There’s a new piece in the UK Guardian about “book doulas.” Is this a thing or is a marketing gimmick, the piece asks, and the internet being what it is, the skeptics are out in force. Ten years ago I left my day-job as a Communications Director for non-profits and dove into the challenge of […]
Alongside her work as a facilitator, futurist, and author, adrienne maree brown (about whom I wrote more here) is also a birth doula, for babies. In Emergent Strategy she writes: Birthwork teaches us to engage tension, but not to indulge drama. It is another form of facilitation, making the miraculous experience of birth as easy […]
Late to the party… Still, I thought I’d share this bit from the book that “everyone” was reading last year, seeing as it relates to my work in the world: How did Homo sapiens manage to cross this critical threshold [150 individuals], eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds […]
How lovely to hear that this Book Doula-assisted baby has been nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring the power of the written word to promote peace. In their words: “Find Me Unafraid is a protest anthem cloaked in a love song.” It was nominated alongside Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates! […]
It has been an incredible honor to play a small role in birthing this story of love and triumph by Kennedy Odede & Jessica Posner Odede. This baby arrives October 13, 2015, but can be pre-ordered today. Hint, hint.
This baby will arrive in bookstores in 2 weeks’ time. In the meantime, you can PRE-ORDER it in your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store. Pre-orders help make this book a success, and I will be eternally grateful for yours!
The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar […]
The first Eclectic Bookshelf was around this time of year one year ago.
Ai-jen Poo, author of a forthcoming book with the Book Doula called The Age of Dignity, just received a hugely-deserved huge honor: one of 2014’s “Genius” awards from the MacArthur Foundation. “It’s true that ‘It takes a village’ to raise a child, but it’s also true that it takes a village to take care of […]
Every day, in every interaction, each of us has an opportunity to build the new foundational narrative of life, or cosmology– that is, the story that answers our deepest, most central questions like: What is Life For? Why are we Here? This is the same story that shapes all our institutions including our economic system, […]