Small Ways to Shape Our World is a meaningful and practical book of fifty small ideas to encourage kindness, thoughtfulness and quiet rebellion.
I was delighted to receive a copy of this little book from Igniting Change, a charity in Melbourne (Australia) committed to bridging the ever-growing social divide in our community.
As part of those efforts, they, in conjunction with Hardie Grant Books and TBWA Melbourne, have created this book of small wisdoms. Each message in Small Ways to Shape Our World was sourced from the brave organisations and individuals they walk alongside, with the hope of evoking greater compassion, empathy and kindness in our society.
They are not doing this as a fundraising venture. They simply believe in the capacity a book has to shift perspective and encourage real human connection. A sentiment all avid readers and book lovers share, I am sure.
Quiet rebellion… that really struck a chord with me.
As the equation at the start of the book says, “small change x lots of people = big change”.
Between the sturdy, gloss hardcovers and brightly coloured end-papers, are an eclectic mix of statements and questions, from the thought-provoking
“Why do cultures have elders but others have the elderly?“
and “What three things would you take if you had to flee your home?“
to the quirky “Annoy a moth, kill the lights“
and one of my personal favourites “Try saying hello, even in small spaces“.
Each small wisdom is accompanied by icons symbolic of it. The stark, minimalist illustrations help convey meaning without overpowering or distracting from the statements.
Small Ways to Shape Our World is a lovely book just to have lying around on the coffee or side table, somewhere visible as a reminder, so that you can dip into it whenever you’re in need of a kickstart or just a little perspective.
And, at only $10AUD this quality product is a gift of meaning and potential far greater than its price tag.
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* My receiving a copy from Igniting Change for review purposes did not impact the expression of my honest opinions in the review above.