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Bead & Reel's Book Club

I've always been a bookworm and was thrilled to receive an overwhelming positive response to the suggestion of starting a book club for fashion activists, so please join me in filling our minds and heart with some much-needed wisdom.

Each month I will share what book I am reading about ethical fashion, social justice, self care, or other topics important for activism, and together we can become more educated, inspired, and activated for the work we have ahead.

Join me for the conversation on Bead & Reel's Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ReelBookClub, and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date with the monthly books, opportunities for chats, and other ways to be involved in the Bead & Reel community. 


The Idealist's Survival Kit: 74 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout
By Alessandra Pigni

The Idealist's Survivor Kit Alessandra Pigni Bead & Reel Activist Book Club

The Idealist’s Survival Kit is a series of 75 short reflections on mindfulness in action designed to support humanitarian professionals and volunteers in addressing the specific themes and issues that they are likely to encounter in their work. The Idealist’s Survival Kit is built on the premises that changing the world starts from within and that personal development and global development are interlinked.

Informed by academic research on humanitarian studies and aid workers’ lifestyle, as well as organizational psychology and studies on burnout, Alessandra Pigni offers concrete help to aid workers. She shares their personal stories of working on the frontlines, gathered over years of interaction with humanitarian professionals and backed up by cutting–edge research, to offer antidotes to burnout, loss of motivation or purpose/meaning, and other challenges that aid workers often face. Getting to know ourselves, setting appropriate boundaries, extending respect to oneself and colleagues—these are the conditions that allow all of us to engage with any situation with more awareness, openness, and compassion for ourselves and others. The reflections focus on aid workers’ well–being and connect personal and global development.




Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Good Citizens by Thich Nhat Hanh Bead & Reel Bookclub

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. In Good Citizens, he lays out the foundation for an international solidarity movement based on a shared sense of compassion, mindful consumption, and right action. Following these principles, he believes, is the path to world peace.

Key topics include the true root causes of discrimination and the exploration of the various forms of violence; economic, social, and sexual violence. He encourages the reader to practice nonviolence in all daily interactions, elaborates on the practice of generosity, and teaches the art of deep listening and loving speech to help reach a compromise and reestablish communication after misunderstandings have escalated into conflicts.