Reclaiming Conversation,

Sherry Turkle

“This book opened my eyes that true dialogue is not a nice to have but a need to have for people of all ages. The notion of a ‘crisis of empathy’ now feeds all of my work on social issues, be it literacy, child empowerment or sustainability.”

(Laurentien van Oranje)


Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground. The book is an eye opener about the impact of the digital world on our lives, interaction and indeed our entire future. A must-read for everyone active in human empowerment in a digital age. 

Building the Bridge as you walk on it, Robert Quinn

“This book has sort of been my guiding light in all of my work over the past 7 years, particularly in setting up new NGOs and putting new issues on the agenda: “When you’re embarking on something that’s never been done before, there’s no way of knowing how to get there. You simply have to build the bridge as you walk on it.” (Laurentien van Oranje)


This book is about what Robert Quinn calls "the fundamental state of leadership." It explores what is required to reach this transformative state. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices: reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges readers to assess themselves on each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth. The author emphasizes that developing leaders is not a simple matter of imparting a set of concepts or reaching into a toolkit of strategies and behaviours. To become a leader requires engagement in the process of deep change in oneself, thereby inviting others to do the same. 

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