We’re excited to launch our online Book Club for Wellbeing and Connection, an opportunity for us to celebrate everything going on through our civil society networks, encourage people to share and learn, discuss the latest thinking and research on reducing loneliness during lockdown, and most importantly, build connections between civil society workers, volunteers, trustees, and those people that their organisation serves.
We want to encourage sharing and learning experiences through the book club, in order to generate a greater sense of social solidarity and togetherness.
The sessions will be facilitated by Kate Shurety, the former Executive Director (now associate) of The Campaign to End Loneliness. Each session will begin with with a short Q&A between the author and Kate, followed by an opportunity for all participants to discuss and share ideas.
Reading the book is not essential for participation – rather, we want to hear your thoughts and experiences of the topic on hand.
In December, we’re very excited to be joined by Ece Temelkuran. She is the author of How to Lose a Country, and the recently published Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now.
Ece is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator. In her writing, she puts forward a vision for how we can enact social and political change, together.
‘Temelkuran is a brilliant writer, finding humour, hope and humanity in the darkest corners of our current malaise. It lifted my heart and my spirits’ – Brian Eno
Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3EJZsXM
Our third book club meeting took place on Tuesday 25th May at 7pm with Empireland author Sathnam Sanghera.
Sanghera’s latest book explores how imperialism has shaped modern Britain.
” This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history” James O’Brien
Three free copies of the book were sent out to book club participants.
Watch and download here: https://bit.ly/3vroB4h
On Wednesday 7th July, we were joined by renowned anthropologist and psychologist Robin Dunbar to chat about his new book, Friends.
In his book, Dunbar draws together decades research on friendship to explore how it influences our health and happiness, as well as the mechanisms that make and sustain friendships.
“Friends offers poignant observations about how we have evolved to rely on one another for help and companionship – and how these bonds make our lives meaningful” Clea Skopeliti
We gave away five free copies of the book on a first come, first serve basis.
Watch and download here: https://bit.ly/3AFkdSk
Jon Cruddas MP joined us for an informal chat about his book, The Dignity of Labour on Wednesday 6th October.
Drawing on his many years of experience working for his Dagenham and Rainham constituency, Jon examines the history of Marxist and social democratic thinking about work and adds to the highly contentious debate on the future of work.
‘…a trenchant reassertion of the centrality of work in the politics of the common good’ The Guardian
Watch and download here: https://bit.ly/2Yt6jUQ
We were in conversation with Jon Yates on the 3rd November, 7pm, discussing the themes in his book, Fractured: Why societies are coming apart and how we put them back together again
His book explores the deep-rooted reasons for the fractures in our societies, and sets out clear suggestions for how we can overcome them as a community.
‘Analytically incisive yet infectiously optimistic, Fractured expertly diagnoses the deepest divisions in our society and provides an urgent manifesto for collective healing.’ David Lammy MP
We’re gave away three free copies of the book on a first come, first serve basis.
Watch and download here: https://bit.ly/2ZZengY