Kazin on Embracing Contradiction and How the Sacredness of Human Attention Shapes Our Reality,” Maria Popova in Brainpickings.

The Trees are Gardening Us

‘Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest,’ Vandana Shiva, Yes! Magazine
“Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon,” Nature Magazine, April 2019 

‘Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need,’ Yale School of the Environment.

The Nation of Plants, A radical manifesto for humans, Stefano Mancuso

Forest and tree symbolism in folklore, J. Crews

Interview with Amitav Ghosh: The Crisis of Imagination, De Balie

The Rights Studio Festival, Living Objects, a digital forest exhibition exploring the connections between technology and climate change, and the lessons we can learn from the oldest storytellers in our world – trees.

UNESCO World Heritage Forests https://whc.unesco.org/en/review/61 

Entangled Life: How Fungi make our worlds, change our minds, and shape our futures, Merlin Sheldrake

Trees are wired for wisdom, On Being podcast with Forest Ecologist, Suzanne Simard

The Hidden Life of Trees : What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, Peter Wohlleben

The Romance of the Trees, Pleasure Garden, October 2018

The (Lost) Art of Conversation

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett

Holding Oneself Open in a Conversation, Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Ethics of Dialogue, Scherto Gill, available on Researchgate

To Speak or not to Speak, Edition 13, Thursday Thoughts, Obenewa Amponsah

Thich Nhat Hanh on the Art of Deep Listening and the 3 Buddhist Steps to Repairing a Relationship, Brainpickings by Maria Popova

The art of conversation, John Armstrong, The Conversation

Rene Magritte, ‘The Art of Conversation

‘Why conversations are often boring,’ The School of Life

‘The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866,’  Project Gutenberg

Why We Walk

Wanderlust, A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit

A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit

Walking, H. D. Thoreau, published in the Atlantic

Bashō and the Aesthetics of Wandering: Recuperating Space, Recognizing Place, and Following the Ways of the Universe, Thomas Heyd, available online

Songline, Common Ground, https://www.commonground.org.au/learn/songlines

The Poetry Foundation, Matsuo Basho, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/basho


Unlearning to Grow

Manish Jain http://www.shikshantar.org/author/manish-jain

Manish Jain in conversation with Rob Hopkins, “Our work is to recover wisdom and imagination”

Radical Unlearning, Anjali Nath Upadhyay on For the Wild podcast

“The Problem with learning is unlearning”, Mark Bonchek, Harvard Business Review


Beauty as Intervention

Sensuous Knowledge, A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone, by Minna Salami

Consolation; The solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, David Whyte

Becoming Wise, An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett

Beautiful Trouble, https://solidarity.beautifultrouble.org/

On the necessity of beauty, Bronte Velez, For the Wild Podacst

On William Morris, The Collector, and The Art Story

Art, Sexuality and Queer Culture, a history of LGBT+ artists, The Boar, University of Warwick

The Birth of Black is Beautiful Movement, BBC

The Trees are Gardening Us

‘Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest,’ Vandana Shiva, Yes! Magazine

‘Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon,’ Nature Magazine, April 2019 

‘Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need,’ Yale School of the Environment.

The Nation of Plants, A radical manifesto for Humans, Stefano Mancuso

Forest and tree symbolism in folklore, J. Crews

Interview with Amitav Ghosh: The Crisis of Imagination, De Balie

The Rights Studio Festival, Living Objects, a digital forest exhibition exploring the connections between technology and climate change, and the lessons we can learn from the oldest storytellers in our world – trees.

UNESCO World Heritage Forests https://whc.unesco.org/en/review/61 


Further inspiration

Entangled Life: How Fungi make our worlds, change our minds, and shape our futures, Merlin Sheldrake

Trees are wired for wisdom, On Being podcast with Forest Ecologist, Suzanne Simard

The Hidden Life of Trees : What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, Peter Wohlleben

The Romance of the Trees, Pleasure Garden, October 2018