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Books and Films That Inspire Active Global Citizenship

Some weeks ago we asked our friends on Facebook to share with us suggestions of books and films that inspire active global citizenship and creative community collaborations. Thanks to the kind contribution of Linnea, Babsi, Monica and Gail we have come up with this incredibly inspiring list of resources that are really worth reading and watching.

We hope that they will inspire all of us to take initiative in our communities and become agents of change!


Mosquito Tactics (CISV Sweden book)
How to Change the World: social entrepreneurs and the power of new ideas
by David Bornstein
Stones into Schools
by Greg Mortenson
The Power of Unreasonable People: how social entrepreneurs create markets that change the world
by John Elkington & Pamela Hartigan
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos
by Manal M. Omar
The philosophy of Human rights
by Patrick Hayden, in particular Richard Rorty's thoughts about "sentimental education", p.241-256.

Movies (all based on books)

Pay it Forward
A movie about a 11 year old kid that comes up with a "Pay it forward" plan, which means the recipient of a favor does a favor for a third party rather than paying the favor back.

Freedom Writers
A story based on Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California. The title is a play on the term "Freedom Riders", referring to the multiracial civil rights activists who tested the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering the desegregation of interstate buses in 1961.

Desert Flower
A movie about the life of a Somali model, Waris Dirie.


TED Talks
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Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Man in the Mirror by Michal Jackson
Right now by Van Halen
The Day After Peace

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