All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.
As Ralph Waldo Emmerson once said, ‘I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.’ Each of us is the product of the stories we tell ourselves, the stories our culture, our society, our family, our friends, our teachers, our filmmakers and our authors tell us. The books we write and read play a role in what forms our identity and our opinions but they can also be revolutionary, helping to free us from an identity that has been constructed by others and to see through the ideology in which we are immersed. Reading can and should help us to learn how to live well within society, by encouraging us to reach inwards and explore ourselves and showing us how to reach out and connect with others.
The internet has enabled humanity to reach beyond the limitations of geography in order to make connections and spread ideas. There are many organisations that are working to liberate our perceptions, encouraging us to change the stories we tell ourselves and ultimately to create new social structures that reflect a more sustainable and holistic way of living. The global scale of the internet enables the wide dissemination of ideas but also their local implementation in the form of new community groups creating change on a small scale.
We are living in an exciting time and I want to help this change in my own small way by listing a range of organisations, books and articles that I find exciting and that provide new and sometimes ancient, perspectives on creativity, spirituality, politics, economics. . . a diverse array of subjects, yet connected by their focus on positive change, on individual, local and global scales. It is possible to make a difference and these resources prove it.
I will add to these resources as often as I am able. I hope you enjoy my selections and if you know of any books or organisations that you feel should be included, then please do let me know. You might also like to explore my previous blog, Write on the Fringes which contains material about story, creativity and the art and craft of writing.