The Global Read

    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...

    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

    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.

    Gaurav Sinha
    The perennial protagonist, Gaurav is passionate about place-making, strategy & storytelling. His philosophical views are shaped by the principles of Buddhism and as a brand strategist he has authored the narrative for some of the world’s most revered international brands within the real estate, hospitality, travel and tourism industry.

    Gaurav Sinha is the author of the book titled Compassion Inc. which sits at the intersection of life philosophy and business strategy, providing insights about unleashing the power of empathy in life and business.

    Born and raised in India, Gaurav joined Hilton Hotels in 1997 as Head of Marketing for the Arabian Gulf and in 2003 he established Insignia Worldwide, a branding, design and communications firm that specializes in luxury hospitality, travel, tourism and destination brands. 

    A vibrant thought leader, Gaurav is renowned for his expertise in brand strategy and reputed for being a creative protagonist in his field. As an anthropologist, author and activist, he works at the intersections of strategy and storytelling, curating cultures and creating destination brands that resonate with distinction. He is also the founder of Quillon Hospitality, a boutique development advisory and white-label hospitality management company and IN.TRAVEL Network, an outsourced sales representation and revenue optimisation firm for luxury hotels.

    Gaurav is an active philanthropist along with his wife Lucy Bruce, and co-founded Harmony House, a day-shelter for over 500 destitute children in India.He is ranked 11th amongst the 50 Most Powerful Indians in the UAE and 47th amongst the 100 Most Influential Indians in the GCC by Arabian Business magazine. Gaurav is actively involved in the tourism and hospitality industry and on the advisory board of numerous associations and conferences as well as a strategic partner of the Hotel Asset Managers Association.


    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

    VickiPhoto Small 1Host: Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D

    Vicki Zakrzewski (zahk-shef-skee)is the founding education director of the Greater Good Science Center. As an international thought leader on the science of well-being in education, Vicki is a contributor to Greater Good, ASCD’s Educational LeadershipEdutopia, and Huffington Post. She gives talks and workshops all over the world, and leads the GGSC’s Summer Institute for Educators—an annual multi-day event in which education professionals learn how to enhance their skills and those of their students in the areas of compassion, empathy, gratitude, mindfulness, and other social-emotional skills.

    Vicki also sits on several advisory boards and consults and collaborates with organizations on how to incorporate the science of well-being into education. She’s collaborated on initiatives with the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Stanford University; UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development; Science for Monks and Nuns in India; the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, UAE. Vicki is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and has also collaborated with the Jim Henson Company and Pixar/Disney and much more.

    A former teacher and school leader, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama, researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.
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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: michaelkarlinMichael Karlin, Ph.D.

    Michael 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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