Below is a preliminary reading and resource list to look at to prepare yourself for a summer in the United States. This is by no means exhaustive. These resources form part of the new NSL Academy where we are expanding our mission to teach and inform people of how to use stories to inspire change, not just in the Middle East, but wherever people feel stuck in an old story.
NOTES ON THE ARTICLES
Writers like Grossman, Orwell and Morrison remind us that language soon becomes a casualty of war, and how violence defeats our human capacity to imagine the other, or to express those finer and softer emotions of compassion and mercy and love. The research institute CNS tells us that our capacity to change is determined by our capacity to listen. If people are stuck in their old stories, its largely because they are not listening to themselves. It is why NSL is so insistent on teaching people how to listen.
Writing in the Dark by David Grossman- the foremost Israeli writer
Story as the Shape of Our Listening by the Center for Narrative Studies (CNS)
The Gift of Speech by Toni Morrison-American Authors Nobel speech
Politics and the English Languageby George Orwell- the famous essay
.NOTES ON THE MULTI- MEDIA- ROAD TRIP NATION
Road Trip Nation was always a favorite of earlier programs, the account of a group of American students who decided that, instead of graduating into the normal, expected roles of life, they wanted to find their own path. To do that, they bought an old green bus and went on a road trip across the continent interviewing amazing people who broke the mold, and found their own unique role in life. We used to ask all our students to conduct two or there interviews in the Road Trip Nation style before they came to Washington, and while in DC. It is a great way to find mentors.NSL’s WALL OF STORIES
What makes NSL work so special is that every summer, we listen to amazing stories from amazing young people and we record them and add them to what we all our Wall of Stories. Anyone who visits Jerusalem knows that it is a City of Walls. Our idea was to use our stories as if they were part of these walls, and turn each brick into a window, where the window opens into a story that you can click and listen to. These windows open on each side of the wall, and allow you to travel where perhaps you have never traveled before. It is what we know about stories, in that they don’t need passports of visas, and they can get across any check points. You can’t defeat a good story and if people take the risk of listening, they take the risk of being changed.
Road Trip Nation by Mike Mariner and N. Gebhard
Wall of Stories 2015 by NSL Students
Wall of Stories, 2014 by NSL Students
The NSL European Conference, 2013 by NSL Alumni and Founders
Wall of Stories, 2013 by NSL Students
Wall of Stories, 2012 by NSL Students
Wall of Stories, 2011 by NSL Students
Wall of Stories, 2010 by NSL Students
The best way to discover your own story is to explore the story of others. Coming to Washington in the Presidency of Barack Obama is an opportunity to learn his story, and understand how he governs is a function of his narrative, and how it joins the larger American story. Other great stories are Martin Luther King Jnr and Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Dorothy Day. Some works here look at Power ( Nye, Machiavelli, Alinsky Plato) or get inside an election campaign and how it uses stories, (Presidential Plot) The final few texts remind us that even UN Secretary Generals ( Hammarskjold) and Roman Emperors ( Marcus Aurelius) have deep interior lives. They take time to listen to their conscience, their intuition, and write it in their personal journals.
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
20th Century Speeches by Brian MacArthur
The Future of Power by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
The Presidential Plot by P. Andrew Costello
The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Tribes by Seth Godin
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
Katherine Graham’s Washington by Katherine Graham
Faith of our Fathers by John McCain
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 by Taylor Branch
The Republic by Plato
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp
The Little Book of Conflict Transformation by John Paul Lederach
The Character of Leadership by Michael and Deborah Jinkins
The Arc of Ambition – defining the leadership Journey by James Champy and Nitin Hohria
The Mature Manager Managing from Inside out by Tony Humphreys
Hope is not a Method by Gordon Sullivan and Michael Harper
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Markingsby Dag HammarskjoldPUBLIC SPEAKING
Each member of the NSL team delivers at least one keynote speech before an important audience in Washington DC. It can be before members of Congress, before academics or members of the diplomatic community. In recent years, the NSL team has briefed foreign affairs experts at the State Department and at the US Institute of Peace. And every year, the team present before 200 people who belong to a three faith community of a church, mosque and synogogue. To learn how to make a powerful speech, we want you to learn from the masters, King, Kennedy and Lincoln listed below.
The Speeches of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. provided by MLK Online
The Speeches of President John F. Kennedy provided by the JFK Library
The Speeches of President Abraham Lincoln provided by Abraham Lincoln Online
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