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Since 1997, over 45,000 copies of our books and videos have been sold as textbooks, and to individuals. We imagine they've been read and seen many hundreds of thousands times, by people all over the world.
by Linda Wolf, with Neva Welton
Brand new stories, updated resources, a must have for anyone wanting to lead circles.
Speaking and Listening from the Heart: The Art of Facilitating Teen Talking Circles (dsistas press, 4th edition 2014) by Linda Wolf and Neva Welton, is a must-have guide for beginning and seasoned facilitators, teachers, social service providers, parents, counselors, and anyone working with youth serving organizations, or who care about the health and emotional well being of young people. Based on the work Teen Talking Circles, and its mother organization, Daughters Sisters Project, Speaking and Listening from the Heart contains two decades of lessons-learned through facilitating and participating in weekly teen circles.
Visually and emotionally engaging, and deeply informative, Speaking and Listening from the Heart contains a rich array of stories, interviews, photographs, exercises, resources, and invaluable information for starting and running circles. Included in the 150-page book is a foreword by Jean Kilbourne, creator of the Killing Us Softly video series and author of Can't Buy My Love, and a conclusion by Dr. Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice. Also included are interviews and quotes from community leaders, such as: Leah Green, founder of the Compassionate Listening Project; Jackson Katz, founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention and creator of Tough Guise; and Paul Kivel, founder of the Oakland Men's Project and author of Boys Will be Men.
Speaking and Listening from the Heart is not only an invaluable resource for anyone who works with or wants to work with teens, it is also a timely and critical message about the importance of providing youth with safe places to explore their lives and express themselves openly, while keeping the lines of communication between generations, genders and cultures open, honest, compassionate, and real.
Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood (New Society Publisher, 1997) has sold over 30,000 copies. It is about the courage it takes to face and change self-destructive thinking and behavior, to live with unanswered questions, to persevere against odds, to accept oneself, to tell the truth, to stay connected, to forgive, to say no, to change habits, to be passionate, to stand up for what one believes in, to finish school, to be friends, to stay sober, to face death, to love, to care, and to be compassionate.
It is about becoming a woman, choosing a spiritual path, being a feminist, being an athlete, living through anorexia and bulimia, attempted suicide, depression, self-discovery, media influence, child abuse, molestation, drugs, pop culture, peer pressure, body image, teen pregnancy, teen motherhood, sustainable economics, sexuality, bisexuality, love, health, marriage, minority experience, and interracial relationships.
It is about living in the web of life from the female perspective, and about history and the women who have struggled for equality, opportunity, education, and inclusion. Pollyanna does not appear in this book, but neither does Ophelia. The girls and women whose voices enrich these pages show others that they are not alone, that they need not be erased by their challenges, and are capable of making their own choices and being empowered by the experience. The book is about seeing that the issues girls deal with stem from much larger problems in our world, and must be worked on simultaneously.
Global Uprising (New Society Publishers, 2001)
By Neva Welton and Linda Wolf, has sold over 12,000 copies and is being used as a textbook in many high schools and universities.
There's a growing new global movement for justice today, and it's largely driven by a new generation of activists. Young people from the US and around the world are standing up for peace, the environment, and for social justice - and they're demanding to be heard.
Global Uprising documents this new youth movement through compelling first person narratives, interviews with both new and seasoned activists, poster art, poetry, and striking black and white photographs. Issues addressed include globalization and economic inequity, racism and women's rights, police brutality, media control, sweatshop labor and fair trade, the prison industrial complex and the criminalization of youth, old-growth forest destruction, and biotechnology. Older activists and world leaders tell their own stories, offering historical perspective and context.
Visually and emotionally powerful, Global Uprising captures the spirit and passion of youth activism, honoring young people's power to effect serious change. It will have wide appeal to younger people and to a range of others who care about the state of the world today - and tomorrow.
"This book can help open the hearts and minds of teenage people so that they will be prepared to create the world we all desire. Speaking and Listening from the Heart offers state of the art understandings and practices to facilitate a revolution in compassion, relationship and creativity." Jean Houston, PhD
"Speaking and Listening from the Heart has a great deal to teach all of us -- regardless of age -- about the demanding and all-important art of attentive care for self, others, and communities, and is a gift of immense and timely value." Christine DiStefano, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington; Co-Founder, Center for Women & Democracy at the University of Washington
"I am encouraged that the Daughters Sisters Project has developed such a loving template, which can now be passed on and used by so many. I can't help but reflect on how young women's lives will be so different because of the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful process. Had I encountered DaughtersSisters at their age, I know mine certainly would have been." Lindsay Wagner, Actress; Co-Founder, Peace Makers Community
"...[Global Uprising] is an exciting piece of contemporary history. It brings us the voices of some of the finest young people of this generation, accompanied by the commentaries of veteran activists and scholars... For anyone despairing of the rule of money and power over human life, here is a testament to the spirit of resistance, a reason to hope."
These are the voices of the world... of youth emerging into radical adulthood... beautiful, hopeful, youthful, even in the face of great and terrible repression. These are the voices of tomorrow."
Many new facilitators have asked us how to get girls or guys to come to the talking circles in the first place. This DVD is our answer for new facilitators. It contains documentary footage of Girls Group, Guys Group and GenderTalks,and interviews with facilitators and participants, board members and others! It's something facilitators can show a group of kids, so they can begin to understand what a Teen Talking Circle is and how they can benefit from one.
I am a Full Woman is a photo montage by Linda Wolf, sponsored by Daughters Sisters Project, and seen over 30,000 times. Free online. A great short video to present to groups of teens and adults to promote human dignity. Music by Rachel Bagby.
"Awesome film - awesome women - awesome, Linda Thanks" Arnold Mindell