Reading Selections

We used the powerful tool of text-based dialogues as an integral component of Indicorps workshops. Here are a few readings we recommend to help reframe the lens with which you see yourself and your role in the field. Set aside some time to read, deliberate and internalize these nuanced compositions. Delve deeper with these passages as conversation prompts.

I Double Dare You

A short poem about finding edges and interconnection
Pavi Krishnan
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A simple elucidation of the inter-existence of all things
Thich Nhat Hanh
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Letter From Birmingham City Jail

A powerful rebuttal of the criticisms levied by eight white clergymen
Dr. Martin Luther King
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Shooting an Elephant

An anecdotal insight into when ego drives action
George Orwell
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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

A short story and political allegory about happiness predicated on the suffering of others
Ursula Le Guin
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The Way of the Farmer

An exposition on the simplicity and wisdom of being a small-scale farmer
Masanobu Fukuoka
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This is Water

A commencement speech that helps question default settings and encourages critical awareness
David Foster Wallace
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Web of Life

A short speech relating the sacredness of the earth and of life
Chief Seattle
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You Can Do Hard

A reflection about embracing challenges as a teacher
Bo Lozoff
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