Read the latest reviews of books and films about building a better world.

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Friday, 13 October, 2017
That Other Voice book cover

British journalist and broadcaster Graham Turner's new book, That Other Voice, addresses the fundamental issue of whether or not there is a God who can speak to us in this day and age. And, if so, how? Turner takes a suitably sceptical view without making any presumptions. He interviews people from the major faith traditions: Jewish, Hindu, Christian, sufi Muslim, Tibet Buddhist and including the emphasis of Initiatives of Change on silent listening in 'quiet times'.

Monday, 04 September, 2017
A Naga Odyssey Book Cover

Nagaland is a mountainous state in Northeast India. It borders Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Myanmar and Manipur. It is inhabited by 16 ethnic groups, all unique in their customs, language and dress. It became the 16th state of India in 1963 but since the 1950s has experienced insurgency and violent inter-ethnic conflict which continues to this day.

Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü, a man from Nagaland, together with Richard Broome, an Emeritus Professor of History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, wrote this book, 'A Naga Odyssey' which tells an extraordinary story of a 21st-century Odysseus who took 20 years, like his Greek counterpart, to return home at last.

Tuesday, 08 August, 2017
The Gandhi Experiment Book Cover

‘The Gandhi Experiment – Teaching Our Teenagers How to Become Global Citizens’ is a short, easily digestible book that has been developed to suit flexible learning situations. Some chapters can be completed in one session, while others focus on overarching concepts that can be taught over multiple lessons. Each chapter is full of tools and strategies for peace building that are easily adaptable according to context.

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Frank Buchman, initiator of Moral Re-Armament, was an American with distant Swiss-German roots. Buchman had a deep love for Germany. The period covered here, roughly 1920-1950, begins with a defeated Germany suffering economic collapse and widespread hardship following World War I. It covers the 12 years of Nazi power, which promised rebirth but brought tyranny, genocide and national destruction. It ends as a democratic Federal Republic and a reconciled Western Europe are about to take shape.

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Shanaka Fernando is the revolutionary pioneer who created a chain of community restaurants called Lentil as Anything. The ‘pay-as-you-feel’ business model became a hit in the 2000s, filling up seats up all operations hours. He was recognized as ‘Australian of the Year’ in 2007, and was also featured on MasterChef with the Dalai Lama in 2012.

Friday, 09 December, 2016

The Promise of Diversity: the Story of Jerzy Zubrzycki, Architect of Multicultural Australia by J.H. Williams and J. Bond.

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Wednesday, 28 February, 2018

The film sheds light on Frank Buchman's philosophy and experiences in creating peace in a cynical and war-torn world

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018

The film sheds light on Frank Buchman's philosophy and experiences in creating peace in a cynical and war-torn world

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018

'The Man Who Built Peace' sheds light on Frank Buchman's philosophy and experiences in creating peace in a cynical and war-torn world. In essence, the film paints Buchman as an unsung hero who was deeply involved in spiritual and practical means of reconciling relations and healing wounds. His efforts in conflict resolution involving countries affected by World War II, including France, Germany, Japan and the Philippines, are central to the film’s narrative. Footage of actual events that took place in this process powerfully depict the importance of seeking and accepting forgiveness. The film shows his wisdom, passion for spiritual enlightenment and love for people. 'You can plan a new world on paper but you have to build it out of people,' Buchman argues.

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